About Our Farm & Philosophy
The idea behind Schooner Farms was to take our little 20 acre corner of the world and expand our use of it by raising chemical free pick your own raspberries and blackberries in 2009. We already had a natural pond and lake management company, Inspired By Nature, established at the site. The focus of Inspired By Nature is to encourage pond owners to care for the water resources naturally. We do not use any synthetic chemistry at all on our farm. This notion of land stewardship and conservation was really the incentive of trudging forward into the berries. honey and now a CSA.
In 2010 we also began a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) garden. The response has been tremendous. We have had the opporunity to meet so many wonderful and like minded people. Naturally, we picked a rough year weather wise to begin but it ought to make the future garden season seem less difficult! In 2010 Schooner Farms CSA grew food for 60 families. In 2012 we had expanded our memebrship to 80. Our goal to keep the "Community" in our CSA program means that we do not wish to be like a subscription produce farm. We want to keep the "Community" in our CSA. We want you to know the farmer growing your food, we want you to feel like you are a part of our farm and to do that we chose to limit our membership to 30 in 2013. Along with our produce we also have 10 beehives that we harvest raw honey from for sale. Our three ponds are managed naturally and a full of healthy fish. The ponds provide the irrigation to our fields.
Our goal is to be able to offer classes on a variety of topics, such as: beekeeping, canning, organic gardening, nature crafts, land ethics and much more. We both enjoy learning and sharing with others - that connection to like minded people is something we cherish.
If you are in Weston, Oh please stop in! We'd love to show you around the farm!
Schooner Farms & Inspired By Nature from above
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Wednesday, October 14 :: 9:36am
Amanda will be teaching a few special classes this fall. Our weekly yoga classes will end the last week of October BUT Amanda has graciously offered to do a few special classes you won't want to miss!
Saturday Morning Yoga Class
November 28th & Dec. 19th
All levels. All welcome. Longer time means longer savasana! $10 each
An Evening of Restorative Yoga to Celebrate Winter Solstice.
December 18th 5:30-7pm
By candlelight, we will burrow into restorative poses, explore the breath, and awaken the consciousness with chanting.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Tuesday, October 13 :: 8:07am
Wow! What a season this has been. So, so, so many things to be grateful for; excellent staff, amazing volunteers, decent harvest considering the wet and cloudy season, wonderful CSA members, lots of new friends, community support, all the new improvements and classrooms, getting to live our passion, the list goes on and on. Truly.
I am ready to slow down a bit and regroup. It has been a busy season with so many exciting opportunities. We have been all over North West Ohio talking on a variety of topics - the most popular is our Apron Program. It is such an honor to share the heartwarming stories of family memories. I enjoy learning new stories and have been gifted some incredible aprons that are safely nestled in my collection waiting to be shared. What a gift.
The farm is coming together beautifully and with the hard work of our staff and volunteers it was a successful season. We could not do what we do without these amazing people. This season we had a lot of young people - what a blessing that has been. Schooner and I get to enjoy being "parental" to a certain degree and everyday we are humbled by witnessing the awe and wonder in these young folks.
We are very grateful to our CSA Members. Many have been with us for several years and we had a few new ones, too! What joy it is to watch children think of the farm as their own and scurry out to pick berries or check on crops. It was a rough year with so much rain and cloudiness, so a few crops were not as plentiful but we certainly had a lot of variety to make up for that. The huglekultur mounds proved to be invaluable with all the flooding in the spring.
Thankful, grateful and fortunate are we as the season ends and we look forward to a little down time to plan for 2016. Soon enough the mailbox will be bursting with seed catalogues and I will be lost in the fray. Many thanks to our members, visitors, staff and volunteers for a wonderful season and we look forward to making new memories in 2016.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Thursday, August 13 :: 8:17am
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Wednesday, August 12 :: 6:48am
This summer has zipped by. Well, let's be honest - the "summer weather" has finally arrived just before school starts and fall is in the air. How lovely it was to sit out under the arbor and enjoy the birdsong along with the warmth of the rising sun this morning. It is these moments I relish. Just basking in the quiet of the morning, being present in the beauty that surrounds me. The farm has become such a magical place.
Yesterday I had the delightful pleasure of meeting two ladies from Forest, Ohio. The one gal had heard about a fermenting presentation I had done at the Hancock County Farmer's Market a month or so ago. She called and asked to pop in to see the farm and wondered if I had a scoby for kombucha (fermented tea full of probiotics) I did and she would stop in. So she and her friend came and were both so excited about what we do here and of course, she was over the moon about the scoby. We chatted and then went into the sundry. She asked how much for the scoby - I said, my gift to you. She was stunned and insisted she pay. I told her no, please enjoy, I believe in sharing the love. We had a nice conversation and their enthusiasm and excitement really made my day.
As I sat under the arbor this morning, a huge smile came to my face thinking of those ladies and the interaction we had. There is magic to this farm and the things we do. It was a much needed reminder as yesterday. I am grateful for my time this morning to reflect and appreciate the day.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, July 27 :: 12:34pm