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 and by using little if no chemistry at all. 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, February 5 :: 12:57pm
I love snow, I truly do. Wintertime at the farm is a quest for quiet time to reflect on last season, prepare for the next and savor the moment. This winter I find myself restless and snowbound. So, to offset the winter woes I have been busy experimenting, plotting and planning classes/workshops for the 2014 season. We are most definitely doing a sourdough bread baking class. Schooner gifted me a lovely new NutriMill and a better dehydrator to make fresh sprouted flours. I really wanted this so I could sprout grains then mill them and teach you how to do it too. Who doesn't like bread? There are so many options and also ways for our gluten intolerant friends to enjoy breads again. I have been making bread, lots of it.
Doesn't a fresh loaf with some Schooner Farms Raw Honey or berry jam sound delightful? It does and this season we will be making some fresh baked goodness!
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, December 30 :: 2:05pm
Our winter session of Beekeeping class is about to begin! Jan. 11 is our Beginners Class.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, October 14 :: 12:03pm
This time of year is bittersweet for us here on the farm. We are always grateful for a bountiful season and the opportunity to connect with amazing people. Now, as we wind down and get ready for winter we are sad we won't be seeing our CSA members every week, we will miss the interactions with new customers and sharing the farm with them.
People often tell us they marvel at the things we do and how we go about doing them. For us, this is our passion and we are grateful to be able to do what we love and love what we do.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, September 23 :: 2:14pm
Overwhelmed, shocked, amazed and delighted are just a few words I can think of to descibe the amount of people interested in our CSA program. Our current members have first dibs then if we have openings we will offer them to our waiting list. Please be patient with us and thank your interest! Just sign up on our mailing list and "2014 CSA " is an option listed. Just sign up and we will be in touch with availability.
Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, August 5 :: 3:34pm
Beekeeping is an exciting, educational, fun and enthralling - it is easy to catch the "buzz"! Mike and Don offer a wonderful series of classes from Basic to an actual hands of apprenticeship.
Our classes are rotational, so if you can't make a session on month, perhaps you can make a repeat class later in the season. Classes are held at Schooner Farms near Weston, Oh.
Click here to go to our Beekeeping Class Page
Click here to sign up