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Thanks for a WONDERFUL 2016 Season

Posted 9/27/2016 10:12am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I always get a little sad when our final week arrives. We enjoy seeing you on a weekly basis and will miss our conversations. When we started the CSA years ago, we had no idea where this journey would take us. Every year is unique in it’s own way but similar in others. 2016 was a hot dry year but we had a wonderful harvest through the summer. 

 

Our garden staff and volunteers were amazing! Schooner and I cannot thank our crew enough for all their hard work and determination. 90 degree plus days out in the gardens were tough. The farm always attracts amazing people and this season was no different, whether it is staff, volunteers, members, visitors or just someone stopping by to see what we do. Schooner and I are very grateful for these interactions, these crossing of paths - you just never know where these connections may lead. 

 

On behalf of everyone at Schooner Farms I wish to say THANK YOU for being a member of the 2016 CSA. We appreciate your support and could not do what we do without you. Thanks you! 

 

 

Here’s the thing…

 

Here at the farm we love experimenting, learning, failing, succeeding, discovering and enjoying every day as it comes. We firmly believe there is something to learn everyday. Schooner and I both say we have not “worked” for many years. I think this is why the farm has a positive vibration and we experience all sorts of weird, wild and fabulous stuff. Truly. We do. 

 

Our goal is to leave the farm better than we found it. We want to make a difference on our little 20 acres of sunshine. Our goal is to create a place where people can come to learn about and be in awe of what the land has to offer. The simple act of picking an apple, or pulling a carrot out of the ground is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Our goal and legacy is to create a permaculture “Food Forest” where a wide variety of food can be grown abundantly. Food growing in harmony with nature - imagine that! Our food forest will have dozens of different apple trees, pear, plum, peach, nuts, grapes,  berries, herbs, perennial vegetables and many other plants. Obviously, this is a HUGE undertaking and will take several years to come to fruition. Once it is established, you will be able to ride through the forest and harvest a wide variety of produce. We also plan to expand on the berries. We added 300 blueberry plants this year and will add another 300 next. Red Raspberries will return to the farm along with a few other types of berries. 2017 will see us trying out about 10 types garlic for wholesale and retail clients. 

 

As you can see - we have pretty lofty plans. We love being diverse and having the ability to try new things. We have had to make a difficult decision in order to facilitate our goals. We are going to take a break from the CSA for a few years. We don’t have enough time or staff to do all the things we want and need to do. Schooner and I are both 47 and want to be able to see the food forest become a reality and see people enjoy it.  Despite Schooner’s boyish looks, we ain’t getting any younger. In a few years, once the food forest is producing we will revamp the CSA idea and create a new program designed around the berries and food forest. Granted, this is 4 or 5 years down the road but in the grand scheme of things 4 or 5 years is nothing compared to leaving our farm with a strong land ethic and a gateway for people to discover how amazing nature is. Not to mention, where their food comes from and how it can be grown without synthetics.  Our farm is not the norm and we like it that way.  Long after we are gone, we hope the farm continues to make people shake their heads and say, “what do they do there?” 

 

Thank you for being part of the journey. Many of you have been with us since the beginning. The CSA has been such a blessing to our lives. We have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and make new friends. We will miss our weekly interactions but hope you will still come out to the farm for berries, classes, events or just to visit and see what is happening. We have always told our CSA members - you are part of this farm and we mean that. 

 

The Staff at Schooner Farms

 

 

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