About Our Farm & Philosophy

Sustainable Non-Conventional Farming, Inspired By Nature

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 berries we also work with other local beekeepers and offer 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!

 

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News and blog

Winter Solstice Luminary Walk

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, September 19 :: 9:30am

Dec. 20-23, 2018

Go for a night time walk around the Serpent Mound & Lavender Labyrinth on evenings surrounding the winter solstice. 

Tickets will be sold per car/family vehicle = maximum of 6 people per vehicle please. 

Only 50 tickets per time slot. Time slots are for a two hour time period. During that two hours you are invited to enjoy walking around our beautifully lit paths to the Lavender Labyrinth and Serpent Mound lined with almost 2,000 luminaries. Afterwards, sit around the bonfire and get toasty. If you would like, you may enjoy making smores and sip on some hot cocoa/hot tea for a small donation. This is meant to be a meandering enjoyable time. Dress appropriately for the weather conditons. 

A percentage of the event proceeds will be donated to a local charity. I haven't decided on one yet.

***Event will be cancelled if there is a Level 1 Snow Emergency issued in Wood County. 

Call for more info - 419.261.0908

To Purchase your ticket follow the link below.

 

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Learn Encaustic with Beth Genson!

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, September 12 :: 11:00am

 

The Art of Encaustic

Join Beth Genson on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Schooner Farms / Inspired by Nature, 14890 Otsego Pike, (Corner of Rt. 6 & Rt. 235), Weston, Ohio for half-day or full-day workshops exploring the medium of encaustic.  Full details on the brochure attached.Get creative without fear!  Whether you are an artist or just want to have fun, you can’t help but be inspired as you discover the process of applying hot wax and pigment along with other materials to create abstract or representational works of art.  All equipment, tools and supplies for these workshops are included in the cost.  Bring an apron to cover your clothing and wear closed-toe shoes. Must be 18+ and sign a release as you will be working with hot wax.  Minimum of 4 participants per session, maximum of 8.

Yes, sign me up 

Register for one of the following options:

 

INTRO TO ENCAUSTICS - Class Level: Beginner-Novice Saturday, October 27, 2018; 8 AM-12 Noon This beginner-level encaustic workshop will give participants a hands-on introduction to the encaustic process.  $60

 

ENCAUSTIC STUDIO - Class Levels: Beginner—Intermediate Pre-Requisite: Intro to Encaustics Saturday, October 27, 2018; 1 - 5 PM This workshop will explore techniques and best practices for using wax. Develop your creativity using brushwork, fusing, layering, mark making and mixed media.  $60

INTRO TO ENCAUSTICS and ENCAUSTIC STUDIO*SAVE - Register for both the morning & afternoon class for $100, lunch provided! Register here

Fall 2018 Hours Update

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, September 5 :: 9:55am

Our Fall Office Hours are as follows

Mon- Fri 9-1 or by appointment

Saturdays by appointment

We are usually in and out, or out in the fields working but are happy to meet you anytime - just call 419-261-0908 to schedule an appointment. 

Looking for Honey? Try a few of our favorite sweet spots!

Grounds for Thought in BG

The Summer Kitchen in Helena

Shirlee Sei Bella Beauty Salon in BG

Wood County Historical Museum in Bowling Green

 

 

Ag Venture Tour - Coming SOON!!

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, September 5 :: 9:53am

Sept. 15th 

10 am - 5 pm

Tour Wood County Farms

Blackberries are ready!

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, August 8 :: 10:22am

U-Pick Blackberries are available. $4/qt - Certified Naturally Grown. 

Only sunshine & rain on these little gems! Come pick Mon-Fri 8:30-1 (close at 2) and Sat. 9-11 (close at noon)

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