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 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!

 

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News and blog

2017 Comes to a Close

Posted by Don Schooner :: Thursday, September 14 :: 12:35pm

WOW! Thank YOU so much for a fantastic 2017 Season. Berries were amazing and we are very grateful to all who came out and picked! This was our first year sans the CSA and I am going to be honest - I was heartsick for my CSA peeps. This year has been full of transitions. We lost two of our treasured staff members; Emily and Rachel are off to new adventures. I miss Emily like crazy but know she will come visit us. Rachel is going gangbusters with her silversmithing and we wish her success. She is incredibly talented. If you would like to see what she makes, visit her here on instagram - you will be delighted. She designed several pieces for me and I love them!

We have a few new staff members that are doing an amazing job! Holly and Duane have joined us and we couldn't be more thrilled. Both hail from Toledo and enjoy being out of the city and love soaking life at the farm. 

Alan is still doing that voodoo that only he can do. The summer of 2017 found him constructing a river system for our fresh water shrimp and he has been working hard at getting the barn ready for the lobster. Plus a whole lotta other farmy stuff. 

We had record numbers of people out picking berries. One day we had over 40 people out in the fields. Schooner and I both felt a huge sense of relief that people actually came out to be part of the experience. This was our first year to really open the berry fields and it was a huge success. Thank you all who came out and supported the farm. We always marvel at how our community continues to grow. Thank you for being a part of it.

We have our first wedding at the farm soon. We've been busy weeding and preparing for that. Fingers crossed for a beautiful fall day! 

We have several yoga classes coming up - The Saturday Series with Amanda continues. Check here for more info - Amanda is such a joy and her classes are very personable. No stuffiness here!

I have decided to hold off on classes this fall. We have a lot going on the next 6 weeks or so and I decided to hold off. We will have beekeeping and other classes in the late winter/early spring. 

Schooner Farms will be participating in a few holiday sales - keep posted for more info. Jams, herbal items, soaps and such! 

Thanks again for a wonderful 2017 Season! 

Grilling never had it so GOOOOODDDD!!

Posted by Don Schooner :: Monday, July 24 :: 9:53am

A few years ago, we were looking for a new grill. Tired of spending a lot of money on a decent grill that would only last three or four season we chose to invest in a ceramic grill. It has changed our cooking! We love our Primo and use it for not only grilling but for baking and smoking. The Primo will be the LAST grill we ever buy. Come see the Primo difference! 

Strawberries & Blackberries!

Posted by Don Schooner :: Monday, July 24 :: 9:45am

We've got sun kissed strawberries & blackberries ripe for the picking! Only sunshine and rain on these little gems! U-pick open Mon-Fri 8:30-2 and Saturday 9-12. $4.50/quart - no synthetics used EVER on our farm. All Natural!  

Certified Naturally Grown

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, June 28 :: 10:00am

We are thrilled to be part if Certified Naturally Grown. Here's a bit about what CNG is:

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

Our standards are based on the highest ideals of the organic movement. Our approach is based on transparency, direct relationships and a firm belief in our ability to create something uniquely valuable by working together.

Our mission is to support our members by promoting sustainable agriculture through peer-review certification, grassroots networking, and advocacy.

If you're considering CNG certification for your farm, be prepared to feel a sense of ownership and and pride in carrying on the work of maintaining and building our grassroots initiative.  

More than 750 farmers and beekeepers are Certified Naturally Grown. They are located in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. 

Summer Solstice Yoga Event

Posted by Don Schooner :: Wednesday, June 14 :: 9:10am

Have we got a DAY of Sun Celebration for you! Amanda Rzicznek, our favorite ray of sunshine has put together a stellar plan for a full day of celebrating the sun. 

 

Yoga ~ Meditation ~ Journaling

Culinary Herbs 

JUNE 24th

9 am till 3 pm

$75  per person

Space limited to 15 participants

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