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

Upcoming Beekeeping Class Feb. 20th

Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Thursday, February 11 :: 1:08pm

Basic Beekeeping Class 

Learn about the basic equipment, tools, costs, legal issues, what to expect when harvesting your honey, resources and references.This class is the basis for our series. To become a beekeeper you need to know what you are getting into, while beekeeping is enjoyable it is also very complex and many folks jump in without regard to some of the realities involved. This class is a MUST for people considering beekeeping. Students receive a beekeeping book along with handouts. 

 

February 20th at 9am till 1 pm 

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February 27th at 9 am till 1 pm 

 

 

 

Winter Yoga Classes with Amanda

Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Wednesday, January 6 :: 3:01pm

Amanda's Winter 2016 Schedule at Schooner Farms

Amanda has designed a wonderful series of special winter classes targeted to focus on specific elements of yoga. The series was designed to be of interest to all levels of yoga enthustiast. Refresh, reinvigorate and restore your yoga practice this winter.  

All classes begin at 9 am and last till 10 am

 

 

Follow the link above to sign up online

 

 Jan. 30 The Foundations of Yoga: Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned pro, we invite you to join Amanda to explore the roots of yoga, several basic poses for a well-rounded practice, and an introduction to breath work. 

 

Feb 27 Standing Poses: Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned pro, we invite you to join Amanda to explore the feet, their connection to the ground, and the poses root us for a meaningful practice. 

 

March 26 Balance Poses: Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned pro, we invite you to join Amanda to explore balance on and off the mat! 

 

April 23 Backbends: Whether you are brand new to yoga or a seasoned pro, we invite you to join Amanda to explore opening your heart, extending your spine, and finding happiness! 

 

Pricing 

$10 - per session if you sign up and pay online/at the farm in advance

$15 - per session at the door

Purchase a pass and save! Come to any or all! 

5 session pass - $45

10 session pass - $90

Amanda will also have weekly classes beginning in May - Stay tuned for more details. 

2016 Beekeeping Class Schedule Up

Posted by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner :: Monday, January 4 :: 1:15pm

Thinking of learning more about beekeeping? We have got a wonderful series available for you!

Mike Soboleski is our resident "Bee Guy" - Mike puts on a stellar class - fun, informative and just superb! Mike's passion and knowledge will inspire you! Sign up online! All classes are $25. 

Beekeeping Class Outline and Schedule

 

Fall Into Some Great Yoga Classes with Amanda

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 

10-11:30am 

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.

$30

 

 

We Made It

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.

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