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Posted 5/3/2010 11:33am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

It's been a very wet few weeks and it looks like we are going to be getting even more this week. Ugh. Needless to say it has made working in the garden very difficult. Schooner and I are considering postponing the Sping Walking Tour on May 16th- - it's only a week and half away and with all this rain we haven't been able to get as much done in the garden as we had hoped - which is just part of the deal - BUT it means the tour will be a soggy mess. We're thinking on it and will decide for sure within the next day or two. I'll send an email to all  CSA members to let them know what the status is.

Lots going on despite the rain, lots of prep work, conduit bending for the row cover, sandbag filling, equipment prep and so on. I'll be out on site taking photos this week to show you what's going on at Schooner Farms! Until then - enjoy the sunshine and go out and get some vitamin D!

Posted 5/1/2010 12:04pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

275 more Polka raspberries planted, 50 rhubarb plants socked in just before dark, plastic mulch layer calibrated and tested, mantis tiller (16") assembled, flower seeds ordered, 500 more raspberry plants released for shipment to us next week, whewww! Very nice day outside. I think I have a redneck now.........i mean red neck! Very sunny today.

All this rain the past week has delayed getting some things done. Very frustrating but we've got plenty to do otherwise. Abby, Matt and Justin did a great job today! Thanks guys!

Posted 4/29/2010 12:05pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

What a mess. After all the rain Sunday, Schooner arrived at the garden Monday morning only to find over 2 acres of our field under water! Larry & Matt spent 8 hours today just digging a trench to release the trapped water into a ditch. I think we may have saved the potatoes. Time will tell. We ended up with over 3.5 inches of rain.

Our efforts at digging a very deep, very long trench by hand has successfully drained the excessive water from the field. The health of the south end of the potato rows remains in question but the rest of the the field should emerge unscathed! Whewww! That was a close one!

We had no frost damage at all. Everything was well protected and looks great.

Some of our new tools arrived yesterday. The greens cutter, the hatfield transplanter and the wire weeder came in. We checked under the covers and the peas are over 2" tall, some of the carrots and beets are beginning to sprout and the green onions survived the excessive rain without a problem. We hooped another row of raspberries yesterday. Some of the Polka raspberries arrived yesterday. Justin and Matt will be planting those today.

Shannon and Schooner split the hive today - we had three new queens to create three more hives. Keep your fingers crossed all goes well and the bees take.

The Sentinel Tribune had a nice write up about the Locavore event. Here's a link to the article if you'd like to check it out!

Posted 4/26/2010 8:23am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Chris Gajewicz, from BG City Parks, put together an excellent program on Saturday at the Simpson Garden Park in BG! Nice job! We're grateful to Chris for bringing together local farmers and introducing them to the public! We had about 40 or so people come and hear all of talk about the local food movement. Plus, we got to meet a few VERY nice Schooner Farms CSA members!

 Lots of interested people with excellent questions and concerns! It was a wonderful venue for local small farmers to meet the public and make folks aware of some of the small farmers in their neck of the woods! Thanks Chris!

           Locavore Talk  Locavore

Here's a few pics from the Locavore Event at SImpson Garden Park in BG

  Much rain today....way too much! We had three inches from yesterday plus more today. 1/2 of potatoes under water at least for now..... Will make it difficult to plant anything this upcoming week. Not so good!

Posted 4/21/2010 11:56am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

ocavore and Community Supported Agriculture Panel Discussion
Locavorism, (eating foods produced locally), and Community Supported Agriculture is taking off in our area. Please join the Bowling Green Parks and Recreation Department and Downtown Bowling Green as we co-sponsor this panel discussion on what it means to eat locally, meet representatives from local farms who provide produce and shares, and find out what outlets are available to local consumers. Join us on Saturday, April 24 at the Simpson Garden Park main meeting room. The panel discussion will be conducted from 1 to 2 pm followed by a drop-in open house until 4 pm. Invited guest speakers include representatives from The Downtown Bowling Green Farmer’s Market, Schooner Farms in Weston, Cherry Creek Far, Shoppe in Pemberville, Omega Meats in Grand Rapids, and Crazy Horse garlic Farm in Holland. This is a free walk –in seminar, however donations to the Simpson Garden Park are appreciated. For more information, please call 419.353.0301.

Posted 4/17/2010 4:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Over the last several days, much has been happening here at Schooner Farms.

On Thursday afternoon, Don and Justin planted over 400 asparagus roots.  There are still another 300 roots to plant.  When it is all done, we will have over 700' of row planted.  It will be next year before we can harvest any of it.

Don and Becky picked up the irrigation equipment on Friday morning.  This equipment will provide much needed water to the vegetable beds in the coming weeks and months.

Don and Abbie planted over 4000 green onion seeds on 40' of raised bed on Friday afternoon.  They also went over records on what Abbie had planted at the greenhouse to determine if we have enough transplants that will be ready to go when it is time to plant. 

Justin and Matt planted 500 Joan J fall red raspberry plants on 1000' of row this morning and then filled and tied over 300 sandbags this afternoon.  We will use the sandbags to hold down the floating row cover on the berries and the vegetables.  It is supposed to freeze tonight so we will cover over 2500' of raspberries and blackberries once the wind recedes before dark...

This upcoming week will continue to be very busy.  We plan to plant several varieties of potatoes, another variety of peas, and more berry bushes.  We will also begin to hook up the irrigation lines to the vegetable beds.  Stay tuned.


Posted 4/14/2010 3:59pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Sorry folks we are FULL up for 2010! Although, if you'd like to put your name in for our 2011 CSA please just join our mailing list and we'll send out information when the time comes!

Thank You to our 2010 CSA Members - here's to a great season!

Posted 4/14/2010 10:52am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Raspberries and asparagus are arriving at any time now - maybe right now. Schooner is off to see Wynn Brinker to get some Earthworm Castings - that's poo, for those that did not know. I mentioned earthworm castings to someone the other day and they looked at me like I was a koo koo for coconuts. I just might be... depends on if you ask Schooner.

We are planting asparagus now for next year. Can't wait! Yummo! Matt made a contraption to fill sandbags quickly - thanks to Schooner's youtube how to viewing. The sandbags will hold the row cover down and help weigh down the plastic on the hoops. Matt does a great job, very nice young man and so passionate about gardening and good food for people.

Posted 4/12/2010 8:06am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

We are hopeful to get our first planting of carrots and beets in today. The soil is finally beginning to dry out enough for an attempt by the afternoon. We will try out the new 6 row seeder. Conduit to bend into hoops, row cover to put on, sandbags to fill, seeds to plant, compost to turn, beds to plan, and then noon it may be time for a 15 minute break! Not a lack of things to do.....that is for sure!

Some of our new raspberry plants will be in this week along with asparagus. It's going ot be a super busy week!

Posted 4/6/2010 11:54am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Schooner and Matt are hard at work out in the garden. They prepped the field yesterday and got a few beds ready for the potatoes, carrots, radishes, and onions. The warm weather and sunny days have helped dry the ground out so we were finally able to work it. Schooner and I cut about 30lbs of red potatoes last night for planting today. Matt got them all planted in NO time! WOW! Matt also got the peas all planted and Schooner was hoping to get the carrots & beets in this afternoon.

Matt prepping garden

Matt out prepping the garden





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