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Posted 3/30/2010 12:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Whoa, is it gorgeous out today or WHAT? After the fog finally lifted it is turning out to be lovely! A little chilly as of noon time but the Forecasters promise warm temps are coming. Did any of you have a chance to see the full moon last night? Gorgeous! I saw an article in the Farmer's Almanac Online Newsletter about the "Worm Moon" it had this to say, " At the time of this spring Moon, the ground begins to soften and earthworm casts reappear, inviting the return of robins. This is also known as the Sap Moon, as it marks the time when maple sap begins to flow and the annual tapping of maple trees begins." I thought you might enjoy that little tidbit of lunar gardening lore and the fact that we use earthworm castings for fertilizer is also a plus.

This morning I sent out a bunch of handbooks and welcome letters to our lastest batch of CSA Customers. We only have three full shares left! Right now we are growing for roughly 40 families! How cool is that? Thank you all for joining and we're itching to get in the dirt! This morning, Schooner & I took some more seeds up to Abby with Toledo Grows which is located at the Toledo Botanical Gardens. Abby showed Schooner all the little seedlings that she started a week or so ago. They look great & very healthy! Abby and the volunteers at Toledo Grows are doing a wonderful job and we are very appreciative of their efforts!

Shannon is coming over to work on the hives today. She and Schooner will go out and set the rest of the beehives up and get them ready for the bee packages that should be arriving this week or next. Hopefully, it will dry out enough for Schooner and Matt to prep the garden beds and lay out the irrigation lines soon.

Posted 3/24/2010 1:59pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Whoopee! Who would have thought we'd be close to selling all our shares so quickly? WOW!

A HUGE Thanks to all the CSA members! We truly appreciate you joining us on this new adventure! It has fell into place so well it's almost frightening! You know when something is right when it all comes together and feels great!

If you're still thinking about joining you better do it quickly! Only 7 left as of right now!!



Posted 3/23/2010 6:30pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.


Schooner & Shannon spent last Friday afternoon checking in on the bees. Unfortunately, we had a bit of mouse damage, nothing too terrible but enough. This was Shannon’s first experience working with the bees. She did a stellar job.


The two discovered that one of the boxes was still full of honey. Shannon was a little shocked – not realizing that it was going to weigh over 40lbs. This colony of bees is a strong bunch. They were originally a swarm we caught by chance a few years ago. These little gals have managed to keep their colony alive for two winters! Which, around here is a unusual occurrence with all the trouble honeybees are having. In a few weeks we will make a split. This is where you spilt the colony and force them to make a new queen. Then you take the spilt and place the bees in a different hive in a different bee yard.

Posted 3/17/2010 10:27am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Just a note of THANKS to the folks who have signed up to join our CSA! As of this morning, we only have less than a dozen shares left! Between this morning's mail and several phone calls we are getting closer to our goal of 30 shares. 

If you are interested please let us know as we anticipate we will be sold out within the next week or so. Our Schooner Farms newsletter is in the works & will be out soon. This newsletter is different from our CSA member newsletter.

On Thursday, Shannon will have her first full suit beekeeping experience! Check back in for photos!

Posted 3/15/2010 12:13pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

AHHHHHHHH.... is all we can say. The smell, the greeness (I doubt that is a word, but work with me) the simple lushness of a greenhouse is just, well, ahhhh.... heaven.


Abby met with us this morning and gave us a tour of The Toledo Grows section of some the greenhouses at the Toledo Botanical Garden. It was wonderful. The staff there does an incredible job. The greenhouse was clean, tidy and had lots of little seedlings coming on and a ton of beautiful plants in storage. There was an amazing gardenia bush that was just begining to bloom. In a day or two it will be magnificiant! I'm jealous!


Abby looked over the seeds an said she'd get started today! She's got a lot of work ahead of her - yet she seems undaunted.

Tuesday evening is our first informational class. We have several folks signed up. It will be informal and casual. We're looking forward to it!

Posted 3/13/2010 12:33pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

It's a lovely Saturday here in Northwest Ohio.... raining, dismal, grey and chilly, but with the spring showers the promise of warm and sunnier days are ahead! Recieved a box of seeds yesterday! YEAH! Now on Monday we're going up to Toledo Grows to meet with Abby & get a tour! We're so excited! Who doesn't love the smell of a sping greenhouse after a long cold winter?

Tuesday we have our first Meet & Greet meeting at the farm at 7pm. and we have had several folks sign up. We're very excited about meeting everyone! The Bowling Green Sentinel had a wonderful article by Janice Fouts about Schooner Farms and the CSA. Janice is a wonderful lady and we are very grateful to her for producing such a fantastic article. I have a link here to the article - 


Posted 3/10/2010 11:14am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Finished ordering all the seeds today, we had a few varieties we were trying to decide upon and now we’re in business! Abby Sackmann, our delightful and extremely ambitious assistant gardener is associated with “Toledo Grows”. Abby along with the fabulous gardeners at Toledo Grows will be planting & growing most of our plants for us in their greenhouses! We can’t thank the folks at Toledo Grows enough for their help and dedication to getting us up and running! Schooner Farms will defiantly be involved with their projects and help were we can with their causes!

Don & I are just in awe at the good fortune we have had since we decided to start the CSA. Matt, Abby and Shannon are all wonderful, good and honest young people. Fate certainly smiled upon us when they answered our ads for assitance. We still shake our heads and get goose pimples when we realize our dreams are coming to fruition and we have three passionate and incredible people to be part of it! We must have done something good to have kharma come around to this degree!

Back to the seeds, for a number of years Don & I have been customers of Johnny’s Selected Seeds in Maine. So, that’s where we ordered all of our seeds for the CSA gardens. We encourage you to visit their site, . They are very knowledgeable and extremely helpful! Here’s a rundown of what we will be planting this year! Hang on, it’s a BIG list!! There are 30 Types of Veggies/Herbs and then there are 59 varieties within. I don’t think our customers will be lacking in diversity! This list does not include the few flowers we will have nor the raspberries & honey!





Big Beef


Cherokee Purple




Taxi - Yellow


White Cherry


550 BHN-624





Easter Egg








Sugarsnax 54


Green Beans


Fresh Pick






Red Ace




Bulls Blood




Blue Wind
















Ovation Mix


Elegance Mix








Red Cross




Encore Mix


Allstar Mix




Sarahs Choice



Ishikura Improved


256 Nabechan


Ailsa Craig






sugar snap


snow sweet






Hungarian Wax












Acorn Squash


Honey Bear




Butternut Squash


JWS 6823


Sweet Potatoes




Swiss Chard


Bright Lights




Sugar Baby




Red Gold - new


Yukon Gold  - mid


Kennebec - late


Dark Red Norland





Sweet Corn


Sugar Buns








Amethyst Improved








Forest Green





  Rosemary                  Standard Variety

Posted 3/9/2010 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Last Friday, Don, Shannon and Abby got down and dirty cleaning and repairing part of the hives for the season. Overall, they got a majority of the work done. Not a lot of repairs just some cleaning and routine maintenance.










It was a lot of work but very interesting and truly got everyone in the beekeeping mood! We have a few more hours to go before we finish all the empty hives and have them ready for new bees. We will doing a few spilts with the two bee colonies that overwintered. Hopefully, we'll capture a few swarms this season.

Posted 3/2/2010 12:18pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Love fresh veggies but don’t like to garden? Want fresh, organic, locally raised fruit and veggies? Then we have the program for you! Come to our “Get to Know Who Grows Your Food” meet and greet Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Session!

Schooner Farms has a wonderful opportunity for folks to enjoy the benefits of an organic garden without the work of maintaining it! In other words, we do all the dirty work and you just enjoy the fresh produce! That’s what a CSA is all about. You purchase a share of the garden and each week for 20 weeks you receive a portion of the harvest. Schooner Farms is located just a few miles west of the wind turbines on RT 6. Corner or St RT 235 & US 6.  Tues. March 16 at 7pm or Sat. March 20 at 10am. PLEASE RSVP! Limited Space! Call 419-261-0908 or email us at


Posted 3/1/2010 8:22am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

If it wasn't for all the seed catalogues and drawings of garden layouts piling up at the Schooner manse, I might think spring was a far off elusive dream. However, this morning when I took the dogs out to potty at 6:15 am I was delighted to hear a bird singing a song! It was all it took to put a smile on this gal's face!

Abby and several of her colleagues joined Shannon and Don for a meet and greet yesterday. Don was just thrilled with the enthusiasm and knowledge this young group of people has! We have been so fortunate to have Matt, Abby and Shannon sign on to help us bring the CSA together. It makes this project all the more meaningful and engaging.

On Friday we are going to be cleaning out & doing any repairs to the bee equipment. Shannon and Abby are coming down to lend a hand. It won’t be long and we’ll need to have the hives in place and ready for bees! On Saturday, Shannon, Don and I are going to an Ohio Bee Keepers Conference in Wooster. It’s a great place to meet new people, learn lots of tips and techniques from others and see what is new. We’re really looking forward to it.



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