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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 ...by 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

 

 

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.

beekeeping

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.

beekeeping

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 -

http://www.sent-trib.com/trib/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=12097:shared-organic-crops-take-root&catid=1:fp&Itemid=115 

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