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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.

Posted 2/24/2010 11:44am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Janice Fouts will be coming out to the shop on Thursday to interview Don about the new CSA and the Berry Farm. We're excited to have her come see what all is new since she was there last year. We ordered stawberries, rhubarb and asparagus today. The rhubarb and asparagus won't be ready for a year or two but the stawberries will be ready this summer. I can taste the jam on my homemade bread already!

Posted 2/18/2010 9:00am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

After installing Windows 7, we were both a little worried about getting the 'puter up and running this morning. We're happy to report - a few glitches here and there but overall a success! I managed to get the Membership Form downloaded and it appears to open without any trouble. YEAH!!! I love Small Farm Central! The ease of use and the versatility of the program makes web design a snap!

Just a few more pages to tidy up and revise and I think we've got a good foundation for the website so far. Don is meeting with Matt, our newest member of the team, this morning to plot out the garden. I've got to have Matt write up a little bit about himself so I can place it on the staff page. Matt is quite an energetic fellow, avid gardener and a truly passionate young man. We were very lucky to have him find us and look forward to learning and working with him this season!

In the meantime if you want to download the Membership Application, click on the box below

Membership Form


Posted 2/16/2010 4:24pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

We've been tweeking and have finally put the finishing touches on our Membership Guidelines & Application for the CSA. Whew! It'll be on the website by Thursday, maybe sooner! Thanks for your patience!

We did put our flyer on the site - visit our CSA FLYER page!

Posted 2/10/2010 1:39pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Baby it's cold outside! Brrrr.... Guess it is a GREAT time to sit here and look at photographs from last summer and try to think warm thoughts. Both dogs are curled up on sofa and I'm wrapped in my shawl wishing I made some more tea... Been busy today sorting through what I want to put on the website and how I want to make it all jive together.


Spent some time looking at numerous other CSA and Small Farm websites trying to glean some ideas. I found oodles of inspiration and jotted down lots of sketches and ideas. Now to come up with one of our own. I have started a CSA Member handbook that I'll make into a .pdf for easy download. I think communitcating with our customers is vital. Also, been making a few abstracts of Newsletters. We will have one each week during the CSA program and we'd like to marry it together with the Raspberry Farm too.



Posted 2/9/2010 1:15pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Spent most of last evening going through seed catalogues and dreaming of the smell of fresh dirt. Decided since this is our first year with the CSA we wanted to offer a nice selection of items but want to keep it simple as far as varieties, just good old fashioned veggies and fruits.


Posted 2/8/2010 1:56pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Don was out checking the beehives today. He discovered two had survived and we lost three. Now he'll bring the empty boxes in and clean them up and get them ready for spring. The two hives that have survived so far will be very strong and will be able to be spilt into four colonies. We'll just have to order  four packages of bees this spring. We can taste the honey already.... yum.

beehive at house



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