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Posted 12/1/2017 10:50am by Don Schooner.

Winter hours are by appointment only. In Bowling Green, you can find our honey available at Grounds for Thought. Also in Bowling Green, Healing Sapphire Massage has a lovely variety of our products and other local artisans. Our friends at The Summer Kitchen in Helena also carry our soap and honey. 

If you would like a tour or to stop in please call us at 419-261-0908 This time of year we are in and out, so it is best to make an appointment. 

Posted 11/27/2017 11:52am by Don Schooner.

 

Posted 11/6/2017 1:48pm by Don Schooner.

We are ever so grateful for the opportunity to showcase our farm produced goods at the Grounds For Thought Holiday Boutique. We are honored to be asked to be part of this star studded local artisan/producer boutique. It is a wonderful way to show your community support and shower local artists with a little love! 

Posted 9/14/2017 12:35pm by Don Schooner.

WOW! Thank YOU so much for a fantastic 2017 Season. Berries were amazing and we are very grateful to all who came out and picked! This was our first year sans the CSA and I am going to be honest - I was heartsick for my CSA peeps. This year has been full of transitions. We lost two of our treasured staff members; Emily and Rachel are off to new adventures. I miss Emily like crazy but know she will come visit us. Rachel is going gangbusters with her silversmithing and we wish her success. She is incredibly talented. If you would like to see what she makes, visit her here on instagram - you will be delighted. She designed several pieces for me and I love them!

We have a few new staff members that are doing an amazing job! Holly and Duane have joined us and we couldn't be more thrilled. Both hail from Toledo and enjoy being out of the city and love soaking life at the farm. 

Alan is still doing that voodoo that only he can do. The summer of 2017 found him constructing a river system for our fresh water shrimp and he has been working hard at getting the barn ready for the lobster. Plus a whole lotta other farmy stuff. 

We had record numbers of people out picking berries. One day we had over 40 people out in the fields. Schooner and I both felt a huge sense of relief that people actually came out to be part of the experience. This was our first year to really open the berry fields and it was a huge success. Thank you all who came out and supported the farm. We always marvel at how our community continues to grow. Thank you for being a part of it.

We have our first wedding at the farm soon. We've been busy weeding and preparing for that. Fingers crossed for a beautiful fall day! 

We have several yoga classes coming up - The Saturday Series with Amanda continues. Check here for more info - Amanda is such a joy and her classes are very personable. No stuffiness here!

I have decided to hold off on classes this fall. We have a lot going on the next 6 weeks or so and I decided to hold off. We will have beekeeping and other classes in the late winter/early spring. 

Schooner Farms will be participating in a few holiday sales - keep posted for more info. Jams, herbal items, soaps and such! 

Thanks again for a wonderful 2017 Season! 

Posted 7/24/2017 9:53am by Don Schooner.

A few years ago, we were looking for a new grill. Tired of spending a lot of money on a decent grill that would only last three or four season we chose to invest in a ceramic grill. It has changed our cooking! We love our Primo and use it for not only grilling but for baking and smoking. The Primo will be the LAST grill we ever buy. Come see the Primo difference! 

Posted 7/24/2017 9:45am by Don Schooner.

We've got sun kissed strawberries & blackberries ripe for the picking! Only sunshine and rain on these little gems! U-pick open Mon-Fri 8:30-2 and Saturday 9-12. $4.50/quart - no synthetics used EVER on our farm. All Natural!  

Posted 6/28/2017 10:00am by Don Schooner.

We are thrilled to be part if Certified Naturally Grown. Here's a bit about what CNG is:

Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) offers peer-review certification to farmers and beekeepers producing food for their local communities by working in harmony with nature, without relying on synthetic chemicals or GMOs.

Our standards are based on the highest ideals of the organic movement. Our approach is based on transparency, direct relationships and a firm belief in our ability to create something uniquely valuable by working together.

Our mission is to support our members by promoting sustainable agriculture through peer-review certification, grassroots networking, and advocacy.

If you're considering CNG certification for your farm, be prepared to feel a sense of ownership and and pride in carrying on the work of maintaining and building our grassroots initiative.  

More than 750 farmers and beekeepers are Certified Naturally Grown. They are located in 48 states and four Canadian provinces. 

Posted 6/14/2017 9:10am by Don Schooner.

Have we got a DAY of Sun Celebration for you! Amanda Rzicznek, our favorite ray of sunshine has put together a stellar plan for a full day of celebrating the sun. 

 

Yoga ~ Meditation ~ Journaling

Culinary Herbs 

JUNE 24th

9 am till 3 pm

$75  per person

Space limited to 15 participants

sign up here

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Posted 6/9/2017 10:27am by Don Schooner.

U-Pick Hours

Mon-Fri 8:30 - 2

Sat. 9-12

Delicious, gorgeous, sun ripened gems! 

Posted 3/2/2017 6:18am by Don Schooner.

Boy, this weather has us itching to get out in the gardens! As many of you already know, we will not be doing the CSA for a few years. Not because we don't like it or it was unsuccessful but because we are moving in other directions. Diversity is very important to us and is part of our philosophy. Due to our diversity we simply can't do it all and do it well. So we had to take a hard look at where we want to be in 5 years. 

Our main business is Inspired By Nature, a natural pond and lake restoration company. We have been helping pond owners in our region for 21 years. Land Stewardship and Land Ethics are central to our mission at the farm. Our gardening methods are unique and viewed as hokey by some but the proof is in the pudding and we have shown that. The hugelkultur mounds have proven themselves over and over. When you can grow food for 40 families in an 8o foot mound for 6 weeks - it speaks for itself. We like to do weird things. We love to learn and experiment. Don is passionate about permaculture and we want to create a permaculture food forest. The food forest will take several years of intense planning and planting to come to fruition. A food forest is permanent agriculture, where you have a wide variety of fruit trees, nuts, berries, perennial vegetables, herbs, annual vegetables, and more. The plantings are done in "guilds" where they support and benefit each other - companion planting. Over the course of a season due to the diversity one can harvest all sorts of wonderful food all grown naturally and truly experience seasonal eating. The food forest is our legacy to leave to our community. We desire future generations to be able to experience picking fruit fresh off the vine, to learn that you do not need to use copious amounts of synthetic chemistry to grow food. 

To create the food forest will require a great deal of time and we have always told people - we are NOT vegetable producers. We are more like a giant garden.We will also be expanding on our u-pick berries; strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and a few others. We will never be without a vegetable garden, only now we will just be sharing it with our staff and volunteers. There are several wonderful CSA's in our area that concentrate on vegetable production - this is what they do and they do it well. The funny thing about our fellow CSA Farmers is that we are friendly to each other, offer support and are don't have to be competitive with each other. What a beautiful thing! I will miss the CSA terribly. I love the weekly interactions with our members and honestly, our members have become like family to us. We are incredibly grateful to our members. Many of our CSA members were with us since the beginning seven seasons ago. How do you not miss that connection? Stop out and see us for u-pick berries, workshops or a tour of the farm. The lavender labyrinth is always a lovely walk or check out the serpent mound. We will have several events coming up over the season so stay tuned!

If you are interested in a local CSA, check out localharvest.org for CSA Farms in our region. There are more and more popping up all the time. A few that we are friends with are -

Shared Legacy - they have a drop off at the Perrysburg Farmer's Market

http://www.sharedlegacyfarms.com/

Friendship Farms - near Whitehouse - lovely people!

http://www.nilssonslandscape.com/FriendshipFarms.html

Rheims Farms - they have a drop off at the Downtown Farmer's Market.

http://funacres.net/

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