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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

                                          Solstice Event
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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 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

Friendship Farms - near Whitehouse - lovely people!

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

Posted 1/5/2017 9:35am by Don Schooner.

Looks like winter is upon us BUT that doesn't mean you can't still visit the farm! Amanda will be having a Winter Series for Yoga and Mike will be offering his beekeeping classes soon too! Schooner and I are plotting out a plan for 2017 - stay tuned! 


Winter 2017 Beekeeping Classes

all classes begin at 9 and end around 1

$25/person each class

Feb. 11th - Beginners Beekeeping 

March 11th - Beginners Beekeeping 

March 18th - Advanced Beekeeping 1 

April 15th - Advanced Beekeeping 2 



Winter Saturday Series Yoga

all classes begin at 9 am


January 21st 

February 18th

March 25th

April 22nd 


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                                                              Winter Yoga
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Posted 12/16/2016 9:12am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

The weather looks to be nasty tomorrow. Amanda has rescheduled the class to Dec. 31st at 9 am. This is for registered participants only as the class is sold out.


Posted 9/27/2016 10:12am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I always get a little sad when our final week arrives. We enjoy seeing you on a weekly basis and will miss our conversations. When we started the CSA years ago, we had no idea where this journey would take us. Every year is unique in it’s own way but similar in others. 2016 was a hot dry year but we had a wonderful harvest through the summer. 


Our garden staff and volunteers were amazing! Schooner and I cannot thank our crew enough for all their hard work and determination. 90 degree plus days out in the gardens were tough. The farm always attracts amazing people and this season was no different, whether it is staff, volunteers, members, visitors or just someone stopping by to see what we do. Schooner and I are very grateful for these interactions, these crossing of paths - you just never know where these connections may lead. 


On behalf of everyone at Schooner Farms I wish to say THANK YOU for being a member of the 2016 CSA. We appreciate your support and could not do what we do without you. Thanks you! 



Here’s the thing…


Here at the farm we love experimenting, learning, failing, succeeding, discovering and enjoying every day as it comes. We firmly believe there is something to learn everyday. Schooner and I both say we have not “worked” for many years. I think this is why the farm has a positive vibration and we experience all sorts of weird, wild and fabulous stuff. Truly. We do. 


Our goal is to leave the farm better than we found it. We want to make a difference on our little 20 acres of sunshine. Our goal is to create a place where people can come to learn about and be in awe of what the land has to offer. The simple act of picking an apple, or pulling a carrot out of the ground is something everyone should have the opportunity to experience. Our goal and legacy is to create a permaculture “Food Forest” where a wide variety of food can be grown abundantly. Food growing in harmony with nature - imagine that! Our food forest will have dozens of different apple trees, pear, plum, peach, nuts, grapes,  berries, herbs, perennial vegetables and many other plants. Obviously, this is a HUGE undertaking and will take several years to come to fruition. Once it is established, you will be able to ride through the forest and harvest a wide variety of produce. We also plan to expand on the berries. We added 300 blueberry plants this year and will add another 300 next. Red Raspberries will return to the farm along with a few other types of berries. 2017 will see us trying out about 10 types garlic for wholesale and retail clients. 


As you can see - we have pretty lofty plans. We love being diverse and having the ability to try new things. We have had to make a difficult decision in order to facilitate our goals. We are going to take a break from the CSA for a few years. We don’t have enough time or staff to do all the things we want and need to do. Schooner and I are both 47 and want to be able to see the food forest become a reality and see people enjoy it.  Despite Schooner’s boyish looks, we ain’t getting any younger. In a few years, once the food forest is producing we will revamp the CSA idea and create a new program designed around the berries and food forest. Granted, this is 4 or 5 years down the road but in the grand scheme of things 4 or 5 years is nothing compared to leaving our farm with a strong land ethic and a gateway for people to discover how amazing nature is. Not to mention, where their food comes from and how it can be grown without synthetics.  Our farm is not the norm and we like it that way.  Long after we are gone, we hope the farm continues to make people shake their heads and say, “what do they do there?” 


Thank you for being part of the journey. Many of you have been with us since the beginning. The CSA has been such a blessing to our lives. We have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and make new friends. We will miss our weekly interactions but hope you will still come out to the farm for berries, classes, events or just to visit and see what is happening. We have always told our CSA members - you are part of this farm and we mean that. 


The Staff at Schooner Farms



Posted 8/24/2016 7:32am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Sadly, we have had to cancel our Honey Harvest Class due to lack of participants. 



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