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Posted 4/21/2015 1:21pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

In the hurley burley of trying to finish the classrooms in time and get ready for spring, I am sadly behind. Our class schedule will be up soon! Caroline and I will be meeting this week to finalize the Yoga class details and chat about some really fantastic retreat type offerings she will be doing. Thanks for being patient - we're tackling one mountain at a time. Namaste.

 

Posted 4/20/2015 12:41pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Fun stuff with our fabulous friends over at Grounds For Thought - Coffee Goat's Milk Soap. Them's some clean beans!!!  Available April 25th at Art Walk!

Made from Grounds For Thought finely ground coffee and a dash of Schooner Farms Honey! 

Posted 3/23/2015 1:49pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

As many of you know, Becky loves to give presentations. The Apron program is one of her favorites and she was recently highlighted in, The Toledo Blade, enjoy!

Click on the link to take you to the article

http://www.toledoblade.com/Culture/2015/03/15/Trendy-vintage-aprons-evoke-home-comfort-family.html

Posted 2/23/2015 7:36am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Schooner Farms is one of 200 locations worldwide to have one of these hives on order with delivery expected in June 2015. The other 3000 plus locations will not have theirs delivered until this November or so! We will announce a honey harvesting party date by mid summer. Stay tuned for more info. In the mean time enjoy the video.

http://www.honeyflow.com/video

Posted 2/17/2015 8:33am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Don spoke at OEFFA this past weekend about his passion - HUGELKULTUR! The class was extremely popular and we ran out of handouts! Just click on the photo and it will take you to the handouts! Thank you to all the attendees and a HUGE thank you to the folks that make OEFFA such a great experience! 

 

Posted 2/5/2015 11:09am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Basic Beekeeping Class 

Learn about the basic equipment, tools, costs, legal issues, what to expect when harvesting your honey, resources and references.This class is the basis for our series. To become a beekeeper you need to know what you are getting into, while beekeeping is enjoyable it is also very complex and many folks jump in without regard to some of the realities involved. This class is a MUST for people considering beekeeping. Students receive a beekeeping book along with handouts. 

We offer a class session just about every month - pick one that works for you!

$45 person or $60 couple

February 28th from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

(Snowdate is March 14th 10-2 Just in case!)

Sign Up Here

Posted 12/19/2014 10:08am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

It has been a while since I have made the time to write. We have been BUSY! Once the season wrapped up, Schooner and Becky have been busy with putting up the new pole barn and doing some reconstruction on the existing building. We hope that by March or April the classrooms, farm shop and office will all be done. We will keep you posted! Check out the FB page for photos on the construction. 

This fall Becky has done a good number of workshops and presentations all over our region. Apron History, Medieval Dye Gardens, Herbs, Cooking, Fermenting are just a few of the topics she has been sharing. Plus, we sell a good number of homemade jams, soaps, herbal items and such at several holiday gift sales - we are happy to report that we sold out of just about everything! 

The Garden Staff is almost done with the serpent mound! Only 25' yet to go. Mike and the fellas have done a tremendous job and we are so proud of them! We have been very blessed with a great crew. 

We would like to thank all of you that have been involved with Schooner Farms this past year - we are incredibly grateful. Having so many wonderful people surrounding the farm and putting their energy into what we do is an amazing feeling. Thank you - we couldn't do what we do without you. 

May your Holiday Season be Merry and Bright - 

Namaste

 

 

The Staff of Schooner Farms

 

Posted 10/20/2014 8:38am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

What a wonderful day we had this past Saturday with our friends from Bowling Green Montessori School. The group had their annual Fall Harvest Party despite the gloomy weather. The students kept warm with running around the farm, playing games, hayrides and lots of yummy hot soups, cocoa and mulled cider. The grownups kept warm with the bonfire. Music from Tóraigh an Sonas and Tim Concannon graced the grounds. The weather didn't dampen spirits and we all had a lovely time. This is the second year BGMS has had their harvest party at the farm and we certainly are grateful for their support and so glad they enjoy the farm. 

 

Posted 10/13/2014 8:25am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

We have our 250 votes needed for the Chase Mission Main Street Grant. Now we are put into the vat with all the other businesses that got 250 votes. We all get vetted and will hear who won the grants in January. Keep your fingers crossed we are one of the lucky 20 to receive a $150,000 grant!! Thank you to those who voted! We appreciate it so very much!

The 2014 CSA season has come to an end and I am truly sad. This season has just been wonderful in so many ways. We had a fantastic crew, members, weather, crops, classes, volunteers and it was just a gift. We are busy making plans for the 2015 season. We had hoped to get a loan to build a new building for classrooms, new bathroom facilities and a commercial kitchen. Sadly, our appraisal came in too low - due to the fact that what we want to do is "admirable but not bankable and there is not other businesses we can compare you to - basically, you don't fit a known profile". So, we decided to get creative and not let that get us down. We will fund ourselves, yet again. This winter we will put up a small pole building for equipment and storage - just a bare bones shelter. Then, we will have a roof put up over the porch and begin making an outdoor event area. Next, the existing building will be revamped into a small store, office and large classroom. 

All in all I think this is the best way. The thought of taking out a huge loan was scary. This is far more manageable and will be paid for as we go. It will take time but everything that is worthwhile usually does. Now, if we were fortunate enough to get that grant!! WOO! We could work some magic there! The funding for a commercial kitchen, all new chairs and tables, supplies, equipment, the ability to hire more staff - it would be a major blessing. Send some love our way and stay tuned for 2015!

Posted 10/4/2014 11:46am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Hey Everyone, we are trying to get enough votes to qualify Schooner Farms to be in the running for a $150,000 grant from Chase Mission Main Street Grants. We need 250 votes by the 14th. This grant would allow us to trudge ahead much quicker than if we had to do it on our own. If we were to receive the grant our commercial kitchen, additional classroom space, ability to hire more staff and create farm sources value added product could ALL happen by next summer. Your vote would mean a lot to us and our community! Please share and keep your fingers crossed! THANKS!!! 

Vote HERE

 

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