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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

 

Posted 9/1/2014 3:44pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Have you ever wanted to try working with clay? Well here is your opportunity!!!

Local potter, Mary Dennis, is offering a clay hand building class at the farm this

month!! You can learn basic clay and hand building techniques while creating a

beautiful vase suitable for display in your home or as a gift. The classes will be

held on three consecutive Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30 PM here at Schooner

Farm. In the first class you will create and decorate the vase using clay, stamps, mini

extruders, and other decorative techniques. The second class you will glaze the vase

and add additional decoration. The last class you may add gold luster decoration

(for a small additional fee), if you wish or just come to pick up and admire your

creations and socialize with the other participants.

Class size will be limited to 10 participants so please RSVP early!!! All materials, clay

and supplies will be provided.

Please RSVP to: Mary Dennis, mjdennis1@gmail.com, or 419-378-1653

Dates:

September 16th 6:00-8:30 PM

September 23rd 6:00-8:30 PM

September 30th 6:00-8:30 PM

Fee: $50.00 + $5.00 for optional gold luster

(Please pay by PayPal if possible to mjdennis1@gmail.com)

 

Posted 8/18/2014 1:48pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Mike Soboleski of SoBee Honey had a grand time sharing his passion for bees at a recent "Honey Harvest Class". 

 

We will have a Basic Beekeeping Class in October - click here for more info

Posted 7/28/2014 7:33am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

 

 

TIME: TUESDAYS 9:00-10:15am

DATES: AUGUST 5, 12, 19, 26 (weather permitting continuation throughout September)

FACILITATOR: Caroline Anne Dawson ERYT 200 (18 years of experience trained in India, Nepal, Spain, The Netherlands, USA, & UK)

Place: Schooners Farm 14890 Otsego Pike, Weston, OH 43569 

(on the corner of rt.6 and 235)

Price: $7 per class

Confirm your place: 419-261-0908, info@ibnature.com

 

This Yoga class is a gentle Yoga that everyone can do to greet the new day in a gesture of gratitude. We’ll start the class with breathe-work and warming up postures in the chair transitioning into standing strength and balancing postures and then retreating to the floor to stretch and tone. Finishing the asana part of the class with a body scan relaxation. 

We will then mindfully walk the labyrinth (barefoot or shoed) bringing ourselves with every step deeper into our natural essence. 

What to bring? A blanket/beach towel/mat, open heart and a smile ;-)

 

Benefits of Yoga

 

Improves strength & flexibility improving posture & spinal issues

Hormonal balance working the endocrine system

Stimulates & soothes organs replenishing them with oxygenated blood

Improves joint motion by replenishing cartilage nourishing fluid preventing degenerative arthritis

Strengthens bones by weight bearing postures reducing risks of osteoporosis 

Stretching the body & organs stimulates the lymphatic system improving the immune system

Reduces cortisol levels (stress hormone) & blood pressure

Yoga lowers blood sugar & LDL (bad cholesterol) lowering the risk of diabetes & diabetic complications

Improves digestion assisting in weight loss

Increases concentration

Balances mood promoting a state of well being

 

INTRODUCING CAROLINE ANNE DAWSON

 

 

 

Introduced to Yoga by her mother as a child, Caroline has been practicing a multitude of Yoga & meditation for the past 18 years. Obtaining her 200hr certification in Hatha Yoga in 2006 & completing her Advanced Teacher Training in 2008 in India’s oldest Yoga Institute Kaivalydhama. Her yearly visits to India & Nepal enriched her studies with Buddhist & Yogic meditation, Yoga philosophy, Pranayama, Ayurveda & Yoga therapy. For the past six years Caroline ran her Yoga Center in Spain offering different types of Yoga & meditation, from prenatal, family, child, therapy & corporate Yoga. She has also co-organized International Yoga retreats in Europe & Asia & contributed as a speaker at the Madrid Mental Health & Art Conference in 2011, elaborating on the topic of Yoga & the effects on the mind.

In recent years Caroline has been working with Cancer survivors and is presently facilitating Yoga & Mindfulness at the Cancer Victory Center in Toledo.  Teaching from the heart, Caroline offers a global integration, where classical meets the creative.

Caroline has over 10 years experience teaching & coaching in higher education & she is also a certified Mindfulness Meditation Instructor & a Reiki Master. She is currently finishing her Health & Wellness Coach Certification.

 

Posted 7/21/2014 1:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
August 16th, 2014 9:00am - 1:00pm

Like honey? We do too! Come be part of the Honey Harvest! Mike will walk you through the extraction process and you will get some hands on experience! There is nothing quite like honey fresh out of the hive!!

RSVP IS REQUIRED! Please call Mike at 419-494-2226

 

 

Posted 7/2/2014 4:17pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

Hello CSA Members!
 
I hope all is swell in your neck of the woods! I am so excited that the CSA season is almost here!
 
Just a quick note to let you know the CSA will start soon. Our first pick up for TUESDAY Members will be Tuesday, July 8th from 3-6 and for our SATURDAY Members, Saturday, July 12th 9am till noon. It was fantastic to see so many of you out to pick berries. Our first wave of strawberries are just about done but our second wave will start around late July. The gardens are looking wonderful, the crew has been hard at work getting the gardens prepped for all the fall plants to go in. This week we will be getting some much needed rain. The huglekultur beds are proving to be amazing! Schooner is hoping to get the Serpent Mound garden started soon. We harvested our first lavender of the season and will be distilling lavender essential oil soon along with lavender hydrosol - which I know many of you LOVE! As always, we are researching, discovering, sharing and loving life - so glad you are part of the experience! 
 
Eggs will be available for sale at pick up - $4.50 for members. We have baby turkeys and a bunch of new laying hens to visit when you come. No, I have NOT gotten over my chicken phobia but I still enjoy admiring them from afar and I am forever grateful for their delicious eggs! 
 
CSA 2014 Handbook is under the CSA tab.
 
If you have any questions give me a ring - 419-261-0908 and you are always welcome to pop in at the farm! Look for our first weekly newsletter of the season in your inbox Monday, July 7th. If you forgot which pick up day you signed up for just email me and I will let you know. 
 
 
Thanks and we will see you soon! Can't wait to see you! 
 
Namaste,
Becky
Posted 6/18/2014 1:54pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our first flush of berries has just about some to an end. However, we will have more in late July or early August. Blackberries too a hit this past winter but we hope to have some. Check back in July for a berry update!

 

Posted 6/2/2014 2:13pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

 

We do not use any synthetic sprays on our fields. Only sunshine and mother nature! 

Little red gems of summer sunshine are ripening as we speak. Due to the harsh winter we lost a portion of our field but still have a nice amount for u-pick. This spring we added 2000 more plants to our berry field. Please call us to determine if the field is picked out or if we have any berries available that day. Hours vary depending on availability. General Farm Hours - Mon-Fri 9-3, Sat. 9-12 Closed on Sunday

419-261-0908

Posted 5/13/2014 12:46pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
 

Happy Spring!

Hope this little note finds you all well. I have to be honest, this winter, like many folks, we were basically snowbound more often than not and jeez, I think I know what Jack Nicholson felt like in "The Shining".  I scared Schooner a few times by putting on a crazed face and saying, "Heeeeeeere's Becky!" He does not appreciate my brand of humor, little does he know I may not have been joking. 

What's happening at the farm? Better question is - what is not happening? Happy, crazy, busy people are we, so grateful for the sunshine and being able to get our hands dirty again. The Garden Staff has been cleaning the farm of blown in trash, prepping the fields, building more hugelkultur, accessing plant damage and planting away. We have a several new volunteers that are just awesome. The WSOS program will be sending us some new garden volunteers too. 

Our spring has been on the cool side, so we aren't too anxious to get a ton of plants in the ground till Mother Nature says she is ready. On a very sad note - we have lost all but one bee hive. This winter our region has seen the loss of over 85% of honeybees due to the extreme cold and the collapse issues we are seeing in honeybees. I think in our next newsletter I will share with you how we care for our bees and the issues we are seeing. It is a labor of love - we need bees for our food system and their numbers are dwindling rapidly. New bees were ordered last fall but with the polar vortex winter we had bees are in very short supply. We may have to shrink the apiary from 2o hives down to 10 this season. Mike, our beekeeper has been out cleaning the hives and getting them ready for new occupants. 
 
 

Our blackberries didn't fair well this winter. There is new growth but we don't think we will have the abundance we had last year. Strawberries have some damage but have been perking right back along. We will be adding 2000 more strawberry plants to the patch. Raspberries are being fickle. Not sure yet what to expect from them but we will be grateful for whatever we may have. 

Several of the perennial herbs were lost to the severe cold BUT believe it or not - 23 of our 100 five year old rosemary plants made it. Now, rosemary is a tender perennial and we never expect it to make it year to year but 23 strappy little shrubs soldiered on! The lavender labyrinth is doing pretty well  - we will need to replace about 1/3 of the plants but are thrilled we didn't lose more. The perennial herbs that have survived are strong and healthy and we look forward to enjoying their benefits later in the season. 



Mike working on lavender labyrinth 

Enough about the polar vortex and dead plants - here is some new fun news! Schooner has gone stark raving mad with making more hugelkultur mounds. The mounds were incredibly successful last fall and they have been a blessing this spring when the ground has been too wet to till - we could still plant on the mounds. Check out our Facebook page to follow along on the hugelkultur adventure. Schooner is very geeked up about this so he posts lots of photos. I marvel at how stinkin' smart he is. I told him he was a keeper

Several BGSU Students Helping with Hugelkultur

We are moving more and more into permaculture and biodynamics. Here is a link to a wonderful and very insightful video that describes exactly what a large part of the farm will become. I encourage you to take a few minutes to watch it, it really is fantastic! 

CSA member and good friend, Mary Dennis and I have been planning a Dye Garden. Mary is a spinner and all around talented lady so this is an honor to work with her. We are working on an example garden to share what plants make dyes and then we will do a lot of wildcrafting.  The dye garden will be a work in process. I am dreaming of having a Woad Workshop next summer - blue sheets flowing in the wind - happy faces flush with creative inspiration. This summer Mary and I will experiment and develop some workshops for next season. 



Speaking of classes - yes, we will have some. This brings me to my next piece of news-i-ness, we are in the stages of getting financing for a new building that will have classrooms, a commercial kitchen, a cooking classroom and sundry. That said, it will be next spring that we can have classes in the new building (hopefully) but I will still have some fun classes/workshops out of our house and at the farm this year. Bread making, cheese making, soap making and fermented food are all on tap. I have been all over the area giving presentations on medicinal herbs, history, cooking and more the past several weeks. I am a little "classed" out - but never fear, I will post the 2014 class schedule soon - so check out the website or wait for newsletters to arrive in your inbox. In addition to having classes at the farm, Becky is out and about doing workshops & presentations for a variety of organizations and private groups.
 

Becky giving a presentation on "The History of Aprons"at First Step in Fostoria. We are honored to be part of the Women's Enrichment Series.


Here are a few of the specifics on upcoming events at other places,most require reservations and there is a charge for most of the programs - 
 

Strawberry Summer Picnic 
June 19th at 7pm  
Spend the evening sampling some wonderful dishes made with STRAWBERRIES. 
The Summer Kitchen - Helena, Ohio
Call the ladies over at The Summer Kitchen to reserve your spot.
419-638-4205

Berry Jam Making Demo
 June 30th at 6 pm 
Learn the basics on making jam from our fresh berries. Take home a jar of fresh jam and recipes! This is my third class in the Women's Enrichment program. What a delight & what a wonderful cause to support. 
First Step - Fostoria, Ohio 
Call First Step at 419-435-7300 for reservations


 Civil War Battlefield Medicinal Herbs 
July 10th at 7pm 
Learn how everyday "weeds" helped save the lives of many on the battlefield and on the home front. This is one of my newest presentations and I LOVE IT! 
The Summer Kitchen - Helena, Ohio 
Call 419-638-4205 for reservations

  

Canning Demo 
 August 4th at 2pm
Way Public Library in Perrysburg, Ohio
Learn the basics on canning.
Call Way Library for reservation  419-874-3135

 

 

Jammin' with The Girls 
August 14th at 7pm
Fun filled jam packed demo with the Karla and Kari. It will be a blast! We will be using honey and a low sugar pectin to create jars of fresh berry love. Schooner Farms Jams will be for sale.
The Summer Kitchen - Helena, Ohio call 419-638-4205 to reserve your spot.

 

Cooking with Herbs
September 8th at 6pm
Wonder what to do with those green things? We can help! Learn how to incorporate herbs into your everyday cooking. 

First Step - Fostoria, Ohio 
Call First Step at 419-435-7300 for reservations



We plan to have some Teas with members and guests. I love teas and I love my friends enjoying an afternoon of fussy goodies and a neat presentation. I have had several requests to do my Apron Program so I think we will tackle that along with a Jane Austen Tea. Who doesn't love Jane? We had a small tea last year and the ladies loved it - so let me iron a few ruffles out and I will set some dates. 

 

 

As of this writing, our new strawberry plants arrived via UPS and we have a crew planting away. There are oodles of flowers on last year's crop - so let's keep our fingers crossed for lots of juicy berries! Berries won't be ready till mid to late June. The be on our "Berry Availability" list - go here 


Namaste,

Becky and the crew at Schooner Farms
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