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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

 

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!

 

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