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Posted 5/30/2013 7:03pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Spend a literary afternoon on the farm 
Sarah White, who just happens to be my favorite cousin and a professor at Purdue, will be portraying Emily Dickinson for the afternoon. Enjoy listening to Emily's haunting poetry and gain a little more insight to this fascinating woman.
June 8th at 2:00. Program is $20
Seating is limited. Please call Becky to rsvp - 419-261-0908
After spending almost 20 years being involved with teas at the museum, I want to bring some of that fun fussiness to the farm! Our teas are small, the programs - MIGHTY and the refreshments - refreshing. 
Posted 5/28/2013 10:18am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Honey Class.....are you in for a treat! Join The Summer Kitchen Girls & special guest Rebecca White-Schooner of Schooner Farms for a sweet evening! She will be discussing the benefits of raw honey and will talk about the differences in honey and she’ll have her portable observation hive with her. Learn all about the types of honey making, and how to make honey butter and herbal honey. She’ll even explain how to use honey in place of sugar while cooking up some food samples like chicken with honey rosemary marinade, roasted carrots with honey, and finishing with homemade ice cream and honey caramel!

Cost for the class is $15 and RSVPs are needed. Please call 419-638-4205 or email us at to reserve your space!


Posted 5/14/2013 12:52pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.
Roll up your sleeves and connect with your inner creativity with Shelly Sabo & Becky!


In our hands-on hypertufa class, anyone can make a beautiful container for the home or garden. Hypertufa, a mixture of peat moss, perlite and portland cement, makes for a lightweight, non-porous container - perfect for nurturing plants. During the class, you'll be able to choose molds from a variety of shapes and sizes to create your container. We'll also provide all-natural materials such as leaves and herbs that will add interest and texture to the finished product. You're encouraged to bring a leaf from your favorite tree, stones, glass beads - anything that can add meaning and beauty!

 Since hypertufa is a concrete composite, your planter should be allowed to cure so we ask that you leave it with us for one week. As your container cures it will strengthen, ensuring that it will stand the test of time in your garden. If we have some intertest we will have a hypertufa planting workshop. 


The Details  


* The class fee is $35.00 (includes all materials)
* June 1st at 1:00 pm - Class lasts about two hours 
* Things can get a little messy, so be sure to dress accordingly!


Class size is limited - please RSVP 419-261-0908

Posted 5/8/2013 9:53am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.


Tasty, juicy, deliciousness is almost here!

Our strawberries will be ready soon! U-Pick! Please call for availability. Hours vary. Sign up on our mailing list to be notified when berries are ready!

Posted 4/18/2013 9:43am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

So You Want to Be A Beekeeper?

Introduction To Beekeeping Class (2.5 hours)

Saturday, May 4th  6:00pm

Schooner Farms - 14890 Otsego Pike (Corner of US 6 & ST RT 235)

Weston, Ohio

$35.00/person or $50.00/couple



Schooner Farms is opening our doors to people considering backyard beekeeping as a hobby.  At this class you will learn about what it takes keep bees successfully in your own yard.  During this multi-media presentation you will learn about; the basic equipment you will need to get started and how to use each piece, types of hives, all the various components of the hive, types of foundation and proper hive placement.  You will also be able to view live bees in our indoor observation hive.  Participants will receive a substantial amount of informational handouts, a discount for additional advanced beekeeping classes to follow and a jar of our own raw honey from our hives.  Seating is limited so sign up soon so you do not miss out on this fascinating educational opportunity!

To register: please call 419-261-0908 or email us at

Posted 4/17/2013 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I love windy days. I do. I most certainly do. The kind of wind that blows your hair about, puts a flush to your cheeks and makes it seem that Mother Nature is blowing you a kiss. Northwest Ohio is blessed with windiness. If “windiness” is not a word it needs to added to the regional lexicon. In fact, Northwest Ohio has “windiness” in spades. 


The farm has been popping back into a familiar routine the past few weeks. I miss that over the winter - our comfortable farm routine. Every day brings something new, yet there is solace in the routine. Seems like in the winter we are on a holding pattern - planning, prepping and holding - just waiting for the farm season to unfold again. Not that we get to sit around all winter but there is a gap in our days that only the farm fills.


The trout are alive and beautiful. Schooner has been feeding them and my, they are a wonder to behold. I get goose pimples. Toss some pellets in and the water surface comes to life with tens of heads popping out of the water. It almost looks like the surface is boiling. 

Eric has been busy working in the blackberries. We are getting elderberries this year. Oh, and currents.. and rhubarb.. and more asparagus. Ooohh... gooseberries, too! What do you think? I am thrilled! I have been after Schooner to try elderberries for a while and now since it is “his” idea we are planting some. It’s ok, I have learned how men and marriage work. Back to the new plants - elderberries - yes! How exciting! Currents! Can you see the jam? I can! Now, if we could have fig trees in our region, my life would be complete. 

Posted 2/4/2013 2:42pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Schooner Farms

2013 Winter News


It’s been a busy winter so far. No frolicking around for us. I once heard that there is no rest for the wicked - must mean us. Just kidding - we're pretty boring and normal. 

 What's Shaking at The Farm

The ponds were stocked last fall with Rainbow Trout - fishing opportunities shall avail this spring! 

Schooner has been busy burning away in the BioChar Kiln.


The arbor is just about finished. A nicely stained concrete floor is in it’s future.



2000 more Strawberry Plants are ordered and will be nestled in the berry beds once Spring arrives.

CSA News

The CSA is close to full - so if you are interested PLEASE let me know asap! If you mentioned to me you were going to be part of the garden for the 2013 season and have not sent in a form please do so soon! You do not have to pay in full - you are welcome to make payments - just send me a deposit to hold your spot. Please send me your form asap - just click here for 2013 CSA Membership Form If you already sent in your form - Thanks A Bunch! Seeds are here and we are all itching to get back out in the garden! We were just at the greenhouse- oh, I love the smell of a greenhouse. 

Schooner is getting ready to speak at the Ohio Ecological Food & Farm Association Conference in a few weeks - he will be talking about BioChar.

I will be doing a few presentations at The Summer Kitchen in Helena this spring. If you have not been to the Summer Kitchen - go. now. seriously. It is a lovely little gift shop for the ladies. Karla and Karrie are just fabulous gals and their store is a delight. 

Schooner and Company have been busy working on the new porch in betwixt warm spells. We will move the CSA pick up there along with having a nice spot for workshops and classes. 

I have been busy making wood butter, experimenting with soap recipes, researching new veggies, enjoying my friends, painting, drawing, reading, drinking way too much tea and coffee, trying new recipes for the CSA newsletters, and planning, prepping and plotting workshops and such at the farm this summer. ( I know I used the word "and" a whole lot - but I do do this and that and that and .. you get the idea)

Our spring/summer workshop schedule will be on the website soon. I am having a difficult time trying to get Schooner to commit to a calendar. He seems to think I am a willy nilly planner - far from the truth. I tend to be a bit anal retentive. I have my calendar planned and will share very soon! He is planning on doing several workshops/classes. Some of his ideas are - BioChar, Composting, Beekeeping, Organic Gardening and Pond Management. I will be having several workshops on Baking Bread and Pizza in the Wood Fire Oven, Jam, Soap. Cooking with Herbs and Honey just to name a few ideas.

This summer I do have a few fun days planned. As many of you know, I am very involved at the Wood County Historical Museum and have been helping with the tea program for more years than I am willing to admit in writing. I will be hosting three teas this summer. Here’s the schedule - 


An Afternoon with Emily Dickinson

June 8th at 2:00


Victorian Manners

July 13 at 2:00


Berries and Blooms

September 21 at 2:00


I had to share - this is a photo of our new Mason Jar Chandelier that Schooner and Justin made. I approached him a few years back with the idea and this winter Schooner became pretty darn handy! It looks awesome!


If you are on Facebook - like us at Schooner Farms - Schooner is on a mission to have 500 likes. I think it is a guy thing. 

Stay Warm and Think Spring!

Your Friends at Schooner Farms

Posted 1/29/2013 10:22am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

wow! It is extremely warm for Janurary! Like, 53 degrees... Admittedly, I am thrilled to throw the window open and freshen up the house this morning. The breeze coming in is so refreshing and welcome. 


Today we finish up ordering seeds for the garden and start pinning down dates for workshops. My cuppa tea is full, the pug snoring and we are off to sit on the porch and enjoy the weather! 

Posted 1/25/2013 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

I am not complaining about the cold. No way, no how, no, no, no. My feet, however, disagree. Soon enough it will hot and we will all be grumbling about being too hot. I must admit, I am enjoying the cold. Good for the ground, less bugs and less voles. Ugh, we don't like voles. 

We have been busy this winter planning and prepping for the 2013 season. We have the new arbor up and almost completed - just need to add the concrete flooring and some lights. This summer we will be hosting several wood fired baking workshops along with some other great events and classes. 



The new CSA pick up/porch area will be complete by late spring. We will move pick up to the north end of the building. I am quite pleased about this as we finally have a large area for workshops. 

Our winter newsletter will be out soon!

Posted 11/5/2012 10:46am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.




The 2012 CSA season is over. Fall is quickly passing us by and I wanted to pause a moment, say a proper goodbye to fall. I'm in need of a little eulogy. No, better, a commemoration. Maybe both. 

We loved your warm weather, the rain showers, the leaves, the oh so autumnal scent in the air. To autumn, then. It's been swell.

The 2013 CSA Season will be one of change! Only 30 memberships. I know - Yea Gads! You read it correctly 30, no less - no more. Why only 30? Well, it is a bit complicated yet not really. While other CSA's are growing and becoming more like subscription farms. We prefer the original CSA model - it is called Community Supported Agriculture after all. Staying small means we can concentrate on the simple things that are meaningful and part of who we are and what we do. We have done 60-80 shares the past few years and this last year sat down and decided that we were losing what makes this thing we do the thing that inspires us. We want to stay small - we get such satisfaction on making a difference, no matter how small. 

We've got some excting things we are doing at the farm in 2013. Fee fishing for Rainbow Trout, Tilapia and Perch. The Brick Oven will get a workout with Pizza and Bread Workshops. More classes on Organic Gardening, Composting, Cooking with Herbs, and so on. The strawberries will be expanded on - so our members will enjoy not only red raspberries and blackberries but more strawberries. Grapes are going in next spring along with new hazelnut trees. 

If you are so inclined to be part of the 2013 CSA and we hope you are - here is a link to our 2013 CSA Contract. Please print off and send in. You are welcome to make payments - no problem, just email me and we will get you set up. 



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