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Posted 3/13/2012 3:39pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Posted 2/29/2012 3:57pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Wow, here it is the last day of February and we still haven't had much of a winter. I am waiting for the other shoe to drop and we get smacked with some insane snowstorm. Let's hope that gut wrenching feeling is folly.

Seeds are all in and many are being planted as we speak. We picked out some neat heirlooms to try. Lots of neato mosquito melons and some funky 'maters. 

We will be having some classes this spring and summer. The class schedule will be out very soon! 

Posted 1/16/2012 12:29pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Schooner Farms 2012 CSA Memberships

Every week from June to October, bring home a share of our freshly harvested naturally grown  produce – tender gourmet salad greens, exotic heirloom tomatoes, fragrant herbs, sweet peppers, carrots, beans, broccoli… all grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers in a manner that is healthy for you, your family and the land that supports us all. Only a handful of memberships still available.

What is a CSA

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is an attempt to address the many problems of modern agriculture by redefining the relationship between the farmer, consumer and the natural biological systems which comprise a farm. A CSA program is a type of “cooperative,” where a consumer financially commits to a full season of produce months in advance of the start of the growing season. Each week from June to October, members receive a variety of freshly harvested crops. Since the nutritional value of produce declines significantly while on supermarket shelves, as a member you will enjoy the freshest, most nutritious produce available – harvested daily for you and your family by the farm staff.

CSA provides the farmer with several practical advantages including the resources to buy seeds and other supplies before the first spring berries ripen in the field and allows the farmer to focus on actually growing crops during the growing season instead of fretting over sales and delivery schedules. The rewards and risks inherent in agriculture are shared by the farm community, which means that in years of environmental or weather constraints, members may receive more of one crop but less of another.

It’s more than just Vegetables!

 A CSA is a concept that offers ways to reconnect with the land in an endless variety of possibilities from helping the local economy, practicing good stewardship of the land, supporting natural farming methods, eating safe food, creating friendships and fostering community. You have the opportunity to become part of a movement that is larger than any of us.  

If you’d like more info on Schooner Farms CSA please visit our website at www.schoonerberries.com there you can see our past newsletters and more detailed info on our CSA program. If you have any questions please call us at 419-261-0908 or email us at info@schoonerberries.com Thanks for your interest in our CSA – we hope you’ll make us part of your season!

Thank You!

Don & Becky Schooner and the Garden Crew at Schooner Farms

Posted 1/2/2012 2:02pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

So You Want to Be A Beekeeper?

Introduction To Beekeeping Class (2.5 hours)

Saturday January 28th  9:00am 

(Bad Weather Date February 4th)

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 12oz 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 info@schoonerberries.com

 

Advanced Part 1 Beekeeping Class

February 4th 1:00 pm (3 hours)

(Bad Weather Date February 11th)

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

Weston, Ohio

$35.00/person or $50.00/couple

 ($5 off for returning attendees)

 

In our second class we will delve more in depth in the art of beekeeping. In this advanced class you will learn about the honey bee lifecycle , honey bees in the hive, the different types of honey bees available, how to install a package of bees, how to properly work the bees in the hive, how to handle bee stings and identifying hive problems including pests and disease. 

To register: please call 419-261-0908 or email us at info@schoonerberries.com

Posted 1/2/2012 11:41am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

The New Year is here and the seed catalogues will be arriving shortly! I love when I go out to the mailbox and find a seed catalogue just waiting for me to peruse the colorful pages within. Nothing quite like a cuppa tea and a seed catalogue to make this farm girl a happy camper! Winter hasn’t really been too wintery; yet!

If you are interested in signing up for the 2012 CSA please do so SOON! We only have a limited amount of spaces left! There is a link to the right that will take you to our form.

Schooner is putting together his Beekeeping Class – stay tuned!!

 

Posted 12/14/2011 3:08pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Today, Schooner and I met with  Lucy Long and her assistant, Melissa at the farm. Lucy and Melissa are with The Center for Food and Culture in Bowling Green. We had a delightful chat and inspired each with our plans for the future.

I have said this before - but the people we have met along the way since we began this journey never ceases to amaze me. Please, take a few minutes and visit the Center’s site - it is a superb resource for tons of foodie stuff! Consider joining their group and help cultivate an understanding of the power of food and how it has shaped our culture and truly is an integral part of the human experience.

 

Posted 12/13/2011 1:35pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

If you are interested in giving a long lasting, local and delicious gift check out our CSA options. You can feel good about giving a gift that reflects a way of farming and living that improves the community, the land and personal health. Plus, our members are just the most awesome people ever!!!

Simply click on logo to the right and it will direct you to our form. If you have any questions about our CSA program, please give us a ring at 419-261-0908

Posted 11/2/2011 12:51pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Our 2011 season has come to a close. It was a fabulous 20 weeks! We are very grateful to our members and our hard working volunteers for making the CSA such a success!

Believe it or not, our 2012 CSA membership is almost half way filled! We are only taking 80 members for our 2012 season so if you are interested.... better get to getting!

There is a link to your right that will take you to the membership form. Please read it over carefully and send in soon!

We only have a limited number of egg shares left! Please email us to be sure we have one available before you send in a check.

Posted 10/3/2011 11:21am by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

To say this season has gone quickly would be an understatement! It flew by, I had to do a second take to see that September was gone. EEK!

It has been a rough growing year but we had a fantastic group of garden helpers to make it a success! The most prolific crop was eggplant - without a doubt. The fall garden is gorgeous and with a little luck we might have an extra week of harvesting if Mother Nature cooperates.

We've been on the news, we've been here, there and just about everywhere the past month - must be why it went by so fast! Thank you to our WONDERFUL Members for recommending us to the various news outlets and telling their friends and families about our CSA. We've got quite a waiting list started for 2012! If you'd like to sign up for the 2012 season hop on board NOW! We're only taking 80 shares and our 2011 members have first dibs. I already know there are a good deal of them jumping back on the veggie wagon for next year! Just click on the link to the right and it will take you to the 2012 CSA Membership Contract and Guidelines. Read what we're about and become part of the crazy adventure at Schooner Farms!

Posted 8/11/2011 7:13pm by Don Schooner or Becky White - Schooner.

Who is NOT loving the weather the past few days? I am in heaven!!! Lots of harvesting happening at the farm! We have eggplant growing like mad along with musk melons. The summer garden has been a delight this season! Tons of tomatoes are ripening, summer squash, zucchini, herbs, onions, garlics and more and more – all wonderful, fresh and yummy! The CSA members will be certified weight lifters by the end of the garden season from carrying out their trugs each week chocked full of veg!!

We couldn’t do what we do without Amy P. and the incredible group of garden volunteers we have been so fortunate to want to be part of this crazy adventure. Our members appreciate the time, effort, sweat and tears that go into growing their veggies and tell us so every week! I enjoy my time at distribution, sharing recipes, chatting, making new friends – it is an amazing opportunity.

We are just about finished with Blackberries – there might be a few left – but call first to see. 419-261-0908 We have fresh honey available this week and we’ll also be going back to the Downtown Bowling Green Farmer’s Market soon to sell honey. Stop by and say howdy!

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