Welcome

If you are interested in Sustainable Farming and/or Sustainable Building, you have found a terrific resource! Even if I do say it myself, you will find lots and LOTS of great information here about both topics ... and more!

For those of you visiting for the first time, some basic information that you may find helpful or just ignore it and start poking around... It should be very easy to navigate the website. The text links at the top of the page are quick links to primary pages:

  • "Status Report : Month&Date" is where you find out if anything has been added since your last visit -- the Month and Date will change to reflect the most current updates. It has links to the pages that have been updated so you don't have go searching to find them.
  • "Project List" is the listing with links to where you find the details and photos of each project, whether they be part of the Farm, the Green Building Project, or Living a Sustainable Lifestyle.
  • Please visit the "Sponsors" page to connect with the businesses who so graciously work with us; and to learn how to become a part of the project. Monetary Donations are also accepted here.
  • "Resources / Contact Us" is another list with links to outside resources you may find helpful; plus it is the page with the contact information for the Farm and Green Building Project.
  • "Events" is a calender of what's happening at the Farm and Green Building Project.
  • And lastly, "Bobbi's Blog". Here you'll find entries that don't quite fit or don't deserve their own page on the website.

The photos at the top of the page are links to what they present:

You can always click on the PlayHaven Farm LLC & Green Building Project (and Logo) image to get back to the Home page.

For those of you who do better with a text links rather than images, you can always scroll to the bottom of any page to find the text links to the pages listed above. By the by, I've also made the list of what the photos represent into links just for you! No thanks needed, I'm happy to do it. :)

Introductions, Please

Let me introduce myself... I am Bobbi Walker. I believe that each of us should find a way to do what we love in this life and if we can't do what we love, we can (at least) find a way to have fun doing what we do. Thus the name of the business: PlayHaven. I am the author of everything you'll find on this website (unless I tell you differently). I tend to write the way I talk and I enjoy incorporating humor (one of those playful aspects of me) into my writing. If you don't get some of my little jokes, not to worry, you are in good company.

The Sustainable Farmer

As the Owner of PlayHaven Farm LLC; I am what they call "a beginning farmer", which means I just started the business of farming in 2012 even though I've spent the last 20 years getting ready to do so by attending various Workshops and Classes offered in the Kansas City MO area by a variety of organizations among which being Extension and the Growing Growers Program. So if you have questions about Sustainable Farming that I can't answer, I know who to contact that CAN answer them!

The Sustainable Building Advocate

As the Project Manager of the PlayHaven Green Building Project AND the co-author of a green building tool: DYO® Kits: Green Building Decision Kit (offered by Hathmore Technologies, LLC); I have spent the last 30+ years dreaming of the day when I would be able to build an earth-friendly home. Since 30+ years ago, the very idea was pretty radical, I had to teach myself how to go about building that home. Over the years, I have met and learned from a tremendous group of individuals. So if you have questions about Sustainable Building that I can't answer, once again I know who to contact that CAN answer them!

The Artist

As the Artist; I have entered a new career. It took me a long time to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up (have I grown up yet??), so I didn't go to college right out of high school. It was 15 years later that I decided I needed to be artistically creative and went to college to get a degree in Commercial Art. I worked as an in-house Graphic Designer for a business before I started up my own business (Intuitive Design). Unfortunately, I decided to close the business the end of 2012 due to economic issues. -- BUT! I knew I still needed that creative outlet and started taking classes in Fine Art. (I am ever the student!) Come to find out, I have a talent for portraiture in addition to other photo-realistic subjects and I work in graphite! I have quality prints of my better pieces available for purchase in limited editions (from the General Store). I am also available for commissioned projects.

Now that you know about me, I would love to get to know you! Whether you are interested in learning hands-on about Sustainable Farming or just want to spend a few hours communing with nature, visitors are welcome (by appointment only, please). Contact information is located here.


Get On the List for the Farm Products Order Form and Annual Newsletter

You will need to contact me so I can put you on the books to get the Order Form and Newsletter, etc. Do this by emailing me and include your name, phone number, and city in the email. Use this address: bobbi (put the "at" sign here) playhavengreen (and then the "dot" sign) com. (Don't you just hate that spammers have made providing an easy link for email nie unto impossible without one of those robotic, fill-in forms?)

Deposits are required with your Cowpooling order/share. I accept cash or checks (sorry, no credit cards this year). I know it can be intimidating to have to pay for a years worth of meat in two (2) payments (the deposit and the balance when your meat is picked up). Check out my idea for a "Meat Account".

The New Customer Packet is available in PDF here.

I am happy to be YOUR farmer so long as you are willing to come out to the farm to pick up your food (and to the processor's location for beef). I do not ship/deliver food or live animals.

Remember, farming is primarily SEASONAL. Everything has to "grow up", so while you are reading about or putting in an order now, you will have to wait until everything is ready to be harvested to actually take it home.


House Renovation, the Green Way = Greenovation!

We were able to do a project in 2017 and are scheduled to do (at least) two (2) projects in 2018! Join me in believing 2018 will provide abundant money and time to do more on the renovation, won't you?

In 2017, the north porch was finally replaced and you can see images and read all about it here.

Sponsors

Details about becoming a Sponsor are found here. If you find value in the website and just want to help out, your Monetary Donation is much appreciated!


StatusReport

March 27, 2018

Half a year has gone by... it was just after the beginning of Fall when last I was able to update the website and here it a week after first day of Spring. It seems like the time just flew by now... but it sure moved at a crawl for me while it was happening. I've been working on a new Blog post about Aging and Death. I had no idea it would be so long and have broken it up into several posts. I hope you find it enlightening and helpful.

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS IN 2017 AND 2018

We were finally able to scrounge up enough money to get a few necessary projects going! There is a separate page for each of them as they are finished. Check out the Project List page for easy navigation.

As of this date, the north porch has been replaced, WOO HOO! That page is ready for viewing and is found here.

Also as of this date, the fiber cement siding has been installed on the remaining three (3) sides of the house and it has all been painted, WOO HOO! Details will be provided as soon as I can get to it.

And, last but not least, a recommendation from my Yoga instructor has landed us an excavator who is going to fix the drainage around the garage in the next few weeks. YIPPEE! Details for that will also be provided as soon as I can get to it once it is finished.

SPRING ON THE FARM

The cattle are getting frisky and it is so much fun to watch them frolick and then get down to the business of finding the new grass among the stockpiled, cured grasses. Right now they are where I can see them from my office window.

We had an unpleasant experience with our neighbor to the east regarding the fenceline and our lovely trees. Click here to read all about it.

The Annual Newsletter has gone out via email. If you are already a customer and did not receive it, please contact me.

The New Customer Packet has been updated as is available on this page, scroll up before the Status Update.

I'm working on getting the raised beds ready to receive plants and seeds. If you don't have a spot to garden at your place and want to use a corner of my place, contact me about doing that!

CROPS

As always, harvests will depend on rainfall, sunshine, etc. I don't see any reason for this year to be any different from last year. I have not added any new types of fruits, although I am looking for some other native species to add for future harvests.

HONEY

As of today, I still have a few jars of honey for sale. All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

I also have raw propolis for sale! I had no idea how expensive it is. I've priced mine below the market pricing I found on the internet and you know where it comes from.

GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2018 AND 2019

NOTICE! There IS retail beef available! Whether you just want to buy some tasty, local, grass-fed AND finished beef or you want to see what it tastes like before you commit to a Cowpooling Share, I have cryo-vac sealed beef for sale! I have put a list of what is available and for what price on the Grass-fed and Finished Beef For Sale page. Contact me to place an order and schedule your appointment to pick it up at the farm.

You should also be aware that there is one (1) steer to Cowpool for the 2018 processing and he (Prime Rib) will be taken for processing at Paradise Meats in Trimble MO the first of June (which means the meat will be ready before the 4th of July). Seems that birth rates of girl (heifer) calves in 2016 was high and I was not able to trade out my heifer calves for bull calves... which leaves me with only the one steer in 2018. That means there will be more competition for those shares. {SHARES ARE COMPLETELY SOLD OUT FOR 2018} Contact me to reserve your cowpooling share. The information about getting a share is found here.

I am accepting deposits for the 2019 Cowpool Shares - we had two (2) bull calves and I am able to do a swap for the heifer calf so all in all there will be three (3) steers for 2019.

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

I am working on another commissioned artwork. You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission or get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else.



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