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
are so graciously working with us; and to learn how to become a part
of the project. Monetary Donations are 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. :)
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!
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!
The farm took all our money and energy in 2016. Join me in believing 2017 will provide abundant money and time to do more on the renovation, won't you?
Please check them out and consider
them for your next project! Also, if you want to help out, your Monetary Donation is much appreciated!
February 20, 2017
Happy President's Day. It has been five (5) months since my last Status Report and normally I would apologize for the lengthy time away, but not this time. I have been busy with many things these last several months and mostly they have been non-farm related. (Rant Alert!) I have added "Activist" to my chores list because the U.S.A. is under attack from within to un-do 70 years of progress to care for its citizens at the Federal level. Money is now the only consitutent of the majority party and everyone else is a casualty. Gone are the days when citizens could not vote as a form of protest... all that got us was an extreme minority in power. We have to vote, we have to be loud and obnoxious to get attention, we have to force the representatives who are not paying attention to anything other than money to pay attention to how the things they are UNdoing is affecting each and every one of us... and will eventually affect them as well. (End of Rant.)
I also have aging parents that are requiring more of my time and energy. The stress level in my house has been pretty high for the last several months.
Thankfully, I also received an Art Commission over the Holidays and working on it is like meditation for me.
WINTER ON THE FARM
Farm activities are pretty boring during the winter. Mainly the hubby and I are engaged in keeping the cattle watered and fed, keeping the cats watered, fed, and litterbox cleaned, checking on the honeybees and making sure they have food, and doing whatever maintenance is required in preparation for Spring.
PAW PAW UPDATE
Do you remember how excited I was to see a paw paw fruit on the tree? Well, I missed my opportunity to eat it. One day it was still unripe... the next it was ripe and on the ground and half eaten by some critter. Consarnit all. (LOL a little old timee cursing.) At least I've learned from this and I'll know what to look for next fall.
I certainly don't want to jinx anything, so I'll just say that we've had several days of abnormally high temperatures which have lead to the honey bees coming out to do cleaning flights AND search for food. It's really TOO early for them to be this active which means they are eating even more. So the hubby made patties for the hives and the bees went through them in a week. Since it looks like we will have warm temps for a while, he also made nectar and is back to feeding the bees through this odd season.
All three hives have survived to this date and we are crossing our fingers that they remain alive and well.
We did see some of the bees on the witchhazel bushes (Hamamelis vernalis)! Witchhazel blooms in February around here, which usually means something other than the honeybees do the pollinating; but this year the honeybees were able to partake of the wonderful nectar and pollen! Photos on the honeybee page.
I will be at the Kansas City Food Circle's "Eat Local and Organic Expo" with non-food items for sale. Stop by and say HI. They have combined the Kansas and Missouri events to a SINGLE EXPO... info on the Events page.
STRAW-BALE RAISED BEDS
I am using straw-bales to make the raised beds among which will be the new strawberry beds, and my personal straw-bale garden. See how it is going on the 2017 Crops page.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2016 AND 2017
Well, Retail Beef is a hit! It's been great meeting new people as they come to the farm to buy some beef!
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.
Don't miss out on Cowpooling shares for 2017! The information about getting a share is found here.
STILL LOOKING FOR A POULTRY PARTNER
I put this out there last update and I am putting it out there again! I had a nibble on this topic, but there appeared to be some confusion, so let me clarify: I'm looking for someone to move the equipment to their own land and use it in their own chicken operation. I am not looking for someone to finance me getting back into chickens. The egg production and meat birds pay for themselves just fine. If you want to do the work, I am happy to do a reduce sale price, barter for eggs/meat, etc. so that you don't have to pay retail for the equipment and I (and my former customers) will have a resource for healthy eggs/meat that are pastured and not fed corn, soy or wheat.
Contact me to discuss creating a partnership wherein I supply mentoring and the equipment for compensation (be that cash, product or a combination of both).
FYI, I have sold some of the used poultry equipment. Check the page to see what is still available.