Welcome

CONCERNING COVID-19:

As a farm, we are able to continue working and selling product. You are welcome to come to the farm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (AS USUAL) to pick up your food. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can have it ready for you. I do accept checks or cash. We work from home and therefore our exposure to the outside world is minimal...plus we have all been fully vaccinated. At your request, I am happy to pre-pack your order and have it waiting for you in a cooler (at a distance) and ready for you to transfer to your own transport. Just ask for "curbside service".

Please stay healthy, don't panic, and use precautions when you must be in public. Correctly-worn Masks, Social Distancing and Vaccines WORK.

This virus spreads BEFORE you know you have it and is especially spread by people who are lucky enough to be unaware that they have it. Do YOU want to be the cause of someone else becoming deathly ill or dead?

If you don't get it, you can't spread it... so DON'T GET IT!

  • Wash your hands! Don't touch your face until you have disinfected/washed your hands.
  • Cover your expulsions (breathing, talking, sneezes, coughs -- even if they are only from allergies) by wearing a mask over your nose AND mouth in public spaces.
  • GET VACCINATED!

This isn't rocket science, folks; but it IS science and therefore, tested and proven to be effective.

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 sustainable farmer", which means I use practices that mimic nature as much as possible, leave the land better off than I found it, and if you need more information about it... http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/what-is-sustainable-ag/. I started the business of farming in 2012 after spending the previous 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.

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. With no degrees or other "status" in the field, I surprise people with the amount of knowledge I have in the sustainable building arena. Over the years, I have met and learned from a tremendous group of individuals.

The Artist

As the Artist; I have expanded on my chosen 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 my design 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 Merchandise/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/Building 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's Annual Newsletter and Email Crop Notifications

You will need to contact me so I can put you on the books to get the 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?)

The New Customer Packet is available in PDF here.

I do not ship food or plants. Make an appointment to come to the farm to purchase your food OR talk to me about delivering it to you at NO EXTRA CHARGE when you purchase $50.00 worth or more. I can only sell/deliver in Western Missouri, so if you live in Kansas... we’ll have to discuss finding a place in Missouri for that.

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!

Once we decided to eliminate livestock from the farm, we discovered we have more TIME to accomplish other things and more MONEY to do so as well.

2020 was horrible in many ways, but we are grateful that the hubby can work his day job from home and people are more interested in getting their food from people/farmers they know.

In 2020, our house greenovation was focused on maintenance, repairs and finishing previous projects. The best way to see the multiple things we've been able to accomplish is via the Project List page. However, I'm including direct links here as well.

The house has been fully painted, check out this page with photos and all.

Gutters (and rainbarrels) have been added.

The ceiling of the north porch is completed.

The french patio doors have been replaced and screen curtains have been added.

Sponsors

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


StatusReport

August 6, 2021

Summer is HOT and HUMID this year. We are grateful that there has been a steady amount of rainfall which means lots of mowing but very little watering.

With hot weather my thoughts turn to SHADE. We have LOTS of mature trees here and several of them shade the house in the afternoon and evening hours. Unfortunately, they happen to be Green Ash and we are starting to see lower limbs dying off...not sure if this is normal or if we have Emerald Ash Borers at work. Either way it means cutting out the dead wood and thinking about what to plant in their places and when to consider having the Ash trees cut down. I hate to have to cut down trees.

COVID UPDATE

Between the reluctance of people to get vaccinated and the delta variant spreading in our area, the number of cases is HIGH were we live. The hubby and I keep a close watch on the progression of the disease and that means even though we are both fully vaccinated, we continue to mask in public and minimize our exposure to the public.

Getting the vaccine (we ended up with Pfizer) was easy and we each had good experiences at our respective locations/appointments. I highly recommend it because while you still need to minimize your exposure and becareful to NOT spread it if you do get it, you are less likely to die or need hospitalization. And it is among the unvaccinated that the virus mutates and makes possible a variant from which the vaccination might not be protection. Please get vaccinated if you have not already.

The exchange of goods for payment at a distance has been working very well and I see no reason why we can't continue with it for as long as necessary... just ask for "curbside service" when you contact me. Stay safe, wear your mask (correctly) and have faith in science.

By the way, I am one of those people who isn't ready to be maskless inside. I know people who are okay with it and that is fine for them... it isn't fine for me, yet; and I need to do what makes me feel safe. This is about me and no one else. Outside is a different matter so long as we social distance.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions posted, but not shipped) until I find a retailer or consignment store to work with in the Kansas City Metro area. If you know of anyone looking to add Raw Honey, please let me know.

We have been truly blessed by our honeybees this year! They were ready for supers early in the Spring and filled them up SO FAST that we have TWO BATCHES to sell this year. The Spring Honey was extracted BEFORE the clover burst forth and the Summer Honey AFTER. You can choose between these batches.

I also am offering 16 and 32 ounce jars in BPA-free plastic in addition to Glass this year. Manufacturers of containers are focusing on things relating to the pandemic and so sources for honey containers is, shall we say, challenging. I was able to get Glass because I ordered early (because of the Spring Raw Honey), but when I went to order more when we discovered there would be such a bountiful Summer Raw Honey harvest... well, the glass was just not available. Therefore, I'll be splitting the glass between the batches rather than force plastic on anyone.

Because the hubby has learned some techniques to increase the spacing in the supers, we are ending up with plenty of beeswax! Also, all our wax is being melted and filtered using SOLAR ENERGY. We have found that our Honda Insight is the PERFECT solar "oven" because the inside temps on sunny days is perfect for melting the wax through the filter. Isn't that wonderful!
Cosmetic grade beeswax is available in 1-ounce ingots, 1-pound blocks or in chunks at a weight of your choosing. Contact me for more info on this.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

BERRIES, FRUIT, ETC.

We had a FABULOUS harvest of STRAWBERRIES this year! I have plenty in the freezer if you are hankering for some sweet, juicy goodness.

The Japanese Beetles (JP) arrived like clock-work the week before the Summer Solstice. They did their usual damage and ended the strawberry season BUT not the blackberry season! Strangely, our BLACKBERRIES were late to flower and therefore to berry this year. So when the JP arrived, all the berries were still red and not ripe. The hubby was diligent and picked the ripened berries every day, which kept the JP from noticing the blackberries for a LONG while. We have an abundance of blackberries in the freezer for your pleasure.

All good things do come to an end and eventually the JP did find the blackberries. Ah well, that is the way of things.

The next berries due to ripen are ELDERBERRIES. Contact me if you want to pick your own and I'll contact you when they are ripe so we can set up an appointment so you can pick without worrying about other people in the patch at the same time.

After the elderberries, the ARONIABERRIES will be ready for harvest. I remember seeing some REALLY early flowers this year and so there are a few REALLY early berries, but it will be several weeks before the bulk of the berries are ripe. Which is usually AFTER the JP have "gone to ground". Contact me if you want to pick your own aroniaberries and I'll contact you when they are ripe so we can set up an appointment so you can pick without worrying about other people in the patch at the same time.

The PawPaw trees are really happy and while I haven't specifically searched for fruit, what I've noticed leads me to believe we will have a great PAWPAW season! Contact me if you want PawPaws and I'll contact you when they are ripe so we can set up an appointment so you can retrieve the ripened fruit we collect as it falls.

PERSIMMONS may not be in abundance this year. We heard the humming of the honeybees collecting nectar and pollen from the flowers this spring, but I have not seen very many fruit on the trees. Seems like persimmons are boom or bust... but contact me if you want me to keep you informed about their availability.

SOAP BOX SERMON

I've decided to leave my "Soap Box Sermon" in place here. The more we say the words and feel the feelings, the stronger the actions of Kindness, Gratitude and Joy become.

There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2021 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.

And, in case I haven't been clear; we are liberal environmentalists. We think that EVERY THING is interconnected and what is done to ANYONE or ANYTHING ELSE affects EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. For those who believe in "God, Our Father", this should be obvious since God is IN EVERYTHING because God IS EVERYWHERE. Which is where the "what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me" comes in to play. Every religion has their version of the Golden Rule which is: treat others as you want to be treated. And that is true for non-religious people as well.

Science is Real. Water is Life. Black Lives Matter. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Love is Love is Love is Love.

"Superiority" and "Race" are constructs created to justify treating others badly. They are not real. We are all unique and still we all have SO MUCH IN COMMON. Stop, just stop, being hateful. Be Unconditional Love.

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

Gratefully, the pandemic has not stopped our ability to keep working on the house. We have several inside projects to do and will tackle the ones we can do ourselves first. Check back for updates.

The current project is the replacement of a double-paned window in our "bow window" that has condensation between the panes. A professional glazier is scheduled to do the work and also fix a couple of casement handle mechanisms. He has already told us he will be masking while he is either inside or outside our house.

Hopefully, by the time we are ready to do projects that require hired crews (multiple people inside), the pandemic will be contained and a playbook put into use for any future outbreaks of disease.

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

I have sold MOST of the cattle supplies/equipment. Details about what is still available is found HERE.

Get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else. I will be adding more hand-made items for sale now that the income from edible products has diminished. I am also setting up an Etsy account... information about that will be found on the Merchandise page with a link once I've moved the inventory .

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.

REMINDER: NO MORE BEEF

I no longer sell beef. What was left from the last steer has been sold or donated to Harvesters. I am happy to provide my meat customers with alternate sources if you contact me privately.

Have I "converted" to a non-meat livestyle? No, I haven't. Science has proven that even plants react to their environment and/or predators. Since we have to kill something in order to eat it, I simply give thanks to and for whatever provides me nourishment. I take no joy in killing anything and understand that everything has a beginning and an ending.



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