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. :)
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 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. 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. So if you have questions about Sustainable Building that I haven't covered here or that I can't answer, once again I know who to contact that CAN answer them!
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 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 two (2) projects in 2018! Join me in believing 2019 will provide abundant money and time to do more on the Greenovation, won't you?
The north porch was finally replaced and you can see images and read all about it here.
The house has new siding and has been painted, check out this page with photos and all.
The garage has french drains on the east and west sides that drain to daylight (near the closest stock pond). Photos and descriptions available here.
Check back on the Project List page for the other projects (coming soon, I hope).
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!
March 14, 2019
Happy Pi Day! It's been a LONG winter and we have been blessed with abundant moisture (luckily we didn't have any 15 inch snow falls) that should get this year's grass and other plant growth back to normal. The pastures are still looking pretty beige/brown but we can see little shoots of green finding their way out of the ground.
The cattle are doing just fine between the alfalfa hay/foraging and the few big round bales we were able to get in February. I had anticipated having to create hay "bunkers" for feeding the alfalfa but the cattle did not spoil any of it and were find eating it off the ground/snow. The hubby did a fantastic job doling it out so that everyone got their share and even got into the habit of giving it to the cattle first to distract them before heading over to the two (2) big round bales to shift that hay as the bales became sculpted.
As you may remember, we ended up with three (3) heifer calves in 2018. That means no meat animals after this 2019 processing. I have been back and forth on how to proceed regarding the cattle...get out of cattle entirely or continue on the way we have been. I know I've said this before and gone so far as to advertise the cattle, but this time it is certain: I'm selling out. The Cowpooling steers are, of course, already sold via shares (and there are a few shares still available) so the 2019 processing will take place as planned. As usual, if there are any unsold shares, I will have them USDA processed and sell that beef retail.
Here is the page with all the information about the sale of the cattle herd.
2018 Honey is still available! All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.
You can now also purchase our Raw Honey at the Mercantile of Odessa.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2019
NOTICE! There IS retail beef available from the 2018 processing! This is the same beef that took a 5th place in the American Royal Steak Competition! 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.
I am accepting deposits for the 2019 Cowpool Shares - one (1) steer is completely sold, but there are shares available in the other two (2) steers for 2019. Contact me to reserve your cowpooling share.
Everything you ever wanted to know about getting a share is found here.
PAW PAW SEEDS
I saved the seeds from all the paw paw fruit that wasn't sold last fall and they are ready to be germinated!
I've looked at prices on-line and they are ALL OVER THE PLACE... as low as $0.35/each when sold in large lots to $5.00/each. The problem with buying them on-line is you don't know if the seeds ever dried out and if they did, they won't germinate.
My seeds spent the winter in the refrigerator in a bpa-free plastic zip bag with perlite and moist paper towels. You can purchase seeds right now at 4 for $1.00.
I am getting ready to plant some so I'll have seedlings to plant once the weather turns warm. I don't know if I'll have extra seedlings since I'm expanding my paw paw orchards. Contact me if you are interested in purchasing seedlings... make me an offer.
GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS
See the info just above the Status Report for links to the most recent project. There is a separate page for each of them and, as always, you can check out the Project List page for easy navigation.
I am working on another commissioned artwork. Yes, I know it said that the last time you checked the website... but it's true AGAIN because I'm on to a different piece. 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.