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. I will still wear mask and gloves to pack your order and have it waiting for you in a cooler and ready for you to transfer to your own cooler.

Please stay healthy, don't panic, and use precautions when you must be in public. Correctly-worn Masks, and Social Distancing WORKS. Buying out everything in sight doesn't help. Get what you need for a 2-week period (to minimize your trips to the grocery store) and leave enough for everyone else to do the same.

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.
  • Use at least 60% alcholol wipes/hand sanitizers to kill the virus on surfaces/your hands.

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 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.

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

March 4, 2021

Winter is winding down and, after a week-long burst of sub-zero temps, we are being treated to balmy days in the 50s to 70s (degrees Fahrenheit). The witchhazel began blooming in February and is still going strong... the scent of the flowers is intoxicating. We are grateful that this year the weather is cooperating to let the honeybees get out and collect both pollen and nectar from the witchhazel.

COVID UPDATE

The State of Missouri is among the worst at providing services and, no suprise, vaccination plans are sketchy at best. Since the hubby and I are near to but below retirement age and we are very isolated, we expect to be among the last folk to get a covid-19 vaccination. Not to worry though, 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. Stay safe, wear your mask (correctly) and have faith in science.

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.

WATER ONCE AGAIN TELLS US ABOUT A PROBLEM

The most recent field water hydrant made it through five (5) winters... almost. Check out the story about our NEW field water hydrant here.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions posted, but not shipped) AND at a local boutique in Odessa Missouri: Marmee's. Prices are the same whether you go to Marmee's (which is LOVELY and I have gotten several plus-size clothes there in addition to other items) or get it directly from me.

I'm noticing that this most recent batch of raw honey has already started to crystallize. We think it is due to the time of year we pulled the supers off the hives... more clover honey and less fall honey. Regardless, it is perfectly fine to use crystallized.

The few remaining jars of the 2018 Honey are being sold as "Crystallized Raw Honey" since it is FULLY crystallized. You'll probably notice there is a price difference between it and the 2020 Raw Honey... this is due to the increase price of jars for the 2020 honey. I have absorbed as much of that increase as possible.

I've sold all the beeswax from 2020. Come fall, I will have more and it will once again be available in two (2) choices for cosmetic grade beeswax: 1-ounce ingots and 1-pound blocks. 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 AND FRUIT

It is too early to say if there will or won't be specific crops in 2021. By the look of things going into winter, I would hazard a guess that all is well with the plants and am optimistic.

NEW LOGO, NEW NAVIGATION BUTTONS

You may not have noticed, but I've changed the logo image. (You'll find it at the top of the page on the right side.) I had to remove the Belted Galloway cow anyway, so I decided to give it a fresh look as well.

I've also updated the navigation buttons since I had to remove the one for beef. To simplify things, I put:

The rest of the navigation remains the same (why mess with what works, eh?).

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.

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.

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

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

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.



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