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'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 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!
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!
January 2, 2020
Happy New Decade! I like to celebrate as much as possible, so it's a no-brainer to celebrate the Calendar New Year in addition to the Lunar New Year and that means my New Year's Day is January 26th (it is also the Chinese New Year). I also celebrate many other culture's New Year's Day... but you don't really care about that, do you? LOL
There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world these days, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2020 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.
FIRST EVENT OF THE YEAR/DECADE
Winter is a great time to prune (and is actually the PREFERRED time to prune fruiting trees and bushes) and I definitely need to prune this year. I mentioned that I will be pruning Elderberry plants via the Facebook page and offered the cuttings free of charge and there has been some interest. SO, the first event is Pruning Elderberries for Propogating. Info and link to the Facebook Event is found here.
BERRIES AND FRUIT
There are still frozen berries and pawpaw pulp for sale!
I collected the pulp from the paw paws that weren't sold and have frozen pulp for sale at $0.625/ounce (by weight). I've packaged most of it in 4 oz. bags because a little goes a long way.
It was a great year for berries! There are frozen blackberries, aronia berries, and strawberries available for sale. Contact me to get some of these big, juicy berries! I freeze them the same day they are picked and then double freezer bag them for storage.
The elderberries were all picked either by humans or birds (and they were especially juicy and large this year), so no frozen elderberries.
The persimmon trees were surprisingly non-producing this year. Well, one tree had some, but not enough to even advertise and what fruits there were have gone to the wildlife.
I've started paying more attention to the orchard trees and hopefuly did a good job pruning them so they have a better start in the Spring. I'll be applying nutrient sprays (never pesticides or fungicides) later to give them an extra immune boost against invasive issues.
That reminds me, I send out an email notice for each crop to anyone who has expressed an interest in that crop. Send me an email or shoot me a text and let me know for what you want to receive notification.
2018 Honey is still available in the glass jars! We have sold out of the 12 oz BPA-free plastic squeeze bottles. All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.
We did not harvest honey in 2019... we lost all but two (2) hives over the 2018/2019 winter and the remaining hives were pretty weak, so they got to keep what they stored. Hopefully, the wet 2019 will have been a benefit and we will be able to expand to at least a few more hives next Spring. I see that the hubby has been putting out protein/nectar on the warmer days when he sees bees flying since a warm winter is actually worse for the hive than a cold winter because there is much more activity flying around without the rewards of finding food sources.
I've pulled our Raw Honey from Stormy Acres Trading Co. (formerly the Mercantile of Odessa) and am looking for a Kansas City seller. I'm still keeping a few bottles at Sargent Auto Repair at the Grain Valley exit off of I-70 and the Hometown Yoga Studio on Action Road in Odessa. And, of course, you might as well pick some up here at the farm while you are getting the rest of our good stuff.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2019
NOTICE! There IS retail beef available! Even though I'm biased, I have to tell you this beef is SO delicious! This will be the last year we offer this tasty, local, grass-fed AND finished beef and when it's gone, it's gone. It is all cryo-vac sealed and will easily be just like fresh for at least 2 years in a good freezer! I have put a list of what is available and for what price on the Grass-fed and Finished Beef For Sale page.
Please note that I have reduced the prices!
Contact me to place an order and schedule your appointment to pick it up at the farm. I DO text now, so use the phone number found on the Contact page to call or text me or send me an email at the address provided.
The 2019 Cattle page is created and available for your pleasure.
GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS : CHIMNEY CLEANING
As you may know, one of the first projects we did after we bought the farm was to have the chimney on the house repaired. See the archived pages in PDF for that story. Hard to believe that 2008 was 12 years ago! We ended up hardly using the fireplace for most of the intervening years... until the winter of 2018 when we had a fire almost daily. What a joy! With so much use last winter, it was important to have the chimney inspected and cleaned to be sure this winter's use would not bring any problems.
Thankfully, the company that came out to repair the liner in 2008 is still in business (although, they are not accepting new customers) and was available to come out to do an inspection/cleaning. They arrived promptly (even a bit early -- which was just fine on our end) and had their coverings and equipment set up lickety split! Then they pulled the woodstove insert out of the way with just a bit of chipping of the brick lip (aw shoot!) of the raised hearth. In less than 30 minutes, the chimney was cleaned and it and the area around it are once again spic and span (gratitude for that highly filtered vacuum). They put the insert back without any further issues and we are ready for a winter of lovely wood fires made from the downed limbs of the trees on the farm.
Now all that is left is to borrow, barter, or rent a log splitter for the Osage Orange wood... hmmm.
See the info just above the Status Report for links to 2017/2018 projects. There is a separate page for each of them and, as always, you can check out the Project List page for easy navigation.
SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE : REPLACING STUFF
Wouldn't you know that as soon as I decided it was time to replace the SavvyRest Mattress (not because there is anything wrong with it... I just needed a different type of mattress which will work better for me), other necessities came to the end of their life cycles. GRATEFULLY, we have not had to go into debt to replace them this year.
Here is what has been/is being replaced and what I have chosen as a replacement:
SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE : SMARTCAR FORTWO PURE
I have the GREAT pleasure to share with you the newest edition to the farm: my Smartcar Fortwo Pure. I have wanted one of these since I first learned about them back in the 1990s. You can read all about it on the Sustainable Lifestyle: Smartcar Fortwo Pure page.
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.