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!
January 13, 2019
This writing finds me overlooking an 8+ inches of heavy, wet snow (after a 12-hour bout of steady rain). Temps should hover around freezing today... so will I be able to make my evening meeting in Higginsville? I wonder.
I'm working on the Annual Newsletter and it will go out soon.
I added a few more images to the 2017 and 2018 Cattle page. Click here to go to the shared page: both 2017 and 2018.
I finally received official information from the American Royal Steak Competition so you can find the Press Release, the ranking information etc. pretty much wherever the word "cattle" or "beef" appears on this website, LOL. The most obvious location is the Beef for Sale page.
The mild weather has left more grass green in the fields than expected, so the cattle are doing just fine between the alfalfa hay and foraging. The hubby opened the last area that had been "reserved" for winter forage just before the rain/snow started on Friday (2019Jan11). They are fine with ploughing through the snow to get to the grass, but we are also giving them an extra ration of alfalfa during this snow event.
As you may remember, we ended up with three (3) heifer calves in 2018. That means no meat animals for the 2020 processing (unless I buy steers from someone else). I have been back and forth on how to proceed regarding the cattle. The problem is there is only one half-way resolution that I can think of where the hubby has time enough to devote to other things while we offer healthy beef options: someone wanting to do the day-to-day work with the cattle here on our land using our methods and equipment for a share in the profit. Otherwise, we either 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 unless the profit-sharing or some other solution arrives before they are sold... 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.
I'll keep you posted.
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. I dropped the 1/2-pound glass jars (didn't sell well at all) and added a 4-pound glass jar option to the other keepers: 12 oz. bpa-free squeeze bottle, 1-pound glass jar and 2-pound glass jar. There is also raw propolis and beeswax for sale.
I've been talking with a shop in Odessa who wants to sell our honey, so supplies may not last as long as they have in the past (if all goes well, LOL). They understand that the price from me directly will be lower than what they have to sell it at... when I have that arrangement in place, I'll pass along the information. It's a great shop and I'm sure you will want to visit it!
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2018 AND 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.
FUTURE PLANS IF THE CATTLE LEAVE
Part of making a decision regarding whether or not to continue with cattle has been what to do in the event they leave. I received a notice from the American Tree Farm System of an event in Columbia in March (you may recall that I am a REAL tree-hugger). When I researched it, I had one of those light-bulb moments because it lead me to the American Forest Foundation and their My Land Plan application (or "app" as you young whipper snappers say, LOL). For a change, other people have done the hard work and I don't have to "re-invent the wheel" when it comes to figuring out how to best be a steward of our piece of the earth.
The land to the east of ours WAS in a conservation program and NOW has hundreds of cattle on it instead. SO, it only makes sense to me that if our land doesn't have cattle on it, it should become a natural habitat oasis regardless of whether it earns any money for me as part of a conservation project. Of course, if I can come across grants, etc. to help it happen, that would be nice. SO, I am investigating what it takes to convert this for-profit (cough cough, excuse me, because profit is not a word I associate with a small farm) into a not-for-profit entity. I'm pretty sure that I would still be able to grow fruits and have an apiary to sell produce, honey products, and other non-food items as a revenue source in addition to donations etc.
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.