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.

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

May 20, 2021

Spring has finally arrived and as I look out the window I see trees in leaf, flowers in bloom, birds flitting from here to there and am reminded of all the beauty that is nature.

COVID UPDATE

Surprisingly, the hubby and I didn't have to wait as long as I expected to get a covid-19 vaccination. We simply did a search for our state's locations and filled out the form and scheduled our appointments. It was easy and we each had good experiences at our respective locations/appointments. I highly recommend it.

If you have not gotten your vaccine or are just not ready to be "back to normal"... not to worry, 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 the "at a distance" exchange 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 with people I don't know. 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) AND at a local boutique in Odessa Missouri: Marmee's. Prices are the same whether you go to Marmee's or get it directly from me.

I'm noticing that this most recent batch of raw honey has 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.

Since I have sold out of the 2-lb jars, I will gladly substitute two (2) of the 1-lb jars for the 2-lb price. You'll have to ask me for that (one of the benefits of reading the website update).

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, FRUIT, ETC.

The transplanted strawberries are looking FABULOUS! There are blossoms and berries in both raised beds. And with the cool temps and lovely rain, it looks like the strawberries will be plentiful and good sized. At this rate, I expect they will be ready to harvest around Memorial Day. Contact me to get notified when they are ready.

It is too soon to tell about the rest, but I'm seeing lots of flower buds out there! Unfortunately, we had freezes around the time that the fruit trees were in blossom, so it's anybody's guess about apples, pears, etc.

The rhubarb corms that arrived this spring have survived (so far) but won't be big enough to harvest this year. I also planted raspberry and blueberry starts in addition to expanding to a 2nd elderberry patch. So cross your fingers for rhubarb, raspberries, blueberries and LOTS of elderberries in 2022.

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)

I'm selling the rest of the cattle supplies/equipment. There are polybraid, reels, t-posts/insulators, and step-in posts for strip grazing. Plus a covered mineral feeder, insulated stock tank and de-icers for sale in addition to the portable cattle panel corral. Details about all the used equipment 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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