Welcome

CONCERNING COVID:

We are fully vaccinated AND continue to wear our masks in public, social distance, hand sanitize, etc. so we do not spread it (in case we get it and do not know that we have it). Please think of others and take precautions so you, too, do not spread it. This isn't rocket science; but it IS science and therefore, tested and proven to be effective.

Make an appointment (as always). When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can be ready for you. I continue to offer curbside service for anyone that requests it.

I reserve the right to limit quantities per order.

If you, like us, are still encountering people who are not vaccinated, try telling them this: It is among the unvaccinated that the virus mutates and makes possible new and deadly variants which prompts additional mandates and closings. Please get vaccinated! We are all tired of worrying about the next mutation and all the problems that come with it.

Communing with Nature...

I am continuing to offer the opportunity to spend time on my property with your “bubble”. It’s a nice drive from Kansas City and there is plenty of space to play, walk (or run) around, investigate the plants, watch the birds, check out the critters at the ponds, bring yourself a nice picnic, or just relax in a lawn chair with your beverage and all without having to worry about other “bubbles” close by. Contact me to schedule your visit and I’ll reserve the time for you... no charge. Be sure to come prepared for a day in nature (ask if you are unsure what that means). All we require is that if you need to enter our home for any reason (bathroom, for example), you wear a correctly fitted mask until you are back outside.

The hubby and I will stay out of your way unless you want to visit with either of us and then we will keep the appropriate distance (and mask if you like).

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 : Date" is where you find out if anything has been added since your last visit -- the 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 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). 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 Annual Newsletter, notification of when your crop is ready to be harvested, 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.

In 2021, we were able to continue with repairs and maintenance items such as:

What will 2022 bring?

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

January 27, 2022

I'm getting ready for the Lunar New Year. It occurs on February 1, 2022 and for the Chinese calendar shows it brings in the Year of the Tiger. It is also Imbolc (in the Northern Hemisphere) which is midway between the Winter Solstice and the Spring Equinox. Most people associate it with Groundhog's Day (a chance to watch a funny movie, LOL).

Another New Year, another chance to resolve to be a kinder, more compassionate person practicing unconditional love (which also includes setting boundaries and holding others accountable for their actions). And while we are on that subject... every day is a new beginning and an opportunity to put the past behind and work at being that better being. (See what I did there? LOL)

So HAPPY NEW YEAR! Have a GRRRR-8 Year!

COVID UPDATE (I'm just as tired as everyone else about this -- which is why I keep talking about it.)

Between the reluctance of people to get vaccinated (and MASK IN PUBLIC) plus the delta and omicron variants spreading in our area, the number of cases is STILL high where we live. The hubby and I keep a close watch on the progression of the disease and that means even though we are both fully vaccinated, we continue to mask in public and minimize our exposure to the public.

If you, like us, are still encountering people who are not vaccinated, try telling them this: It is among the unvaccinated that the virus mutates and makes possible new and deadly variants which prompts additional mandates and closings. Please get vaccinated! We are all tired of worrying about the next mutation and all the problems that come with it.

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 "curbside service" when you contact me. Stay safe, wear your mask (correctly) and have faith in science.

By the way, I am back to NOT taking my mask off inside (even around other vaccinated people). I know people who are totally okay with unmasking not knowing the status of the people around them 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 easier for me to be unmasked, so long as we social distance.

HONEY

Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions described, but not shipped). I still haven't found a retailer or consignment store I want to work with in the Kansas City Metro area. If you know of anyone looking to add Raw Honey, please let me know.

I've added a business-to-business (B2B) option for honey (and beeswax) this year. So long as another business wants to use my honey in their value-added products, I am happy to negotiate a price that is lower than retail (whether what they want is already bottled or they have their own container). However, I do NOT sell wholesale/commercial honey. What's the difference, you ask? It is when someone wants to purchase my honey cheap in large quantities and sell it as their own at the same (or higher) price. That might make sense for them, but no sense at all for me. I'd rather end up with excess honey that I can donate to food pantries than create a competitor for selling my product FROM my product.

We have been truly blessed by our honeybees in 2021! They were ready for supers early in the Spring and filled them up SO FAST that we ended up with THREE BATCHES to sell this year. The Spring Honey was extracted BEFORE the clover burst forth and the Fall has both clover and late season influences.

PLUS, I have a small quantity of “21 SELECT” honey which is an exquisite product! Because it is such high quality/flavor, you pay a premium for it (truly, I’d just as soon hide it away for my private use, but that seems petty and ungenerous).

I am offering both 1-pound (16 oz) and 2-pound (32 oz) jars in BPA-free Plastic in addition to Glass this year. Manufacturers of containers had to focus on things relating to the pandemic and so sourcing glass honey containers has been, shall we say, challenging. I was able to get Glass because I ordered early (because of the Spring Raw Honey), but when I went to order more (having discovered there would be a bountiful Fall Raw Honey harvest)... well, the glass was just not available. Therefore, I split the glass between the Spring and Fall batches.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

BEESWAX

We have an abundance of beeswax! Because the hubby has learned some techniques to increase the spacing in the supers, we are ending up with plenty of beeswax. Also, our wax is primarily being melted and filtered using SOLAR ENERGY. We have found that our Honda Insight is the PERFECT solar “oven” because the inside temps on sunny days is perfect for melting the wax through the filter. Isn’t that wonderful! Cosmetic grade beeswax is available in 1-ounce ingots, 1-pound blocks or in chunks at a weight of your choosing. (Again, I do NOT sell wholesale/commercial beeswax. I do sell beeswax under the B2B model described above.) 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.

Last year was a great growing season for our berries. Crossing my fingers and toes that we DON'T have late freezes that keep us from having apples. As always, if you haven't already told me about a crop that you want notification of when they are ready to be harvested, please contact me!

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

I have nothing new on the horizon in 2022 for the Green Building Project portion of this adventure. Crossing my fingers and toes that we DON'T have any problems (either foreseen or unforeseen). You might say I need a bit of a vacation in 2022... who doesn't?

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. And that is true for non-religious people as well.

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.

MERCHANDISE (formerly General Store)

I have sold MOST of the cattle supplies/equipment. Details about what is still available is found HERE.

Get a limited edition print for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Check out the other things for sale from the farm.

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.



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