CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PLAYHAVEN FARM LLC & GREEN BUILDING PROJECT
IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
AgriMissouri (agrimissouri.com) : Fresh and wholesome Missouri-grown foods and farm products, exciting agritourism destinations and the people and businesses that connect you to the farm.
Whether you make, grow, or raise agricultural products or operate a farm, business or farmers’ market in Missouri, AgriMissouri can help your business grow. AgriMissouri is an outreach program through the Missouri Department of Agriculture that promotes Missouri-grown and Missouri-made items, representing food and non-food products, retailers, farmers’ markets, agritourism and agricultural experience destinations. AgriMissouri strives to grow all members through collective marketing and promotions and offers training and educational opportunities to help grow successful businesses.
Mid-America Organic Association (https://moaorganic.org/) : (formerly Missouri Organic Association) As residents of this Earth, we share one Responsibility. . .to support Sustainable systems which will ensure the quality of life for all people. Together we can promote a Healthy food supply and restore Balance to our planet.
Of MO-Extension (extension2.missouri.edu)
: Main programs available to learn more about things important to you: Agriculture and Environment, Business and Community, Health and Safety, Youth and Family.
Eat Wild (www.eatwild.com) : Eatwild.com provides research-based information about "eating on the wild side." This means choosing present-day foods that approach the nutritional content of wild plants and game—our original diet. Evidence is growing on an almost daily basis that these wholesome foods give us more of the nutrients we need to fight disease and enjoy optimum health.
Few of us will go back to foraging in the wild for our food, but we can learn to forage in our supermarkets, farmers markets, and from local farmers to select the most nutritious and delicious foods available.
Eatwild has been providing information about the benefits of choosing meat, eggs, and dairy products from pastured animals since 2001. Founder Jo Robinson is now providing information about fruits and vegetables as well!
Certified Naturally Grown (www.naturallygrown.org) : Certified Naturally Grown is a Grassroots Alternative to the USDA's National Organic Program meant primarily for small farmers distributing through local channels - farmer's markets, roadside stands, local restaurants, community supported agriculture (CSA) programs and small local grocery stores - the farmers that make up your local landscape!
Local Harvest (www.localharvest.org) : The best organic food is what's grown closest to you. Use our website to find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in your area, where you can buy produce, grass-fed meats, and many other goodies. Want to support this great web site? Shop in our catalog for things you can't find locally!
American Pastured Poultry Producers Association (www.apppa.org) : The American Pastured Poultry Producers' Association (APPPA) is a nonprofit educational and networking organization dedicated to encouraging the production, processing, and marketing of poultry raised on pasture.
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (farmandranchfreedom.org) : Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.
FARFA is an advocate for independent farmers, ranchers, livestock owners, and homesteaders, as well as the consumers who support them. By protecting independent producers, we protect the safety, quality, and availability of our food.
IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
the Gap (www.bridgingthegap.org) : Yes, we like trees a lot;
but it's community that we hug. We work to unite business, government
and individuals in a way that benefits us all and preserves our natural
resources for generations to come. We seek ways to protect our environment,
while balancing economic impact and bettering community. We educate
through action. We don't just talk, we do.
Reclaimed Timber (www.elmwoodreclaimedtimber.com)
: Actually, we do make it like they used to.
Reclaimed Wood and Stone Products, ready for another 100 years!
: Greenability magazine is a new, bi-monthly publication designed to
help you discover "green" lifestyle alternatives for everyday living
in Kansas City. What’s a “green” choice? Learn about
local options for sustainable living for your home, work and family.
been making healthy environmental choices for years, or are just now
looking for some easy alternatives for greener living, Greenability
is your local source for news, events, resources, products and ideas.
Habitat for Humanity
ReStore - Kansas City (https://habitatkc.org/restore/) : Save your money,
neighborhood, community and the earth! Habitat ReStore is the place
Kansas City area homeowners get quality construction materials at
bargain prices. Well kept homes make safer neighborhoods. Your contributions
to Habitat ReStore means materials are kept in use instead of thrown
into the landfill. Donate materials to ReStore and avoid hauling
costs, plus receive a tax
Heartland Utilities for Energy Efficiency (www.HUEE.org) : Your midwest
utilities have joined together to educate consumers on how to save
energy. HUEE is one of the only local utilities collaborative in the
nation working together on residential energy efficiency issues. We
are not selling you anything. We are not hosting seminars. We don’t
even want you to join anything. We must fight the battle together,
and we are here to show you how. (**This site has great links, too!**)
Council (www.marc.org) : The Mid-America Regional Council,
commonly referred to as MARC, serves as the association of city and
county governments and the metropolitan planning organization for
the bistate Kansas City region. MARC seeks to build a stronger regional
community through cooperation, leadership and planning. Through MARC’s
leadership, area jurisdictions and diverse community interests sit
down together to address the region’s
problems and identify the opportunities for cooperative solutions.
These efforts, in turn, enhance the effectiveness of local government.
MRC Electronics Recycling (https://mrcrecycling.net) : MRC has both business and community electronics recycling. They have events for the public, pick up services for businesses and a drop off location for personal. The website lists all their services and also notes what is free to recycle and what requires a fee.
Central Plains Chapter (https://www.usgbc.org/usgbc-central-plains) : USGBC’s
Central Plains Chapter covers Kansas and part of Western Missouri (including the Greater Kansas City area); it is dedicated to integrating sound business
practices and environmentally-responsible design, development and
construction within the local building industry.
OUTSIDE THE KANSAS CITY AREA
Asbestos & Safe Removal Procedures (https://www.asbestos.net/asbestos/recycling/) : Raising awareness of the risks of asbestos and the importance of practicing safe asbestos removal procedures to reduce these risks by the Mesothelioma Justice Network.
EcoChoices Natural Living Store (www.ecochoices.com) : Create a home
that is beautiful, natural and a safe environment for you and your
family's enjoyment. The best earth-friendly products available at the
lowest prices possible without lowering the quality of the products.
Shop more than ten web sites with one shopping cart!
Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses by FSGI (www1.fsgi.com) : They put together an extensive guide to Energy Efficiency for Small Business which covers, in great detail, practical tips and ideas that businesses can implement to get started toward energy efficiency.
They also outline the importance of being environmentally-conscious and even included a number of downloadable worksheets.
Incorporated (www.efi.org) : We believe it is essential to encourage
environmentally benign and sustainable use of our planet's limited
energy and water resources. Through the distribution of resource
conserving products and the provision of objective, accurate information,
we strive to assist people in their efforts to use energy and water
: The EnviroLink Network is a non-profit organization which has been
providing access to thousands of online environmental resources since
: Where you can find a wide range of information about sustainable
architecture and natural building.
House Reference Manual from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (www.cdc.gov/NCEH/publications/books/housing/housing.htm)
Home Science: Backyard Conservation (https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/home-science-backyard-conservation/) : Ways you can conserve in your own backyard. (suggested by Peyton)
Services Network (www.resnet.us)
: The Residential Energy Services Network's (RESNET) mission is to
ensure the success of the building energy performance certification
industry, set the standards of quality, and increase the opportunity
for ownership of high performance buildings. RESNET is a membership
501-C-3 non profit organization.
OTHER INTERESTING RESOURCES
Barn Plans (www.barnplans.com)
: Offers a line of simple, concise and easy to read
blueprints designed with the owner/builder in mind. Both barns and
homes can be made from these plans.
Creating a Pollinator Garden (www.bottlestore.com/beesandhoneycreatingpollinatorgardens) : A guide to creating a place for pollinators OF ALL KINDS on your land. (Recommended by Jenna.)
Creating Wildlife Habitat in Your Backyard (www.angieslist.com/articles/creating-wildlife-habitat-your-backyard.htm) : A primer on creating a place for wildlife on your land. (Recommended by Benjamin.)
Driving Electric & Hybrid Cars in the 21st Century (https://www.hendy.co.uk/electric-hybrid-cars-21st-century/) : A Complete Guide to Driving Electric & Hybrid Cars in the 21st Century offered by the Hendy Group in the UK.
Eco-friendly Transportation and Alternative Fuels (https://www.automotivetouchup.com/touch-up-paint/green-is-more-than-a-paint-color-for-cars/) : Helpful information about eco-friendly transportation and alternative fuels. (Recommended by Kelly's kids in youth activities in Montpelier, VT.)
Getting Clean by Going Green (http://www.bbcleaningservice.com/get-clean-go-green.html) : Resources to make your cleaning eco-friendly. (Recommended by Alyssa's girl Scouts in Denver CO.)
Going Green in Your Home (https://www.homeadvisor.com/r/green-home-solutions/) : Great information by HomeAdvisor. (Recommended by Celeste's Girl Scouts.)
Green Cars (https://www.titleproloans.com/resources/green-cars-and-the-environment/) : A page of links to many different websites regarding the automotive industry in regard to eco-friendly vehicles. (Recommended by Dakota.)
GreenCitizen.com (greencitizen.com) : I found this one when I was looking for a place to recycle my li-ion batteries. LOTS of great information and connections to products and just a super resource.
Guide to Green Building (https://quiethut.com/green-building/) : Nice article with lots of links!
Health Benefits of Essential Oils (https://www.perfume.com/article-health-benefits-of-essential-oils) : A great article about essential oils and their uses. (Recommended by Mary-Anne's Girl Scout Troup.)
|If you have a suggestion for another resource, please do pass it along! As you can see, many of my resources come from kids doing projects on a sustainable lifestyle. I am always happy to give credit where credit is due! Thanks.
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