CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PLAYHAVEN FARM LLC & GREEN BUILDING PROJECT
IN THE KANSAS CITY AREA
Kansas City Food Circle (www.kcfoodcircle.org) : Kansas City Food Circle is a volunteer driven, membership and donation-financed organization created to promote the development of a permanently sustainable local food system. It is a part of Heart of America Action Linkage, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation in Missouri. We serve the greater Kansas City area (eaters and growers in Missouri, Kansas, and nearby communities in Nebraska and Iowa) providing an alternative to the conventional agricultural system, which is dependent on practices that are neither good for our personal health nor for the health of the living world of which we are part.
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.
Missouri Organic Association (www.missouriorganic.org) : 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.
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. This year, founder Jo Robinson is providing new 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.
Organic Consumers Association (www.organicconsumers.org) : The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The OCA deals with crucial issues of food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children's health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, environmental sustainability and other key topics. We are the only organization in the US focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation's estimated 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.
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 (www.restorekc.org) : 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.
Central Plains Chapter (www.usgbccentralplains.org/) : 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.
Of MO-Columbia, Department of Human Environmental Science (extension.missouri.edu/hes/housing/index.htm)
: Green Architecture and Sustainable Living Listing of Resources.
OUTSIDE THE KANSAS CITY AREA
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!
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)
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.
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.)
Guide to Green Building (https://quiethut.com/green-building/) : Nice article with lots of links!
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?)
You can also call me if you like... I don't carry my phone to do chores, so if you don't get me live, please leave a message. I'll get it eventually (LOL). OH, and I DO NOT text... voice communication only. The number is eightONE6-3Ofour-three31Seven.
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