If you are interested in Sustainable Farming and/or Sustainable Building, you have found a terrific resource! Even if I do say it myself, I think you will find this website has lots and LOTS of great information about both topics ... and more!
It should be very easy to navigate 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.
The four (4) text links at the top of the page are quick links to primary pages:
- "Status Report" is where you find out what is new or has been added in the current update (the date at the top of the Home page). It has links to the pages that have been updated so you don't have go searching to find them.
- "Project List" Section will
give you 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
are so graciously working with us; and to learn how to become a part
of the project (if you are so inclined).
- 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. I've closed the 'blogspot' account and moved those entries here.
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. :)
At the risk of appearing vain...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 beginning farmer", which means I just 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 such as 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. Over the years, I have met and learned from a tremendous group of individuals. So if you have questions about Sustainable Building that I can't answer, once again I know who to contact that CAN answer them!
As the Artist; I am entering a new phase. 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!) I am now working in graphite (which translates to: pencil) and AM LOVING IT! I hope to have my better pieces available for purchase in limited editions soon. When I do, you'll find a link to them added to this website.
Get On the List for the 2015 Order Form and Newsletter
You will need to contact me so I can put you on the books to get the 2015 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 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. (I do, however, make my way into the Kansas City Metro area on a regular basis and am happy to meet you on the Missouri side [*to deliver EGGS only*].)
Remember, farming is primarily SEASONAL. The hens lay eggs all year, so those are available round the calendar. Everything else has to "grow up", so while you are putting in an order now, you will have to wait until everything else is ready to be harvested.
House Renovation - the Green Way
The farm has taken all our money and energy in 2014. Join me in believing 2015 will provide abundant money and time to do more on the renovation, won't you?
Please check them out and consider
them for your next project!
Check back to find out the progress of our efforts.
The Resources Page has our Contact Information - Bottom of the Page.
January 3, 2015
Happy New Year! Which is to say, the world-wide, agreed-upon calendar year, LOL... and isn't that amazing, there is something that we can all agree to abide by for the sake of keeping appointments with each other, remembering each other's birthdates, anniversaries, etc. And it doesn't take away anything from the calendar of each individual's culture, religion, or whatever view of the order of the universe you hold to. This Common Era calendar is something we all have in common in addition to using seconds, minutes, and hours to track the progression of the rotation of the earth. Wouldn't it be nice if humankind focused on our similarities instead of our differences.
Annual Newsletter and Order Forms - 2015
Now that the holiday rush has passed, I can focus on the Annual Newsletter that will provide an overview of 2014 and what to expect in 2015. I've gotten the first draft of the Chicken and Cowpooling Order Forms done, so hopefully I will have this ready to send out in a couple of weeks.
Everyone who has contacted me and provided their email address will be getting a notice via email regarding when the Newsletter and Order Form is ready to be distributed.
That is your opportunity to reply and tell me:
- you prefer to get this info printed and sent to you through the US Postal Service, if so please provide your correct mailing address; or
- you no longer wish to receive emails from PlayHaven Farm LLC.
If I don't get a reply, the packet will go out digitally (in an Adobe Reader PDF) via email.
Alone on the Farm for Two (2) Weeks
The hubby occasionally travels for work and he tries to keep the duration of each trip to a minimum so that I am not overwhelmed with farm chores. Now that we have begun meeting people who are interested in coming out to the farm to help, this should not be as big of an issue... Thankfully. Unfortunately, we are so used to doing everything ourselves, it's hard to remember to contact these people ahead of time to find out if they are available during these days. One of my goals in 2015 is to be more proactive about contacting these lovely people.
So, in December, the hubby was scheduled to work in South Africa and I figured I could handle things... so long as he contacted people to be a back up if I needed them. What I had thought was a one (1) week trip turned out to be 15 days and that was TOO long. Especially since the back-up turned out to have holiday travel plans and I was totally on my own.
If you follow the farm on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PlayHavenFarm), you may have already read about my biggest adventures during this time. If not, you can read them on the blog entry here along with the "rest of the story".
Phaerghus Meets the Chickens
Phaerghus (our Newfoundland Dog) met the chickens for the first time on December 3, 2014. Several of the Dark Cornish hens decided to go into the 'Big Dog Yard'... I've put the story on the 2014 Chicken Page. Click here to go there.
Once again, I have to report no progress in this area. Gee that irritates me. BUT, tomorrow is another day (she says optimistically).