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 Order Form and Newsletter
You will need to contact me so I can put you on the books to get the 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.
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
The farm has taken all our money and energy in 2015. Join me in believing 2016 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.
November 7, 2015
It's been busy around here.
On October 30th, we transported the turkeys and laying hens to the processor in Archie MO (just under 2 hours away) which meant getting up at 3:00 am to get them into crates and make it there by 6:30 am. It was sad for me. We took in 15 turkeys and 1 of them didn't pass inspection so we ended up with 14. There were 48 hens and 2 of those didn't pass inspection so we have 46. The processor is USDA inspected so all the poultry are OK to sell. If you are interested in a turkey or a few chickens, email or call me (contact info here).
Fall is always about cleaning up, preparing for winter and also for spring. This year I have extra work cleaning up all the poultry stuff and packing it away for possible future use (or future sale). I'm not sure what happened, but sometime on 11-5 while cleaning poultry feeders and waterers, something decided to take a bite out of my neck on the left side. I think it must have been a spider because it didn't hurt like a bee or wasp and it has a pretty good size hole unlike a mosquito. So I have a swelling and it is also affecting the gland that is just beneath the bite. Thankfully, I remembered to put warm compresses with epsom salts and Thieves essential oils on it to draw out any venom.
The extra work has also aggrevated my plantar fasciitis so I'm trying to baby my foot as much as I can to take that pain down a notch.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2016
I've been pretty much at odds about selling the cattle. Which probably explains why I haven't gotten any offers on them. What I've been hearing from people that initially said were interested is that the price is more than they want to spend. Huh? I didn't advertise a price. Which means they are interpretting the "value" I placed on the cattle as a price I wanted to receive. OK, I screwed that up and accept full responsibility for that.
I WILL HAVE 2 (two) STEERS TO COWPOOL IN 2016. The information about getting a share is found here.
Since I haven't had any offers on the rest of the herd, I am keeping the cow/calf pairs and am still debating about whether to keep Fernie the bull. I have made overwintering arrangements for them and all is well.
AND I am still looking for people who want to farm-sit so I can take a vacation from time to time.