Welcome

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 : Month&Date" is where you find out if anything has been added since your last visit -- the Month and 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 are so graciously working with us; and to learn how to become a part of the project. Monetary Donations are 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 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. :)

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 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 among which being 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!

The Artist

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!) 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 the General Store). 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 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 Products Order Form and Annual 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 Cowpooling 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 = Greenovation!

The farm took 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?

Sponsors

Please check them out and consider them for your next project! Also, if you want to help out, your Monetary Donation is much appreciated!


StatusReport

May 21, 2016

Spring arrived on the farm earlier this year. I thought not having chickens would provide me some extra time, but alas, that time has been taken with figuring out other ways to bring in income. Evenings have been spent pouring through my rock and gem collections and stringing beads to sell through the General Store.

The early Spring also means getting back to yard work and that has caused an upheaval in my daily routine that I still have not quite worked out. Yes, it happens every year... doesn't make it any easier. Plus, since taking over the house cleaning, my non-farm chores have increased.

Luckily, this week was rainy and I had gotten all but some minor trimming done last week as pertains to yard chores. I opted to put off house cleaning and work on this website.

Which means there is finally an update!

GENERAL STORE

I've had to do a bit of organizational shifting and put a directory on the General Store page that links to separate pages for the Archived PDFs, the NEW Art for Sale page and the NEW Rocks/Gems for Sale page.

I welcome your comments and suggestions. For one thing, it's been difficult to figure out how to handle shipping and handling for the Rocks/Gems because while they are small, they still require postage and at least a padded envelope to ship.

GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2016 AND THE 2017 "Early Bird" SPECIAL

The deadline for 2016 Cowpooling shares has passed. The farm WILL have beef to sell per package starting in July. I will post a list of what is available and for what price at that time.

Don't miss out on Cowpooling shares for 2017! Take advantage of the "Early Bird" special, send in your deposit now and be guaranteed the 2016 price. The information about getting a share is found here.

CATS COME TO THE FARM, AGAIN

I received a call from the feral cat rehome organization this week. They have two (2) adult males who are buddies and they want to place them together. This should be perfect for our needs. Cross your fingers and toes for me that they decide to stay. (By the way, I think I saw Buffy a few miles down the road yesterday. She may have found a friend. I certainly hope so.)

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A POULTRY PARTNER

I put this out there last update and I am putting it out there again! I had a nibble on this topic, but there appeared to be some confusion, so let me clarify: I'm looking for someone to move the equipment to their own land and use it in their own chicken operation. I am not looking for someone to finance me getting back into chickens. The egg production and meat birds pay for themselves just fine. If you want to do the work, I am happy to do a reduce sale price, barter for eggs/meat, etc. so that you don't have to pay retail for the equipment and I (and my former customers) will have a resource for healthy eggs/meat that are pastured and not fed corn, soy or wheat.

Contact me to discuss creating a partnership wherein I supply mentoring and the equipment for compensation (be that cash, product or a combination of both).

KANSAS CITY FOOD CIRCLE EXPO 2016

As many of you know, I was able to participate in the Kansas date of the Kansas City Food Circle Expo at Johnson County Community College on April 2nd. It was a lovely event and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with everyone that stopped by the booth. I was so looking forward to the following weekend when I would get to visit with folks at Penn Valley Community College, but alas, I fell ill and was unable to attend. Besides missing out on talking with people I already know, I missed out on connecting with new friends and prospective customers... not to mention the wasted fee to participate. So, it was a very expensive illness because I didn't have anyone to attend in my place. One of the hazards of being a small farm without employees.

Why am I sharing that? Because it's a truth about owning a small business that everyone should know before they get into it.

VET VISIT AT THE FARM

May 2nd was the annual Veterinary Visit to the farm. Check out the photos of the new portable canel panels in use and the story from the day here.

WEANING!

Hard to believe it's been a year since we did our first weaning. Read all about this year on the 2016 Cattle page.

COMPOST HAY

It's not a very interesting topic, but free fertilizer to make gardens is exciting to me! See photos of what happens to the fertilized hay after the winter on the 2016 Crops page.



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