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. :)
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!
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?
Please check them out and consider
them for your next project! Also, if you want to help out, your Monetary Donation is much appreciated!
March 23, 2016
As you may have noticed, I'm revamping the website. Please forgive any missing or unfinished pages or missing links during the changes. I welcome your email letting me know when/if you find any.
Don't worry if you are looking for a page you have visited before and it isn't there any longer. I have created Adobe Reader files (PDFs) of the older stuff and that information IS STILL AVAILABLE from the General Store. You can open the file for free. If you decide to download it, please use the link to make a free will donation per file downloaded. I am happy to share my experiences with you and I hope you value the effort enough to help me make it possible through your donation.
MONETARY DONATIONS NOW ACCEPTED
I'm finding that I spend more time educating which is GREAT! But it also means time that isn't paid for. SO, I've set up a way for anyone who feels the inclination to make a Donation to the Farm. These donations are NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE since the Farm is not a non-profit organization (even if it may seem like it from my end, LOL). Donations can be made from the Sponsors page.
I'm still working on this page, so please check back often for what has been added since your last visit.
This is where you can either download files or place orders for the non-food items with payment through PayPal. I will ship NON-FOOD items ONLY. Food products must still be picked up at the farm. Of course, you are welcome to pick up the non-food items at the farm, if you prefer.
I had a great time last weekend at the Rock and Gem Show in Kansas City. I invested in purchasing semi-precious stones to make things myself and other items already made by someone else to sell from the General Store. I'm hoping to have a few things with me at the Kansas City Food Circle Expos in April.
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.
BUFFY, THE STEALTH CAT
Pest Management page has an update on Buffy.
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A POULTRY PARTNER
All winter I've had to look at poultry coops that are empty and sitting in my field. I would very much like to help someone in the Kansas City Metro area get into raising poultry the way I did so that my customers (and I, for that matter) can find the kind of eggs and meat I was producing. 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).
2015 CATTLE PAGE FINISHED!
Agh! All this archiving of older pages has had me so preoccupied. Here I was making the Adventures in Cattle PDF and I discovered that I hadn't done an update to the 2015 page since Nike had her calf. The arrivals of Domino's and Button's calves were announced on Facebook at least. Well, now the photos and all are here on the 2015 Cattle page with the rest of the 2015 adventure!
HAY BALE SETUP FOR OVERWINTERING MY CATTLE
So sorry this has taken so long. I've finally gotten the 2016 Cattle page updated with pictures of how the hubby and I decided to provide access to the hay by the cattle. We've had a mild winter and that is probably why we still have six (6) beautiful bales of hay left. The cattle are spending very little time at the hay these days.
HUNTERS AND MY LIVESTOCK
A new entry in my Farming Blog. No, I'm not going to give you a hint beyond the title. LOL
PORTABLE CATTLE PANELS
I have invested in my on Portable Cattle Panel with Trailer setup. The story and photos are on the 2016 Cattle page.
BLACKBERRY CANE MANAGEMENT
The hubby did a fabulous job constructing the structure for managing the blackberry canes. See photos and descriptions on the 2016 Crops page.