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. (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.
April 8, 2015
I meant to have this done on April Fools Day...No Fooling! It's a monthly update! Hope your first day of April was fun, foolish and fabulous.
As of today, I still have a couple shares available for Grass-fed/finished Beef. Please contact me by email or phone (you can find that info on the Resources/Links page, click here) if you want to get in on the Cowpooling.
If the Cowpooling shares aren't sold by the time I take the animals in for processing in June, I'll have beef to sell by the piece. I'll keep you updated.
In case you haven't already visited it, here is the link to the Grass-fed/finished Beef page with LOTS of information about how healthy and good for the environment it is.
Cow News - 2015
I've added a new page for the 2015 story about the cows. There are entries are about overwintering (with a link to the watering page to learn how we handle water), the first veterinary visit and weaning. Enjoy!
Spring is the Time for EGGS!
Spring has sprung... HURRAY! The hens are producing LOTS of eggs. This is an especially good time of year to stock up. More information about buying eggs/getting on the Egg List is found here.
It is also the time of year that the inspector comes by and delivers the news about my rating for this year. You can find out how my inspection came out here.
Chicken News - 2015
I lost another hen recently. Hadn't had a hawk strike for a long time and on March 29th that long time ended when I saw some kind of bird of prey standing over a Buff Orpington carcass. You can read about it here.
The hens are finally moved out of their overwinter pasture! HOORAY! I don't have to roast cracked navy beans and reconstitute alfalfa pellets until next winter. Story and photos on the new 2015 chicken page (click here).
I've added a page for the Turkeys. You can check it out here. No, don't have any to sell in 2015. I have to build a flock first. Hoping to be able to sell them in 2016. The poults arrived on the 7th and there are pictures!
Kansas City Food Circle Eat Local Expo
I've written up a blog entry about marketing through venues such as the KC Food Circle Eat Local Expo where I'll be exhibiting on April 11, 2015 from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. at Penn Valley Community College. Get info about the April 11th Expo here on Facebook. Or you can go to their website here.
The Testimonials page is available now. I'm always very grateful to hear from customers what their experiences have been with my products and/or visits to the farm. If it's good, then I want to share it! If it's been unpleasant, I need to hear about it so I can figure out what is going on and make any necessary changes.
The other changes listed below will be made as I can fit in the time now that there are more outside chores to be done:
- the opportunity to make a Donation (i.e. if you benefit from something you learned about here and want to say "Thank You" in a tangible way)
- the ability to download Acrobat Reader (PDF) "books" of the Green Building Projects... this Farming Adventure... etc. (for a small cost)
- an Events page with information about (you guessed it!) events on the farm you can attend. This will include fun, party-type things in addition to workshops and please-I-need-help days
- and pages with my Artwork for sale and non-food items for sale.