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!
January 22, 2016 (with January 29 UPDATE below)
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.
The site has gotten rather -- HUGE! -- what with all the current information, the archived information, etc. etc. etc.
So I decided to create Adobe Reader files (PDFs) of the older stuff and am making that information available for download for a small fee.
In that same vein, I'm compiling PDFs by topic and they will also be available for download for a fee.
Since I'm offering non-food items for sale on-line, I've created a "General Store" 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.
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.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2016
I have a limited number of Cowpooling shares still available for the June 2016 processing. The information about getting a share is found here.
BUFFY, THE STEALTH CAT
Now that there are no more chickens on the farm, I felt comfortable bringing in a cat to help with the mouse population control. You can learn more about adopting a cat from a feral colony on the Pest Management page.
FRUITS, HERBS, VEGETABLES, PLANTS FOR SALE - NEW PAGE
In 2015, I planted an additional 75 Aroniaberry cuttings. Added to the fruit trees, blackberries, strawberries, and other plant products that will be available, I figured I should have a page that talks about how you can purchase it all and not just give you information. Click here to go there.
I've moved the previous entries (2011 through 2015) to a PDF available from the General Store. And there is a new entry... or should I say rant, LOL... about Why I Advocate Labeling of GMOs. It is located in the Sustainable Living section, but you can always check the Directory if you can't remember where a particular entry is located.
SEPTIC TANK MAINTENANCE
As I have been making the changes to the website, I found at least one page that I completely overlooked from June 2015! Meaning, I created it, but I never made any links to it (except perhaps from the Status Report at the time, but since I haven't investigated that, I sincerely doubt it). There is now a link to the Septic Tank Maintenance page from the Project List and you can click here if you want to check it out right away.