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Updated August 4, 2015


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, 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!

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!) 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 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!

Check back to find out the progress of our efforts.

Contact Information

The Resources Page has our Contact Information - Bottom of the Page.


StatusReport

August 4, 2015

Believe it or not, I actually worked on the website update in May, LOL. I've adjusted a few of the sentences to make them past tense and kept them in for this update. This is a HUGE update because it's been so long. Sorry about that.

May 21st was Red Nose Day. I joined in the fun to support the Comic Relief organization and bring awareness in the USA about children living in poverty. Wore the nose to 24 Hour Fitness for my Aqua Cardio Class, it stayed on even in the pool! We all had a great laugh and it was a great way to get conversations started.

You don't have to wear the nose... and you can help any day with donations.

You can learn more about this fun event at https://www.rednoseday.org/

May 23 was the March Against Monsanto. You can find out more about that at http://www.march-against-monsanto.com/.
This isn't just about Monsanto... it's about GMOs, pesticides, herbicides and knowing what is in our food and OH so much more!

Weather

This has been an exceptionally rainy year! This Spring we were not able to get our hay cut and baled because there were not enough days between rain downpours for the field and/or cut hay to dry out. So I am having to purchase hay this year. Luckily, I found a fellow who uses no chemicals on his hay fields and fertilizes using worm casting tea. Plus he wants my beef, so we are working out a barter situation: beef for hay! YIPPEE.

The animals are fine when it comes to weather issues. The pasture with the meat chickens and turkeys is over used because the ground was just SO saturated. We'll have to do some seeding this fall.

The road in front of the property was cut badly from the run off of the heavy, heavy rains. The culvert under our driveway got blocked from the debris the road crew left after cutting back the foliage inside the road easement. This caused the water to cut a channel in the road itself. That was two (2) months ago and they still haven't repaired the road. The hubby used our tractor to gather some of the gravel that washed to the bottom of the valley and fill in some of it so we can actually get from our driveway onto the road.

Beef/Cowpooling

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.

The shares sold for the 2015 Cowpooling covered two (2) steers. So I decided to hold the 3rd steer back and let it grow up a bit more so that Filet has a friend. That means I'll have two (2) steers for 2016 and they will be processed in May or June of 2016. (The story about taking the steers in to be processed this June can be found here.) SO, there are no shares left in beef for 2015.

If you want to purchase shares in the 2016 Cowpooling, that is grand. I've updated the page with the 2016 pricing and used that pricing in the example to make life easier for everybody, LOL. You CAN reserve your share in a 2016 beef NOW!

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

I have a new cow: Domino. You can see photos of her here.

The hubby went out to do cattle chores yesterday and found a CALF! Nike is a new momma! It is a boy calf so he will get a food-type name. Photos of Nike and the new calf here. Plus, there was excitement! Read all about it.

The Rush is past for Eggs

The hens went from laying lots of eggs to laying in lots of nests: being broody. Broody hens tend to have the same effect as a picket line and many of the other hens wouldn't lay eggs because they didn't want to cross those broody hens. AND then it got hot and humid here (it is summer after all, LOL) and the hens don't lay well in the heat. There are still eggs for sale... it's just getting closer to the 2 dozen maximum rule. More information about buying eggs/getting on the Egg List is found here.

Chicken News

The chicks are on pasture! We moved them the second week of May which was a couple of weeks earlier than we usually do and put heat lamps into their campers and "chick fence" around them so they have some room to start getting used to being outside.

The roosters are for sale! I am sick and tired of them. They are $20 each and you catch the ones you want. The lead rooster jumped me from behind and drew blood. That was the last straw. They are out-a-here.

Stories and photos on the new 2015 chicken page (click here).

Turkey News

I like the turkeys. Blue has really taken to motherhood. Pictures and story on the NEW Turkey Page. You can check it out here.

We finished the mobile Turkey Coop just in time to move Blue and the poults into it. Photos of the construction are here.

HoneyBee News

Our honeybee hives are expanding! The hubby did a 'split' this Spring and then the original hive swarmed (which he captured) and then swarmed again (which he didn't capture). As of today, there are three (3) hives and the hubby has placed an order for a 'nuc' (which is several frames of brood with nurse bees and a queen) which he will get in early Summer. Story and photos here... soon! Really, I promise. I just have to get this update live now and will get this done as soon as I can!

Plants

We have been planting LOTS of flowering tree and bush starts this Spring. Black Locust trees and Button Bushes for the honeybees and Aroniaberry Bushes for people. I still have some of the Aroniaberry starts that I potted for sale... they are $10 per pot and have 3 or 4 stems each.

I'm not quite finished getting my strawbale garden in place, but hope to grow a few things in it this summer. It is a test for me and you can follow along with the process. (Update... I DID finish it and will add a page about it after the growing season has ended and I have complete opinions.)

I love the Comfrey plants! They attract bumblebees and are so pretty. They also cover the entire flower bed so I don't have to do any weeding! I've added several more plants to the flower bed on the other side of the porch stairs. If you want Comfrey, I'll have starts next Spring. PLUS, I'm happy to sell you some leaves to dry for your personal use; just contact me about that.

Yard Equipment

I've added an update about the WORX trimmer. Don't want to spoil it for you, so click here to read all about it.

House Maintenance

Coming soon - promise!

Website Changes

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.


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