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!
June 23, 2016
Happy Solstice! I was excited to see the full moon on the Summer Solstice, but alas and alack, we had clouds and didn't get to see it. Heavy Sigh. But, we were blessed with a thunderstorm overnight that left 2.5 inches of rain on the pastures!
The Japanese Beetles are back with a vengeance! The early hot weather brought them out a couple of weeks early and I appear to have missed the slow build up period and got the traps/bags out just in time. Hopefully, this will get them out of the way a few weeks early as well. I can dream, can't I? LOL
Since I don't have chickens to feed the beetles to and my freezer is FULL of beef FOR SALE... I'm working out how to dispose of the things. My most recent thoughts are to stun them in the freezer for a couple of days and then pour them into a bucket and put neem oil/soapy water over them and cover that for a day or two. It SHOULD drown the hungry critters. I'll let you know how it goes. I'm also planning to use some to make a "tea" to spray on plants as a repellant, will also let you know how THAT goes.
GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF IN 2016 AND THE 2017 "Early Bird" SPECIAL
I picked up the processed beef yesterday and will have it ready to sell retail starting in July. I have put a list of what is available and for what price on the Grass-fed and Finished Beef For Sale page. Contact me to place an order and schedule your appointment to pick it up at the farm.
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.
CATTLE PAGE UPDATED (2016)
Nike's Heifer Calf (June 2016) -- If you follow us on Facebook, you already know that Nike gave birth to a heifer calf on June 14th! Lots of photos!
Dannon Goes to Her New Home (June 2016) -- As you may know, I had planned to keep Dannon. But, for reasons expressed on the full article, I decided to sell Dannon.
Moving to Fresh Pasture (June 2016) -- Some lovely images of what fresh pasture looks like on the Summer Solstice. My that pasture has improved over the last few years!
The hubby has a new camera and has been getting used to it by taking lots of photos of the cattle. The photos of the new calf and herd are by the hubby. Click here to quickly get to the 2016 Cattle page and then use the links at the top to visit the entries of your choice.
CATS LIVING IN THE BIG RED GAMBREL BUILDING
Hurray! The two barn cats LIKE IT HERE! Rueben and Gus are settled in and we even see them from time to time. The hubby sees Gus (the black shorthair) outside of the building occasionally, but so far we have only seen Rueben (the ginger tabby) inside the building. Once, I left the door open and happend on Rueben as he made his way down the stairs and apparently heading for the open door; when WHOOSH! he turned right around and went straight back the way he came. Startled me (in a good way) and made me laugh.
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).
FYI, I have sold some of the used poultry equipment. Check the page to see what is still available.
POWELL GARDENS - POLLINATORS
I've been invited to Powell Gardens on Friday, June 24 from Noon to 3:00 pm to chat about pollinators and why they are so important and how to invite them to your garden. Stop by if you can!
Once again, water problems on the farm. I am really tired of the field hydrant breaking down (and the hubby even more so since he does the digging and replacing). First we replaced it thinking it was just old, then repaired the new one (at least twice) before putting the old one back in after repairing it. Obviously, the repair kits aren't worth the effort. Read the story here.