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GREENOVATION, FARMING, LIFESTYLE, PAST PROJECTS

Information about past projects can be downloaded from the General Store for a small fee.

GREENOVATION
North Porch Replaced Fall 2017
Siding Replaced and Painted Spring 2018
French Drains, Garage Spring 2018

SUSTAINABLE FARMING
Beekeeping

February 2017

Cattle

2015
2016
2017
2018

Crops 2016
2017

Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs, Plants for Sale

January 2016
Update: August 2016
Update: September 2016
Grass Fed/Finished Beef for Sale January 2016
Update: August 2016
Integrated Pest Management January 2016
Update: August 2016
Update: September 2016
Raw Honey and Bee Products for Sale January 2016
Update: September 2016
Update: February 2017
Water September 2013
Update: April 2015
Update: July 2016

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE
Green Cleaning January 2016
Septic Tank Maintenance June 2015

PAST PROJECTS/INFORMATION

Links below take you to the General Store where the
Adobe Reader Files (PDF) of the Archived Webpages are located.

GREENOVATION

OVERVIEW

  • Goals
  • Site
  • Client
  • Design
  • Systems
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainability
  • Acreage and Buildings as Purchased
  • Energy Audit - Prior to Purchase (actual reports included in PDF)

DECK/PORCH

  • South Deck Repair

FIREPLACE CHIMNEY

  • Backstory (Sep 2008)
  • Exterior Chimney Repair (Sep 2008)
  • New Chimney Liner (Oct 2008)
  • Chimney Sealant (Aug 2010)

HEATING AND COOLING:

  • Ductwork, Sealing (Dec 2009)
  • Time to Update the Heating and Cooling (Nov 2011)
  • Ductwork, Correct Old and Install New (Oct 2011)
  • Install Geothermal Tubing (Oct 2011)
  • Install Ground Source Heat Pump and Water Heater (Oct 2011)
  • Remove Propane Tank (Oct 2011)
  • 2012 QHCA Award by Contracting Business.com (Jun 2012)
  • Proof: How Great Insulation and New Geothermal System Is! (Jun 2012)
  • The Glory of Geothermal Cooling! (Aug 2012)

INSULATION

  • Estimates (Apr 2009)
  • Replace Fiberglass in Attic with Cellulose (May 2010)
  • Add Closed-Cell Foam to Crawlspace Below Master Bedroom/Bath and Basement Rim Joist (Sep 2011)
  • Add Cellulose Under the Floor in the Front (North) Hall (Sep 2011)

PAINTING

  • Remove Wallpaper and Paint Living Room with No VOC Paint (Jun 2008)
  • Exterior 'Maintenance' Painting (Sep/Oct 2008)
  • Exterior Whole House, Siding and Trim Painted (Apr/May 2011)

PLUMBING

  • Searching for a Plumber (Oct 2009)
  • Replace Polybutylene with PEX (Apr 2010, May 2010)
  • Standing Water in Crawlspace (Sep 2011)
  • Repair Shower Faucet 1st Floor Bath (Sep 2012)

ROOF

  • Backstory (Apr 2009)
  • Replace Metal Roof on House with Energy Star Qualified 'Cool' Roof (Jul 2009)
  • Replace Fascia Boards (Apr 2011)

SIDING:

  • Repair and Installation of Cementatious Fiber Siding (Apr 2011)

SUSTAINABLE FARMING

BEEKEEPING

  • Backstory (Apr 2012)
  • Getting the Bees and Installation (Apr 2012)
  • First Inspection (Apr 2012)
  • Second Inspection (Apr 2012)
  • Third Inspection (May 2012)
  • Fourth Inspection (May 2012)
  • Time to Remove the Feeder and Add the First Super (May 2012)
  • Mr. Reidler Comes Out to See the Hive (Jun 2012)
  • Bees "Bearding" (Jul 2012)
  • My Honey! (Oct 2012)
  • Sad News (Dec 2012)
  • A New Start (Jun 2014)
  • Ups and Downs in Beekeeping (Aug 2015)

CATTLE (An Adventure in Cattle, Vol. 1)

  • Summer Guests (June 2012)
  • Our Own Herd - It's a Start (April 2013)
  • Flush of Grass (May 2013)
  • Moowers (July 2013)
  • Photos of Moowers (September 2013)
  • Pumpkins and COLD Weather (January 2014)
  • SirLoin Departs... 3 Steers Arrive (June 2014)
  • One Little Happy Family of Moowers (July 2014)
  • A New Addition (September 2014)
  • A Second Addition (November 2014)
  • Alone on the Farm for 2 Weeks (December 2014)
  • The Herd in Winter (December 2014)

CHICKENS (Chicken Adventures, Vol. 1)

  • Getting Into Pastured Poultry (Mar 2012)
  • Chicks (May 2012)
  • 10-Days Old (May 2012)
  • The Chickens Have Left the Building! (Jun 2012)
  • Moved to the Chicken Tractor (Jun 2012)
  • Added Independence (Jul 2012)
  • Growing Up (Aug 2012)
  • Coming Down to the Wire for the Boys (Aug 2012)
  • I Feed the Chickens, the Chickens Feed Me (Oct 2012)
  • Extra Photos (Oct 2012)
  • From Pasture to Freezer (Oct 2012)
  • It's All About the Hens! (Oct 2012)
  • Sunny-side Up, Please (Oct 2012)
  • Adding Light to the Situation (Nov 2012)
  • B-B-B-BRRRR! (Dec 2012)
  • Winter Hens (Jan 2013)
  • Spring Equinox (Mar 2013)

CHICKENS (Chicken Adventures, Vol. 2)

  • May Day (May 2013)
  • Mother and Child Reunion... Well, Sort of (May 2013)
  • Processing Chickens (Aug/Sep 2013)
  • A Rooster in the Hen House??? (Nov 2013)
  • Overwinter Pasture (Jan 2014)
  • Bah-Humbug-Chicken Style (Feb 2014)
  • Another Polar Vortex in March... In Like a Lion (Mar 2014)
  • New Homes All Around (May 2014)
  • Freedom Rangers, Dark Cornish, Turkeys, Egg Layers, OH MY! (Jul 2014)
  • Feeding Japanese Beetles (Nov 2014)
  • The Turkeys (Nov 2014)
  • Chicken Processing (Nov 2014)
  • Overwintering Setup (Nov 2014)
  • Phaerghus Meets the Chickens (Dec 2014)
  • From Winter to Summer Pasture (Apr 2015)
  • The Chicks Have Left the Building (Jul 2015)
  • A Difficult Decision (Oct 2015)
  • The Last Update on Poultry (Jan 2016)

CONSTRUCTION OF MOBILE COOPS AND MORE

  • Chicken Ark (Jun 2012)
  • Chicken Tractor (June 2012/Sep 2015)
  • EggMobile (May 2013)
  • Cockerel Campers (Aug 2013)
  • Brooder/Hover (Jun 2014)
  • Shade/Covered Roost (Jul 2014)
  • Turkey Coop (Jul 2015)
  • A New Life for the Turkey Mobile (Dec 2015)

FRUITS, VEGETABLES, HERBS...

  • Making Plans (Oct 2008)
  • Can We Really Call this Farming? (Oct 2009)
  • Preparing for a Fruit Orchard (Jun 2011, Feb 2012)
  • Raised Beds for Vegetable Production (Nov 2011)
  • 2012 Crops (Jun 2012)
  • 2013 Crops (Spring 2013)
  • 2014 Crops (Spring 2014)
  • The Orchard, It's a Beginning (Apr 2014)

GLEANING PUMPKINS

  • Pumpkins, A Food Source for Livestock (Apr 2013)
  • Free Pumpkins through Gleaning (Nov 2013)

HEALTHY EGGS FOR SALE The discontinued (as of September 2015) webpage.

  • What Sets My Eggs Apart
  • Pastured Poultry
  • Coops
  • Breeds - Triple Purpose
  • Food (Feed)

MEAT CHICKENS FOR SALE The discontinued (as of September 2015) webpage.

  • What Sets My Meat Chickens Apart
  • How to Buy PlayHaven Farm LLC's Meat Birds
  • Pastured Poultry
  • Coops
  • Breeds - Triple Purpose
  • Food (Feed)

TURKEYS

  • Pastured Turkeys
  • Eating Our First Turkey (Apr 2015)
  • Turkeys Like to Be UP (Apr 2015)
  • A Nest for the Turkey (Apr 2015)
  • The First Turkey Eggs (Apr 2015)
  • Starting A Turkey Flock (Apr 2015)
  • Blue Becomes a Momma (Jul 2015)
  • Poults First 'Walk-About' (Jul 2015)
  • Poults Roosting (Jul 2015)
  • More Fun with Turkeys (Jul 2015)
  • Videos (Jul 2015)
  • All Grown Up and Walk-About Pictures (Sep 2015)
  • A Really Tough Decision (Oct 2015)
  • The Last Update (Jan 2015)

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE

SUSTAINABLE LIVING : 2008 thru 2015

  • Bed, Natural King-size (May 2012)
  • Broadband Service, also known as ‘Internet Access’ (Jul 2008, Oct 2011,
    Sep 2013)
  • Eco-friendly Cookware (Dec 2008, May 2011)
  • Heater Ceiling Fan (December 2010)
  • Lighting (Jul 2008, Feb 2012)
  • Recycling and Repurposing (Jun 2012)
  • Seasonal Decorating (Dec 2008, Oct 2012)
  • Television, Flat Screen, LCD HDTV (Dec 2009)
  • Vehicle, Dodge Grand Caravan SE with FlexFuel (Aug 2009)
  • Water Conserving and Energy Efficient Washer and Dryer (Sep 2008)
  • Yard Equipment: Trimmer/Edger, Ratchet Pruners, Electric Mower (Sep 2010, Feb 2012, May 2013)

 



NEW CONSTRUCTION OF RESIDENTIAL BUILDING
This is delayed for the foreseeable future.


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