Welcome

CONCERNING COVID-19:

As a farm, we are able to continue working and selling product. You are welcome to come to the farm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (AS USUAL) to pick up your food. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can have it ready for you. I do accept checks or cash. We work from home and therefore our exposure to the outside world is minimal. I will still wear mask and gloves to pack your order and have it waiting for you (at a distance) in a cooler and ready for you to put in your cooler.

Please stay healthy, don't panic, and use precautions when you must be in public. Covid-19 is real and the best thing we can do is to #flattenthecurve! Social distancing works. Buying out everything in sight doesn't help. Get what you need for a 2-week period (to minimize your trips to the grocery store) and leave enough for everyone else to do the same.

  • Wash your hands! Who else thinks we shouldn't have to tell people it is important to practice COMMON hygiene?
  • Cover your expulsions (breathing, talking, sneezes, coughs -- even if they are from "only allergies") by wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while in public.
  • Use 60% alcholol wipes before you touch an unknown surface and wipe down anything you will touch that has touched an unknown surface.

This isn't rocket science, folks; but it IS science and therefore, tested and proven to be effective.

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 so graciously work with us; and to learn how to become a part of the project. Monetary Donations are also 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. :)

Introductions, Please

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 sustainable farmer", which means I use practices that mimic nature as much as possible, leave the land better off than I found it, and if you need more information about it... http://sustainableagriculture.net/about-us/what-is-sustainable-ag/. I 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. With no degrees or other "status" in the field, I surprise people with the amount of knowledge I have in the sustainable building arena. Over the years, I have met and learned from a tremendous group of individuals. So if you have questions about Sustainable Building that I haven't covered here or that I can't answer, once again I know who to contact that CAN answer them!

The Artist

As the Artist; I have expanded on my chosen career. 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's Annual Newsletter and Email Crop Notifications

You will need to contact me so I can put you on the books to get the 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?)

The New Customer Packet is available in PDF here.

I do not ship food or plants. Make an appointment to come to the farm to purchase your food OR talk to me about delivering it to you at NO EXTRA CHARGE when you purchase $50.00 worth or more. I can only sell/deliver in Western Missouri, so if you live in Kansas... we’ll have to discuss finding a place in Missouri for that.

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!

We were able to do a project in 2017 and two (2) projects in 2018! Join me in believing 2020 will provide abundant money and time to do more on the Greenovation, won't you?

The north porch was finally replaced and you can see images and read all about it here.

The house has new siding and has been painted, check out this page with photos and all.

The garage has french drains on the east and west sides that drain to daylight (near the closest stock pond). Photos and descriptions available here.

Check back on the Project List page for the other projects (coming soon, I hope).

Sponsors

Details about becoming a Sponsor are found here. And/OR if you find value in the website and just want to help out, your Monetary Donation is much appreciated!


StatusReport

July 20, 2020

I can't believe we are back to square one in the U.S.A. when it comes to covid-19. Why are there so many people who don't care about how what they do affects others?

So - here is your reminder that as a farm, we are able to continue working and selling product. You are welcome to come to the farm BY APPOINTMENT ONLY (AS USUAL) to pick up your food. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can have it ready for you. I do accept checks or cash. We work from home and therefore our exposure to the outside world is minimal. I will still wear mask and gloves to pack your order and have it waiting for you (at a distance) in a cooler and ready for you to put in your cooler.

  • Please stay healthy, don't panic, and use precautions when you must be in public. Covid-19 is real and the best thing we can do is to #flattenthecurve! Social distancing works. Buying out everything in sight doesn't help. Get what you need for a 2-week period (to minimize your trips to the grocery store) and leave enough for everyone else to do the same.
  • Wash your hands! Who else thinks we shouldn't have to tell people it is important to practice COMMON hygiene?
  • Cover your expulsions (breathing, talking, sneezes, coughs -- even if they are from "only allergies") by wearing a mask over your nose and mouth while in public.
  • Use 60% alcholol wipes before you touch an unknown surface and wipe down anything you will touch that has touched an unknown surface.
  • This isn't rocket science, folks; but it IS science and therefore, tested and proven to be effective.

SOAP BOX SERMON

There is so much unpleasantness going on around the world these days, why haven't people learned to be kind to one another? My intention for 2020 is KINDNESS, JOY, and GRATITUDE. So I'll be doing everything I can to spread those around.

And, in case I haven't been clear; we are liberal environmentalists. We think that EVERY THING is interconnected and what is done to ANYONE or ANYTHING ELSE affects EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. For those who believe in "God, Our Father", this should be obvious since God is IN EVERYTHING because God IS EVERYWHERE. Which is where the "what you do to the least of my brothers and sisters, you do unto me" comes in to play. Every religion has their version of the Golden Rule which is: treat others as you want to be treated.

Science is Real. Water is Life. Black Lives Matter. Women's Rights are Human Rights. Evil triumphs when good people do nothing. Love is Love is Love is Love.

"Superiority" and "Race" are constructs created to justify treating others badly. They are not real. We are all unique and still we all have SO MUCH IN COMMON. Stop, just stop, being hateful. Be Unconditional Love.

BERRIES AND FRUIT

Like the rest of 2020, things have been a roller-coaster as far as berries and fruit.

The crop of strawberries was super in spite of transplanting and I have LOTS of frozen strawberries available. Pricing on the berries page here.

The elderberry canes REALLY came back strong after the winter pruning and, even after harvesting some of the flowers, there will be SO MANY elderberries later in the month! If you want me to notifiy you when they are ready to harvest, use the contact page to email me. Contact information is located here.

The aronia berries are looking good. Probably not as big a crop as most years, since I did cut the bigger bushes back substantially. But there WILL be berries. If you want me to notifiy you when they are ready to harvest, use the contact page to email me. Contact information is located here.

Unfortunately, the Japanese Beetles arrived en masse in June and while it's not a problem for this farm (because I leave nature to manage itself by encouraging beneficial/predator insects to balance out infestations of problematic insects) it was a problem for the farms around us who have mono-culture row-crops. They have hired crop dusters to spray their fields with insecticides. This, of course, is their right to do so. And that is the reason this farm is listed in DriftWatch which is supposed to show crop dusters where they need to avoid spraying so as not to impact OTHER fields/farms who DO NOT want their land sprayed.

As a result of a crop duster spraying a field across the road to the northeast while there was a 3-5 mph wind FROM the northeast, at least 3 acres of our farm has been sprayed with insecticide. We contacted the company doing the dusting to find out WHAT was sprayed and to ask them to spray early in the day near to us so the bees won't be out and about in the fields. (We assume we lost a substantial number of honeybees due to the time of day --11:30 am-- the field was sprayed.) And in the process have become the subject of aerial harrassment. The apiary and the house have been buzzed multiple times and we have contacted our attorney about Air Space Trespassing pursuit.

Because of that crop duster, I cannot sell the remaining crops as "untreated". Luckily, I was not intending to sell this first year of apples (we actually HAVE a bunch). Also, the insecticide they used IS rated for food products (for whatever that is worth).

And now the bad news about the blackberries... while they appear to NOT have been treated by the insecticide, I know this because they appear to be the ONLY food source left for the remaining Japanese Beetles. What I took, at first glance, to be big, plump blackberries turned out to be swarms of Japanese Beetles feeding on the berries. So -- there is NO BLACKBERRY CROP this year.

The Paw Paws, on the other hand, because of their thick skin, should NOT be affected by the insecticide. As always, they should be washed thoroughly before being cut into. (By the way, there is still frozen pawpaw pulp for sale from 2019! Pricing on the berries page here.) If you want me to notifiy you when they are ready to harvest, use the contact page to email me. Contact information is located here.

HONEY

The hubby spent this last weekend extracting honey from several of our supers. There are more to do next weekend, but the good news is that THERE WILL BE RAW HONEY FOR SALE IN 2020!

I have ordered packaging now and had to make some changes due to limited availability. We will have 12 oz. BPA-free squeeze bottles, 1-pound and 2-pound glass jars. The shape of the jars is a bit different, but it is the content that counts! It may take a bit longer than usual to get the order (what with the pandemic and all) -- so if you want me to let you know when it is ready, just contact me.

I also have Crystallized Raw Honey for sale in 1-pound and 2-pound glass jars. (I personally find the crystallized honey easier to work with.)

There will also be beeswax this year! I have two (2) choices for cosmetic grade beeswax: 1-ounce ingots and 1-pound blocks.

All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.

GRASS-FED AND FINISHED BEEF FROM 2019 - GOING, GOING...

This is the last of our local, grass-fed AND finished beef and when it's gone, it's gone. It is all cryo-vac sealed and will easily be just like fresh for another 2 years (at least) in a good freezer! I have put a list of what is available and for what price on the Grass-fed and Finished Beef For Sale page.

Repeat customers get special pricing, so contact me for that information if you have purchased our beef before.

Contact me to place an order and schedule your appointment to pick it up at the farm. I DO text now, so use the phone number found on the Contact page to call or text me or send me an email at the address provided.

GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS

Gratefully, the pandemic has not stopped our ability to keep working on the house.

  • We have replaced the ceiling on the north porch and have just a few last things to do there.
  • The company that put our roof on was available between other jobs to come out and fix/repair the fascia and soffits (among other things) that are just regular maintenance stuff.
  • The hubby and I (with some help from the guys doing those other repairs) have replaced the french patio doors to the south porch.
  • The company that sided and painted the house in 2018 will be coming out in September to paint the exterior trim and the north and south siding to match the "Svelte Sage" in addition to painting the ceiling of the south porch and the railing/skirt of the south porch.
  • Also, I'm looking at gutter companies to come out after the painting is done to put gutters on the north and south porches.

In the meantime, INSIDE I am removing moulding in the living room and learning to repair drywall in anticipation of painting the living room ceiling, walls, trim. Then comes updating the kitchen and the upstairs bathroom. And whatever else I notice. Busy, busy, busy.

COMMISSIONED ARTWORK

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