For those people concerned about COVID and other viruses:
We are fully vaccinated AND continue to wear our masks in public, social distance,
hand sanitize, etc. so we do not spread disease. I ask everyone to make an appointment to come to the farm. When you schedule your visit, it will help if you know what you want so I can be ready for you.
I continue to offer curbside service for anyone that requests it.
I reserve the right to limit quantities per order.
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 because it should be very easy to navigate the website). The text links at the top left of the page are quick links to primary pages:
- Status Report : Date is where you find out if anything has been added since your last visit -- the 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.
- 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 is where 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 text links, 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 small-scale, 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 after spending the previous 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.
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 credentials 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.
As the Artist; I have expanded on my originally 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 my design 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 enjoy working in graphite. I have quality prints available for purchase in limited editions (from Merchandise). 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/Building 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 Annual Newsletter, notification of when your crop is ready to be harvested, 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 your purchases equal $50.00 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 SEASONAL. Everything has to ripen to the point you can eat it, 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!
Once we decided to eliminate livestock (aside from the honeybees) from the farm, we discovered we have more TIME to accomplish other things and more MONEY to do so as well. 2020 was horrible in many ways, but we are grateful that the hubby can work his day job from home and people are more interested in getting their food from people/farmers they know.
Since 2020, our house greenovation was focused on maintenance, repairs and finishing previous projects. The best way to see the multiple things we've been able to accomplish is via the Project List page.
May 1, 2023
Happy May Day! Blessed Beltaine! Spring has finally arrived.
COVID UPDATE (I'm just as tired as everyone else about this -- which is why I keep talking about it.)
Well, it was bound to happen... after avoiding covid for three years, it has entered our household. The hubby got back from a business trip on Friday night and tested positive today. So, we are isolating both from the world and from each other (hoping I don't get it, please please please) for the next week... or more if I catch it from him. Once we are covid-free, we will reinstate farm sales (by appointment as always)... I'll let you know when I know.
The exchange of goods for payment at a distance has been working very well and I see no reason to stop offering that option to everyone... just ask for 'curbside service' when you contact me. I will continue to practice social distancing around everyone outside and ask you to wear a mask inside our house (for example, if you are taking a tour of the Green Building Project).
2022 was what I would call 'back to business as usual' in that we only extracted once in the late Fall with the bees providing a lovely harvest (beyond their own stock). The honey is a deep amber, flavorful, and a nice thick consistency. I was able to acquire enough glass containers so you won't have to choose between glass or plastic this year. (I have filled a few 12 oz squeeze bottles and I have extra empty 12 oz sqeeze bottles if you like to put your honey into that kind of container.)
PLUS, I am surprised to be able to tell you that there is a small quantity of “21 SELECT” honey available. This exquisite product from 2021 is of such high quality/flavor, you pay a premium for it (truly, I’d just as soon hide it away for my private use, but that seems petty and ungenerous).
All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there. Raw Honey is available here at the farm (or for delivery under the restrictions described, but not shipped).
I'm continuing to offer business-to-business (B2B) pricing for honey (and beeswax). So long as another business wants to use my honey in their value-added products, I am happy to negotiate a price that is lower than retail (whether what they want is already bottled or they have their own container). However, I do NOT sell wholesale/commercial honey. What's the difference, you ask? It is when someone wants to purchase my honey cheap in large quantities and sell it as their own at the same (or higher) price. That might make sense for them, but no sense at all for me. I'd rather end up with excess honey that I can donate to food pantries than create a competitor for selling my product FROM my product.
We have an abundance of beeswax! Because the hubby has learned some techniques to increase the spacing in the supers, we are ending up with plenty of beeswax. Also, our wax is primarily being melted and filtered using SOLAR ENERGY. The hubby has created the PERFECT solar 'oven' using sheets of insulation combined with a repurposed double-glazed window pane that he can adjust so that the inside temp on sunny days is perfect for melting the wax through the filter. Isn’t that wonderful! Cosmetic grade beeswax is available in 1-ounce ingots, 1-pound blocks or in chunks at a weight of your choosing. (Again, I do NOT sell wholesale/commercial beeswax. I do sell beeswax under the B2B model described above.) Contact me for more info on this.
All the info about pricing etc. is on the page devoted to honey and honey-products, click here to go there.
BERRIES, FRUIT, ETC.
Last year was a great growing season for our berries and rhubarb, etc. Crossing my fingers and toes that we DON'T have late freezes that keep us from having apples. As always, if you haven't already told me about a crop that you want notification of when they are ready to be harvested, please contact me!
PROJECTS AND/OR CHANGES THAT FELL THROUGH THE CRACKS
It was a BIG surprise when I checked the website for when I last updated it. How could I have neglected it for an entire year? Well, I'll tell you because I've figured it out. After my Mom died in August 2021, she left us a little money and it was enough for the hubby and I to take an extended vacation to Scotland in August/September 2022. Starting in January of 2022 (once we knew that travel possible again), my focus was on planning and executing that vacation. You might say I had tunnel vision. The neglect to update you about what has happened on the farm was the sacrifice I needed to make to see a bucket list item come to pass. Yes, we made it to Scotland. Yes, it was a FABULOUS TRIP. Yes, I wish we could have stayed there and I am working to get back there.
Which is not to say that we did nothing on the farm in 2022 and I am able to focus on the website about the farm once again and am resolved to catch you up on everything that I have overlooked (including things before 2022). The list with links to each is as follows:
GREEN BUILDING PROJECTS
I have nothing new on the horizon in 2023 for the Green Building Project portion of this adventure (beyond basic maintence, some interior painting... things like that). Crossing my fingers and toes that we DON'T have any problems (either foreseen or unforeseen).
Get a limited edition print or a bit of 'bling' for yourself or as a gift for someone else. Check out the other things for sale from the farm.
You can see examples here. Please contact me to schedule a commission.
SOAP BOX SERMON
I've decided to leave my "Soap Box Sermon" in place here. The more we say the words and feel the feelings, the stronger the actions of Kindness, Gratitude and Joy become.
My intention for 2023 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 EVERYTHING 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. And that is true for non-religious people as well.
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.