Co-ops at Dancing Rabbit
We have quite a few co-ops here at DR. Co-ops help us meet our personal needs in a more efficient way because of the “economy of scale” we can achieve through co-operation and because sharing cuts down on the resources required to meet each person’s needs. Read below to find out about some of Dancing Rabbit’s co-ops.
Dancing Rabbit Land Trust owns DR’s land. Therefore members pay lease fees for the warren (lot) where their house is and for garden spaces. This is based on the size of the warren and how the land is used. We also pay to park cars in the parking lot for more than a week.
Cattail Co-op is an umbrella co-op and is the billing entity for 6 other co-ops:
- VCC (Village Commons Co-op)
- All members and residents are part of the VCC. The VCC exists to bill village residents for services that benefit everyone generally and which are hard to split out by person: village governance, recycling costs, path maintenance, access to the common house, fence maintenance, and so forth.
- Water Co-op
- Again all members and residents are part of this co-op.
- Humey Co-op
- Co-op rates for humey depend on a person’s use of the Common House poopers, humey bins, and sawdust. Some people have their own composting toilets and are not part of this co-op.
- Shower Co-op
- This is a co-op for those who do not have their own showers and use either the Common House showers or the outdoor solar showers.
- Digital Coyote
- If someone wants to use the Common House internet or the Common House computer, they sign up for this co-op.
- Howling Coyote
- This is the phone co-op in the Common House. This allows a person access to a phone and message system (phone calls are made with a phone card).
- CASA Co-op
- People who want to use La Casa more regularly or sponsor events there join this co-op.
Currently full use of Cattail co-ops costs the same as 1.5 hours of work a week at the standard wage.
DRVC is our car-sharing co-op. Costs of trips are based on the miles driven, so the more people sharing a trip, the less cost per person.
BEDR (pronounced like “better”) runs a power co-op internal to DR that provides electricity to any homes or businesses that wish to connect to its network. There is a monthly fee ($8-10) and a charge per kWh hour used ($0.35/kWh), as well as an initial connection fee.
BEDR has 25 kW of solar panels connected to the local utility grid. Our covenants allow for net-metering of renewable energy as long as we export twice as much as we import. BEDR handles all aspects of this net metering relationship.
BEDR should prove more affordable for most people desiring electricity at DR, but people are always welcome to be electric free or set up their own off-grid system if they prefer.
The Outdoor kitchen is another eating co-op that is available during the warmer months.
Other members have created their own smaller eating co-ops. Bobolink is a smaller vegan food co-op which costs the same as Sunflower.
Dancing Rabbit Mutual Insurance Association (DRMIA) is open for folks to apply. You pay a fee quarterly that ranges from $150 to $300 per quarter (sliding scale based on a super complicated system of assessing income/assets). Care is only covered if practitioner is licensed. It takes two years to fully vest in DRMIA, meaning that a claim won’t be paid in full until someone has been paying into our system for two years.