Chores and Chiggers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Chores and Chiggers: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Hot darn y'all. It's me, Ben. I am not an astronomer, nor an astrologer, but I do in fact live in the dirt, like 80 percent of the world does, and I do declare that writing this inspirational tome, under a newish moon, in late May, in northeast Missouri, of temperate North America, is something of a chore. It is nothing I’m not used to; I do a lot of chores around here, some of which I actually enjoy when the weather cooperates. As of late, our quaint eco-burg has been affected by a climate pattern I like to call…read more >
Help Us Build it to Last

Help Us Build it to Last

There's baby chickens in my house and the sun ain't up yet. Just so you know where I'm coming from. Howdy y'all. My name is Ben, and I'm some type of goatherd here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, of rural northeast Missouri. I'm not any sort of expert on much, which is why I refrain from offering advice to anyone on any subject, but I'm pretty good at knowing when something is sorta messed up. I've been instructed by my editors to not focus on the negative in this promotional article for our Timber Frame Workshop, and much to their chagrin,…read more >
Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nine New Kids! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, once again sending in a report from our quaint little ecovillage, where the soil conditions are soup-tastic. After experiencing five or six different types of precipitant over the past week, the ground has taken on a texture similar to a lot of the food I get at potluck here. Similar mouth feel, less tasty though, and arguably less nutritious; though I have been putting a fair bit of work in over these past years to raise the nutrient profile of our soils. Not unlike my two year old, our land is experiencing a condition known as…read more >
Walking Around in the Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Walking Around in the Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, with yet another field report, churned out between the sundry tasks on my list. Where did I put that list anyway? Finding it is probably going to involve a walk in the cold somewhere. That’s my thing that I do in winter. I walk around in the cold. I slept in two pairs of pants last night. That’s four pants total, I believe. It happened on accident. I usually try for only one pair of pants when sleeping. That’s two pants, total, if you’re keeping count. Like I said, I walk around in the cold a…read more >
Claustrophobic Coziness: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Claustrophobic Coziness: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Oh hey y’all. It’s me, Ben, taking time out of the limited daylight hours to give a little update on life here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I’ll do my best and make it briefer than usual, for in these short days of waning light, there is much to be done before the sun turns the corner and disappears for fifteen hours. It has been awful dry lately, to the point where I almost miss the sensation of having my muck boots suctioned off my feet in the mud. The relatively mild, okay, freakishly mild weather has given me opportunity to…read more >
Has To Taste Like Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Has To Taste Like Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all.  Ben here, just in from the cool, slimy drizzle currently permeating our atmosphere here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. After a long week of summery weather, a cold front has finally pushed aside the warmth and sun I’ve become accustomed to, and replaced it with precipitation and a more Octoberly type of cold. I am hesitant to ever describe the weather as beautiful, which so many other folks often do. I’ve always felt like the weather is just the weather, and that all variations have their benefits as well as drawbacks for us humans. But folks wanna talk about…read more >
An Intentional Thicket: A Dancing Rabbit Update

An Intentional Thicket: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. It’s me, Ben, writing to you from amidst the evening cricketsong here in the rolling hills and brambly hollers of Dancing Rabbit, Northeast Missouri. I don’t usually write at night, because I’m asleep then, but as the days shorten and I struggle to keep up with the demands of my so-called “simple life”, I am without the daylight hours to spend on writing these communiqués to you, dear reader. As I age, somewhat gracelessly, I’ve become a lousy night owl. I cannot see very well in the dark, which can be difficult at times in our rustic ecovillage…read more >
Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Ben Sez: It’s Hot! A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, bringing the latest happenings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, nestled in the humid rolling hills of northeast Missouri. I don’t know if you can smell me from wherever you are, but I can. Right now, I’m getting notes of billy goat, swine excreta, sprouted oats, pencil lead, and beer sweat. I always smell like pencil lead. If you’ve read more than a couple of these ecovillage updates, I’m truly sorry about the constant obsession with the weather. It’s very relevant here. And actually, I’m not sorry. To make an understatement, it is hot and humid, as it…read more >