Leading Pigs with Marshmallows: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Leading Pigs with Marshmallows: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, finally upland of the soggy pig waller I’ve been slogging about in for the last week. One week and about a dozen neighbors, plus some sheet metal and some marshmallows, is all it took for me to get our sow loaded onto the trailer, but as the old joke goes, “What’s time to a pig?” In fact, one week ago, I thought I had this pig in the bag, but it turns out that as a sow grows, she typically becomes more ornery, more wizened. That’s true of some of my human friends, too. In the…read more >
Nevermind the Groundhog: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Nevermind the Groundhog: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, where I’m currently doing my best to stay ahead of the changes in the weather. Folks who’ve read this column for years certainly know by now that we Rabbits, like most rural folk, have a preoccupation with the weather. After all, it dictates a lot of our choices, habits, and has a relative impact on what foods are available, what roads and trails are generally accessible, and in my case, how ornery the animals are. We’ve been in an unsettling warm dry trend for this time of year. Today carries some chance…read more >
Morphing into Squishes: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Morphing into Squishes: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here at Dancing Rabbit, just waiting on a thaw. While this hasn’t yet been the coldest winter I’ve experienced in Northeast Missouri, it is fairly unpleasant to go about my daily necessities at times, between keeping the stock and ourselves fed and watered, and my daily visit to the draftiest functioning outhouse on farm. Without reliable, temperature-controlled, below-grade water storage, I must frequently shuttle water from the county spigot in five-gallon buckets across a landscape I like to refer to as Tundra Lite. The grasses and forbs have gone into a state of true dormancy, whereas even…read more >
Mostly a Fun Mess: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Mostly a Fun Mess: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, shivering at you from the cold, fog-enshrouded rolling hills of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in beautiful Northeast Missouri. Technically speaking it isn’t winter, but as far as most of us are concerned, it sure feels like it. The past few mornings I have begun the day with the perennial tradition of punching through the livestock water. By the end of this week I expect that my clenched fist may come bouncing back at me, at which point I’ll need to wake up an extra half-hour or so earlier so that I can cover the cooktop of our…read more >
Let’s All Eat Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Let’s All Eat Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy again, y’all. Ben here, bringing you an update from the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri. The weather is transitioning here, but I’m not ultimately sure towards what. Within a week we’ve had patchy frost of the sort that makes the sweet potato greens die back, and a few days that’ve been hot enough to send some of us for a mid-October pond dip. I’ve seen geese headed both ways, and similarly, I’ve been caught somewhere half between my shorts and my coveralls. A strangely summery breeze blows through my open windows and creaking door tonight, the whine of windmills…read more >

Of Mushrooms & Matriarchs: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y'all. Ben here, with another brief report of events and happenings here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, in Rutledge, MO. Actually, there aren't a lot of human centered events or happenings here at the moment, which I am totally fine with. Our quaint little ecological community is experiencing a brief lull in population, as a trainload of folks have taken off for Danielle and Hassan's commitment ceremony, out at Hummingbird in New Mexico. While I expect the many folks who've taken the few days away from DR to celebrate the conjoined lives of our friends way out there in the…read more >
Heatwave, Visitors, and a Sad Farewell: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Heatwave, Visitors, and a Sad Farewell: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy. Ben here, bringing y’all news from the stormswept prairies, soggy draws, and humid homes of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It certainly has been an eventful week here, though to be honest I haven’t had an uneventful one yet in my four years of time on farm. I’ll just stick with the formula y’all have come to expect and give you the weather report first. We’ve spent the past week enduring a nasty heat wave here, with temps pushing towards a hundred degrees Fahrenheit, intense humidity, and still, stale, boggy air. The top eight inches or so of our swimming pond…read more >

Natural Cycles of Change
: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, spending more of my waking time in the house than feels reasonable on a beautiful June day, amidst the thick oak canopies and breast-high stands of parsnip and bergamot of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I feel like there’s a good three or four months in our current climate when a person can essentially remain outside twenty-four hours a day, with the proper hat at least. There’s a west breeze picking up, and the fat yet delicate leaves of rhubarb tell me things are becoming droughty. Hopefully this is just a minor dry spell, and not the heralding…read more >