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 >

Baby Goats, Tree Love, and More: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, with another communiqué from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, Rutledge, MO. Right now, having been awake four hours, I sit in my humble home of earth and straw, appreciative of the westerly breeze ventilating across me, sweeping the last vestiges of winter stank from my dwelling, quite pleased now that the goats are on fresh pasture, and that approximately three quarters of the one-hundred-ten odd trees I’m planting this spring at the Critter Chicken Ranch are in the ground and still alive. Though the burr oaks may not bear a mast within my short time here on Earth,…read more >
Making a Better Pie: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Making a Better Pie: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, among the rolling hills of Northeast Missouri, where Spring sprang official. I’m here somewhere between the freak flurries of pebbly sleet and the slow unfolding blossoms of plum. You know what they say about the weather here in our neck of the woods? If ya don’t like it, wait five minutes. Assuredly, that country witticism originates here and nowhere else. Come late March we here in the Midwest are walking a razor edge, weather-wise, as our tree friends begin to break dormancy, exposing their fragile reproductive systems to the onslaught of forty-mile-an-hour winds and early morning…read more >

A Promise Held: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Howdy y’all. Ben here, filing another report from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in beautiful Northeast Missouri, on a late February day that’s feeling more like late March. The hay-poor goat farmer part of me eagerly anticipates an early green up of the pastures, as does the gardener part of me. The part of me concerned with climate instability, as well as the tick magnet part of me, hopes for at least a couple more good, hard freeze weeks, though being witness to the burgeoning spring here on the gentle sloping prairie savannah is always thrilling to me. A mile above, great…read more >