The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The Secret Is in the Crust: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Gentle Readers, it is my glad duty to report on recent (and some near-future) happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Cob here, musing on my personal relationship with the weather. I'm feeling a heightened blend of anxiety and gleeful anticipation for the ice storm, which as I write is encroaching on northeast Missouri. Anxiety because much of my weekly work and responsibilities are computer-based, mixed with a child-like anticipation of widespread and long-lasting power outages, as such things usually result in an unexpected break from responsibility, school, work, and so on. So much of nature's beauty is shared with the awesome…read more >
State of the Village 2016

State of the Village 2016

by sambucus holleraway* [Editor's Note: Most years the Village's Oversight Team offers an in-person State of the Village report to Rabbits, and this year they presented it at the annual on-farm meeting of our Board of Directors. They very kindly agreed to write up the following to share the info with you, our readers, as well...] Dancing Rabbit's human population is around 36 adults and nine children. These numbers are down from previous years, but that's just how this roller-coaster rolls.We are so glad for the many new folks who arrived in 2016 to help us build our dream! In…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 >
Traditions Old and New (plus Jingles!): A Dancing Rabbit Update

Traditions Old and New (plus Jingles!): A Dancing Rabbit Update

 It was Sharon’s fault, really, the jingle-based song circle we had last Wednesday night. We didn’t sing catchy old commercial tunes the entire time, thankfully, just the first 20 minutes or so, by which time Aurelia was practically begging us to stop. [See further in the piece for more juicy details, but please note that the author cannot be held responsible for any earworms you may experience…] Tereza here, with a turning-of-the-year weekly update from Dancing Rabbit. I guess it makes sense to start with the most momentous event of the week. Yes, it’s true, I refilled wood for my…read more >
Connection and Cookies: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Connection and Cookies: A Dancing Rabbit Update

We're in a bit of a brief thaw here this week in northeast Missouri, between a polar vortex episode and the return of colder temperatures. Ted here to bring you the latest from our fair village. I read this week a couple articles online about theories being advanced as to why the Arctic keeps experiencing temperatures significantly above normal, even as we in temperate latitudes experience significant cold events that belie the bigger trend. Overall, the global norm continues to ride increasingly above normal, but the lack of sea ice formation in the far north this time of year is…read more >
Boisterous, Joyous, and Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Boisterous, Joyous, and Cold: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Merry (forthcoming) Christmas and Happy Holidays from Lucas, at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage!! I'm pleased to be back writing to each and every one of you after an exceptionally busy warm season, a season I now find myself missing (and anticipating) as I look outside and shiver. This cold is for the birds. Penguins, specifically. Every fall I find myself anticipating a break over the cold months that never quite seems to manifest—much like the busy lifestyle I had prior to joining this community. However, I also find my attitude towards it quite different than before; I feel more positive about…read more >
Making Room: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Making Room: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The season of snow, bitter winds, and warm crackling fires is well and truly upon us. The gardens are finally dormant, seed catalogs are piling up, and holiday decorations are coming out along with the wafting scents of baking cookies. I love the Christmas holiday! Cob here, with my musings this week from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. It's been a fairly quiet week overall, with people traveling to visit with far away family. Folks who were participating in or standing witness for the #NODAPL and Mississippi Stand protests are back home, safe and sound. Birthdays and associated cakes have been appreciated…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 >