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 >
Stories That Carry Us: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Stories That Carry Us: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Is it already Thanksgiving? It is. Stephen here, in this fourth week of November, two-thousand and sixteen, anno Domini (in the year of our Lord)—as history is written. The last column was posted a lifetime ago. On November 7th, Ted talked about Halloween, bobbing for turnips, the Day of the Dead, Before the Flood, and the upcoming vote. The weather was hot—shorts, t-shirts, swimming in the pond even—and now the tomatoes are finally frozen. Last night I even covered our kale with a bedsheet. Soon I will open up my box of winter clothes and start wearing long underwear, though in…read more >
Veterans Day: A Rabbit’s Personal Perspective

Veterans Day: A Rabbit’s Personal Perspective

Dear Readers, My name is Lucas. I am a veteran, and the newest member (after a two-year residency) here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. I am writing today in remembrance of Veterans Day, and as a personal act of service to my community and my country. It is my hope that you’ll read this, and pass it along to others to read as well. I’ve often found that listing some of my personal experience tends to open ears that would otherwise stay closed, so first, a quick introduction: I served four years in the Marine Corps as a Military Policeman, the…read more >
Bobbing for Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Bobbing for Turnips: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Top news of the week: bobbing for turnips is just about as fun as bobbing for apples. Ted here with this week's update from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. If you're thinking I just wrote the other week, well, it's true: we're on a short rotation at the moment, working on recruiting new contributors to our weekly update, so you can get the full spectrum of viewpoints from the village. There were also hedge balls floating in the tub, as I approached it during the party out at Critter kitchen, but I've seen those when they're bruised— milky sap. It would take…read more >
Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Finding Calm in the Eye of the Storm: A Dancing Rabbit Update

By the time you read this it will likely be November, with less than a week remaining until Election Day, and the weather forecast suggests that I'll be out in my garden still harvesting tomatoes, brassicas, hot peppers, and green beans, in my summer togs no less. Cob here, trying to remain calm and focus on the continuing stream of fresh vegetables, rather than the ever increasing number of above average temperature days here in Missouri. Sure we've had a couple light frosts, but nothing cold enough to actually end the growing season, or require much in the way of…read more >
Winding Down the Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Winding Down the Season: A Dancing Rabbit Update

The last tours took place on Sunday, and the last visitors left on Monday. At Dancing Rabbit, it’s a season of winding down, but not one of giving up. Christina here, bringing news of good questions, swapped clothes, tomato sauce, and new possibilities. One of my favorite parts of the visitor sessions is answering questions. Yes, I like to feel useful and help people get the information that they need, but I really love questions that help me clarify my own views on tricky topics. At last week’s visitor Q and A, there were two questions that stuck with me. One, about areas…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 >
Autumn is Here: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Autumn is Here: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Forty-two degrees as a low the other night brought me clearly to awareness, and even an embrace of, autumn. I must admit I'm not ready for a frost yet, but we have had them as early as Sept. 15 in my years here, so all of this time—still-ripening tomatoes and peppers and having our paths lined with flowers and jumping in the pond after ultimate—all of this is bonus. And maybe a little compensation for the brutal June weather that delayed things in our garden. Ted here, writing for the first time since I lost my Dad. I was there…read more >