Modern winemaking has brought many apparent improvements to wine. In the past, while developing a reputation, California tried to emulate French winemaking, which was based largely on time-honored winemaking traditions. But California became a frontier for modern winemaking techniques, and at some point ventured out on its own. Now many wineries worldwide, French wineries included, are adopting modern methods to produce wines different from those of the past, with a taste that many consumers have now come to view as superior. Wine preferences are influenced by many things, and many still debate whether modern wines are superior or whether the…read more >
Funding and designing the new common house have been the biggest things affecting the most members lately. It takes a diverse palette of talents and energy to make a building happen, and even more so in a consensus-based non-profit environment.
As our village grows there are more opportunities for all of you out there to learn from us and at the same time find out more about our ecovillage. Attend workshops on natural building, dance, food preservation, and sustainable culture leadership, and see first hand how we are creating a model for a more sustainable world. Our workshops are organized by different people at DR, so you'll have to contact the organizers to find out more about registration, accommodations, and details about the workshops themselves. See the links below for each workshop category. Hope to see you at Dancing Rabbit this season! Natural Building…read more >
I've been wanting to do an article about the many different lifestyle and infrastructure changes we as individuals have made at DR to reduce our impact on the planet. Fortunately, the Milkweeds wrote just such an article for their blog, Ecovillage Musings. Like they say in their post, outside of the 6 covenants we live by here at DR, everyone chooses how far they will go to shrink their footprint. This is their story, and if I can convince some others to talk about their lives, I will post more stories here. If you want to find out a little about how Thomas lives,…read more >
Hi everyone. This is Alline filling in for Jordan, who had to go California unexpectedly (hi Jordan! We miss you!). OK. Here is your hypothetical/imaginary assignment for today. You are asked to design a new community building for your neighborhood. You’ll be working with the 50 neighbors who live closest to you. Oh, heck. For this exercise I’ll even let you choose people that you actually like. You and these 50 people share core values but have very different opinions about how things should be done. Now – Your first step is to agree on what features the building will…read more >
Greetings gentle readers, and welcome back to October! It's hard to grasp that sunny days in the upper 50s and night time lows above freezing have anything at all to do with January. Cob here, not really complaining about the weather, but feeling unsure about what it will mean for the maple sugaring season! Maple sugaring here in NEMO is a bit different from what I experienced in Upstate New York. NY always experienced a deep freeze from mid-December through late-February, and when the weather broke the sap would flow heavily for a solid 2-3 weeks before the trees broke…read more >
Happy Boxing Day to all you email subscribers out there from Ted here at Dancing Rabbit! We've had a good week here, including everything from a dance party at La Casa, to a Solstice gathering at the Common House, to a Christmas Eve gathering with mulled cider, cookies and games hosted by Kurt and Alline at the Milkweed Mercantile. Now moving on toward the new year with expectation of another celebration at the end of the week, we seem to be taking a collective break from the intensity one often experiences here. On the 25th we took advantage of the…read more >