Keeping livestock for a more sustainable food system

Dancing Rabbit recently took 19 acres of our land out of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a government program that pays us to maintain potential agricultural land as wildlife habitat.  Though this program has helped us pay the mortgage on our land, most of the land we could potentially use for ag projects has been under CRP contract and has not been available for use by members without the payment of a significant penalty.  The recent opening up of land has spurred interest in new agricultural projects and has begun a community process of forming new agricultural policies around how…read more >

A Bowl Full of Cherries

Greetings gentle readers, this is Cob reporting on the latest and greatest happenings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and our little houses on the prairie. For those of you outside of northeastern Missouri, the unseasonably warm spring has given way to cooler temperatures and welcome rain, rejuvenating all the weeds and grasses that seek to take over our gardens or any other bare patch of ground. I know that my transplants and direct-sown vegetables are in there somewhere, but I sometimes have trouble finding them. I often wonder why we go to the trouble of growing such fussy plants, when weeds…read more >

May Day! May Day! – May 7

Greetings! Tereza here, with all the doings at Dancing Rabbit, or at least all the doings I know about... Seems like it was a super busy week, so in an attempt to not forget anything important, I've decided to go backwards in time. Our first visitor session of the season ended Monday, but since three visitors have decided to make the transformation into work exchangers and/or residents, we didn't have to say goodbye to too many awesome people. I've really enjoyed this batch of visitors, and am looking forward to getting to know the ones who are staying even better…read more >

Taking Dancing Rabbit to the Cities

People often say that Dancing Rabbit is in the middle of nowhere, and its hard to dispute. Rutledge, our nearest town has a population of 100 (which we hope to surpass in the next few years) and our whole county has fewer residents than some big city high schools (4,843 by the last census).

But what we do at Dancing Rabbit is as relevant to cities as it is to small town USA, and I’ve begun to wonder: what if cities adopted Dancing Rabbit’s ecological covenants?

In this first article in a series, we explore what would happen if a city banned personal vehicles similar to how Dancing Rabbit has. read more >

The Rabbits Do Dance – April 30

Ah, the confusion of spring weather! It seemed so clear in March that we were headed for an early, steady spring; but of course spring around here typically includes all sorts of weather swings, and up through this past week, the threat of a last frost lingered. We waited and waited to fill in the gaps in the brassica beds where earlier transplants had succumbed to the hard frosts of a few weeks ago... and now we're in our standard last frost range and we're looking toward a projected high of 90 later this week! As abrupt as the swing…read more >

Roots and Shoots – April 23

On a sunny day, in the early evening, just after dinner time, excitement is heard in the yards, paths and streets. Excited faces, hands clutching dollar bills, running feet, and lively laughter and chatter called to mind a scene from my suburban childhood. All that was missing, really, were the tinny strains of "Tarantella" growing louder and louder as the ice cream truck drew near. It was Dancing Rabbit's first visit from "The Plant Man." (That's our nickname, not his, it goes along with "The Bucket Man", "The Mail Lady", "The Beer Guy", "The One-Cow Dairy", etc.) Mark Slaughter of…read more >

Opening Up with Spring – April 14

DR's newest member, Julie, here with this week's column. As I live my life, I often find that there are themes and lessons that are undeniably pronounced when I have the energy to think creatively about how interestingly life unfolds. For this week's themes, I feel that both cycles and balance have been recurrent in my thoughts. We are but a few days away from our first visitor session of the season. Now that I have been here living at DR for a full year, experiencing the seasonal shift of swinging from a quiet and private fall and winter to…read more >

Calling all former Rabbits: members, residents, interns, wexers, visitors, and guests!

If you have lived, worked, played or stayed at Dancing Rabbit before for any length of time, please save the date for our 15th Land Day Reunion! We'll be celebrating 15 years of Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage history with storytelling, music, dance, food, fun, and reconnection with Rabbits new and old. Join us October 5-7, 2012 as we enjoy potlucks, photos, dance parties, campfires, talent (or no-talent) shows, and much more, including burning the last two of our original mortgages! Our 10th Land Day Reunion in 2007 was a smash, with over 100 people attending, and we hope to have even more people…read more >