Busy as the Bees: A Dancing Rabbit Update

Eager beekeepers Illly and Rae in the process of finding a new home for this swarm. Photo by Ted.

Eager beekeepers Illly and Rae in the process of finding a new home for this swarm. Photo by Ted.

Good morning, readers! As I click-clack away our home is being serenaded by a bee swarm that has chosen a nearby branch to rest on just beside our east window. The hive has outgrown the home our neighbors made for them, and our beekeeping friends are now in scramble mode. It is a sight (and a sound) to behold!

While to some that may conjure an ominous feeling, I (and the scrambling keepers) take it as a very positive sign; an inconvenient but welcomed byproduct of their efforts to help stem the troubling tide of colony die off. Luckily, they didn’t move very far, and are soon to be boxed and transferred to a larger hive. Here’s to hoping they remember where my back yard is, wherever they go; we’ve enjoyed their company in our gardens this season!

Lucas here, doing some buzzing (in your ear) of my own on behalf of the DR hive. We too are in high gear, swarming around ideas for growth, improvement, and partnerships, while continuing our mission of conservation, education, and outreach. Here are a few of the upcoming opportunities we’re offering to inquiring minds:

DR has come together with Midwest Permaculture to present our first Permaculture Design Course, August 29-September 6! This 9-day course is designed to immerse its students in permaculture technique and, by sheer bonus of being held at DR, ecovillage life! Spots are filling up, so get in while you can!

We’re excited to be gearing up for our annual Open House, coming up September 12th! We’ll be offering a village fair, full of local sustainable goods, and free tours! Come and see what all the buzz is about!

Have that itch to take a road trip? We’d love for you to stop by and see us at the Mother Earth News Fair, October 24-25. We’re delighted to be taking part in such a massive event, and we think you would be too! Featuring over 150 workshops and a slew of exhibits, there will be much to see and do!

For those who wish to dive deeper into what it means to live sustainably, we’d love for you to come and experience it for yourself! We have two remaining action-packed visitor sessions in 2015 – with fewer than 16 slots left in them – chock FULL of useful hands on workshops and classes that can give you the tools to help manifest a more sustainable (and more affordable) future!

There are many ways to explore what DR is all about from your computer as well. Many of you may be familiar with our website, but have you checked out our YouTube channel? Some of our members and residents also keep individual blogs for even more insight into who we are and how we choose to honor the values that bind us together. Dan also has a new venture with some great videos at www.hardcoresustainable.com. Check them out: you’re bound to find useful tips and tricks that can be applied at home! Knowledge is power!

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Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community and nonprofit outside Rutledge, in northeast Missouri, focused on demonstrating sustainable living possibilities. Find out more about us by visiting our website, reading our blog, or emailing us.

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