Reunion Report and More, 10/9/12

One of the many fascinating things I discovered at Dancing Rabbit's 15th Anniversary Party & Reunion this past weekend is that some of our readers (not naming names, but one of them rhymes with Moby) don't always appreciate the many references to the weather in our weekly column. Who knew? Tereza here, hereby warning you NOT to read the next two paragraphs if you fall into this group. Wow. It got cold. Our first hard frost came just in time to welcome back the non-locals joining us in our celebration, many of whom were tenting. It was hard to convince…read more >

Pillars of Earth, 10/1/12

Hello again from Ted here at Dancing Rabbit with this week's update. The cracks in the ground are still widening here in Scotland County. It feels a little like summer is draining out of the trees and fields. Though cooler weather makes it less noticeable to me, we are still living in a parched land. Water on the cabbages and root crops in the garden seems to run right through to the subsoil. The pond is lower than at any time since it was built. I am thankful for the cistern under my house and all the previously fallen rain…read more >

Feeding Our Muse

Earlier sunsets and frantic rabbits (both human and animal) seem inversely proportional as our daylight wanes, and deadlines hang in the cooling air like the last tomato signaling briefly before passing its prime and entering our stomachs to fuel this closure. We'll need the energy. Fall crops of lettuce, broccoli, and carrots are steadily scouring the soil for nutrients while happily receiving water from their human caretakers. Part of me wonders if the Off Grid Blues weekend we're having here will stimulate some added growth that would otherwise not be noted. Julie here with the happenings at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage…read more >

Riding, and Dancing, into the Sunset 9/18/12

Howdy y’all. Ben here, bringing you some of the latest news from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, and I believe that I may finally declare that we are progressing toward fall. In fact, upon consulting my calendar, this week will be the autumnal equinox, and I have noticed an increasing difficulty in my ability to creep out from under the blankets at the crack of dawn, into these cool mornings. I have also observed that the dawn doesn’t break quite so suddenly these days. Other signs present at Dancing Rabbit that hint at autumn’s approach include the blooming of asters and goldenrod,…read more >

Dancing Rabbit Correspondence September 9, 2012

The desk where I write is next to an upstairs window in our house. At various times I can hear kids laughing and playing (anything from basketball to squealing as they ride their bikes up and down Main Street), the muted conversation and gentle laughter of neighbors interacting, the wind through the leaves, barking dogs, and the blues band practicing across the road at La Casa. Today, however, is so gorgeous and breezy that I decided to leave my desk take a walk around the village to do some "live" more >

One Day in the Life of a Rabbit – September 4, 2012

There are a couple of great opportunities to visit us soon. One is an Open House this Saturday the 8th, which is open to all and is a chance for our neighbors to come out and see what we're doing out here. The village changes every year, so come see how much we've grown! The other gathering coming up is the 15th anniversary party starting on October 5 with a benefit auction and reunion festivities. Read on to hear more about both of those. I'm feeling a little pressed for time writing this because my life is so full of…read more >

Creative Progress

Hammers, chisels, and saws, oh my! Every time I step outside, the sound of a growing village greets me in the form of a nail rhythmically joining wood, or a hand-saw cutting through the umpteenth 2x4 of the day. Despite it being 98 degrees this week, the pressure of the end of this year's building season is heavy in the air. With the lack of 4-season housing being the most significant factor in limiting the growth of our population here, witnessing this incredible motivation driving gutsy residents and members is something to behold. Hassan, one of our new residents, is…read more >