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 >

Saturday Tours Start This Weekend

After an early summer, it is with a mixture of regret and relief that I'm settling back into spring.  Cob here with the weekly update about what's been going on at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.  The cooler weather has been a relief for the early spring plantings of brassicas, peas, early lettuces, and other plants which don't fair so well in baking heat.  Presumably there will be enough of that in the coming months to keep us supplied in eggplant and peppers.  The biggest adjustment for me personally has been to remember that the pond got COLD again! The beautiful weather…read more >

A Moment in the Sun – 4/3/12

Hi everyone! This is Alline writing this week for Dancing Rabbit. As always, it feels next to impossible to encapsulate a week in the life at DR in a few short columns. However, I am your dedicated reporter and, like the Girl Scout I once was, vow to do my best. The big news, which really isn’t news at all, is the weather. The old axiom “everyone talks about the weather but nobody does anything about it” doesn’t hold true here. I’ve never been in a more weather-aware environment than Dancing Rabbit, where everything from our electricity and our food…read more >

March 26, 2012

Greetings! Tereza here, writing her first ever column in the 11+ years she's lived at Dancing Rabbit! Of course the top story continues to be the weather. The unseasonably warm temperatures mean folks are outdoors a lot, playing, hanging out--why, some of them are even working! (For those who may not know, this is a joke. Most Rabbits work their fluffy little tails off most of the time.) We're prepping and planting and pruning, getting ready for another year of growing food for ourselves and our community-mates. Rumors in this area involve Cob pruning the raspberry bushes near the Community…read more >

March 19, 2012

There was no putting off the fruit tree pruning any longer this week. It seemed to me that the peach tree in our courtyard, a two-trunked specimen that grew from the pit of a peach we ate while working on the kitchen foundation in 2004, went from bud break to bloom inside of a week. As I feverishly worked to finish the pruning of the ten trees we manage near our house, I was prodded constantly by the buds surrounding me, which seemed to pop open in the moments between glances. Sara put several sprays of peach and plum blossoms…read more >