Coming Together and Saying Farewell 9/30/2013

As I think back on the past week, I am conjuring an image of a pyramid with group gatherings placed at the bottom, and individuals residing at the top. Countless singular moments make up the whole, and create the base upon which it stands, and have no less significance than a room filled with contra dancers, music, and of course, dancing. I think I'll start this week's article in this singular moment, and work my way back.read more >

Turn and face the strange ch-ch-changes! 9/16/2013

Greetings everyone! I hope this column finds you in good health. I've heard more than a few coughs and sneezes on my way through the village this morning, no doubt the result of the recent rain and temperature drop. As much as the rain was needed, I can't help but imagine how nice it would be to build in the sun. After about a month without rain, and several low percentage forecasts that didn't yield any, it seems some of us started taking the dryness for granted. There were definitely a few people making a mad dash to cover building…read more >

Breath of the Village

Lately at Dancing Rabbit, it feels as though everybody has exhaled one deeply-held breath at once—a collective exhale that could blow out every candle in Northern Missouri. It was not only the ending of another visitor session and a timber frame building workshop, but there were also bittersweet goodbyes for many summer workers and interns who have since headed back into the world, indelibly changed. As for myself, Nik (making his debut post here), my time had been consumed catering the timber frame workshop alongside Alline in the Milkweed Mercantile. Three nutritious meals a day for a large group is…read more >

It’s Hot

Finally a break in the heat! But it was brutal for well over a week, with multiple days of three-digit heat indexes (I looked it up and yes, "indexes" is acceptable, fellow word lovers! "Indices" is also correct, but more common in academic writing...). And with no rain to speak of and none in the forecast, the gardens remain thirsty, the pond is starting to look a little low, and energies were certainly flagging at times. The pond stayed pleasant, however, which was a big plus, and it looks like the temps will be more manageable for the near future.…read more >

It Takes A Village…

This week the summery weather came back after a spell of morning sweatshirts and socks to bed. In times like these I often feel grateful that the weather is not something we get to choose. Imagine a meeting wherein the timber frame workshop participants and tomato growers, homesteaders and beer sellers, wind and solar generators alike, and folks with all different tastes and information got together to decide how hot, how sunny, how windy, and how rainy a given day should be. I'm sure we could come to a reasonable agreement, and I'm glad we don't have to. Hi, this…read more >

Chasing Cows and Drinking Schmizzle

Greetings from the heart of ragweed country! This is Ben, living the dream here at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, here to fill you in with all the major happenings around these parts, not that I have a clue as to what's going on.  Here's a look at the weather: The mornings have been awful chilly, resulting in high sorghum syrup viscosity. The days have been cool and dry, ideal conditions for building a strawbale house, which some of us are doing. Each morning and evening I peer down in the bottoms as poofs of mist materialize, leaving naught but a single…read more >

Cake and Celebration

Straw bales and timber frames are a common combination at Dancing Rabbit. Here, another house goes up on Crooked Route Road. Pleasant, not-too-hot weather, greenery all around, tomato and eggplant and basil, oh my... Tereza here, enjoying the abundance of summer and offering news from my corner of Rabbit Land! I'll begin with feline happenings... I read Ted's column of last week and cannot believe he neglected to mention the newest addition to his family: Gromit the kitten! He is so cute! (The kitten, I mean. Ted's cute too but he doesn't have furry white paws and grey tabby stripes…read more >