Getting Greener, June 4

Good thing I love the color green! We've had so much rain in the last few weeks that everything is bursting with growth! (Well, yes, and mud, but the green is brighter than the brown.) I'm sure I'm not the only one enjoying at least one aspect of the wet -- all the wonderful homegrown food from the gardens. Recent yumminess has included garlic chives, asparagus, salad greens, braising greens, and last night I had my first strawberries of the season. Mmmmmmm.... Tereza here, appreciating a little sunshine after a few too many days of rain, wind, and chillier than…read more >

We Are Circling, 5/29/13

Howdy y'all. Greetings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage, which might be renamed Squishy Bottom, Missouri by the middle of this week. This is Ben, attempting to bring you the latest happenings from our quaint utopian burg. What is primarily important to convey is the climatic condition of our region, currently classified as excessively damp. I project that friends and neighbors may be experiencing frustration relating to these conditions, as I have heard the rumble of planters on and off during our previous dry spell. Flowing, standing, and then again flowing water has saturated the bottoms throughout NEMO, potentially erasing much of…read more >

New Thursday Tour and More, May 23

This is one of the blessed times of year. After one too-hot day, we've settled into a week straight of perfection. When the temperature hovers in that range between about 75 and 82 where the air is neither too warm nor too cool, the breeze tickles bare arms and legs and the most delicious smells of green growing things waft by. Under every footfall lie myriad small sprouts or leaves. I have hardened my heart over the years to the sprouts of various plants and trees I don't want growing in the immediate vicinity of my house and gardens—the sooner…read more >

May All Your Weeds Be Edible, 5/16/13

What a fun week we just had at Dancing Rabbit! This is Sam, and a big part of my week has been moving forward with the selection of our first Village Council. Teresa and I are in charge of guiding the group through the process we have agreed to for choosing seven people from among the residents and members of Dancing Rabbit to represent us in decision making. It's a multi-step process involving spreadsheets of characteristics both of individual council members and possible council slates, and spreadsheets reflecting each potential council member and how their peers think they are suited…read more >

Foundation of Bounty, 5/9/13

Even though our Missouri Spring has been delayed by approximately one month, the tide of seasonal change still pushes forth with a fresh stride. With 7 inches of rain this April, we have now officially risen above the status of regional drought, which has weighed heavily on our minds, since so many of us were affected by the lack of water in 2012. As the equilibrium of normalcy over-compensates, it's important that we acknowledge that we have so much to be grateful for, despite pining for sunny 70 degree days that won't plummet into 33 degree nights. Having to endure…read more >

Rabbit Eat Rabbit World – 5/1/13

Howdy rabbiteers! Ben here, churning out some quality, high-fiber journalistic fodder for your informational needs. Currently, our climate requires both shorts and muck boots, as the several inches of rain we have received in recent days haven't completely evaporated in the warm breeze. Signs of an emergent spring abound. Blossoms of peach, pear and cherry dangle in front of my face on my morning sojourns to the common house. (Gotta get that outhouse built!) I occasionally catch a whiff of floral perfume when I'm near Lobelia. I've also been eating better these days. For those of us lacking a greenhouse…read more >

Commitment, 4/15/13

Tax day dawns brighter than expected today... this must be a good omen. The half-inch or more of rain predicted for overnight did not manifest, and the sun has managed to break through once or twice this morning. Ted here to offer the latest from the village. I'm finding it hard to decide whether I want more rain or not these days. When it rains, I don't have to water seedlings, and I don't have to haul water out to the 22 fruit trees I planted in my orchard last week; I can pump water in the kitchen from the…read more >