Chasing Dreams, Tomatoes, and Skirts – June 11, 2012

Part of our mission says that we want to grow to be the size of a small town, and which is usually spoken of as being 500-1000 people. (Our current population is approximately 70.) Population growth has been a hot topic off and on at DR. Folks discuss, how much, how fast, and in what ways we should grow. I think we all agree that if we grow too quickly we run the risk of losing our unique culture and possibly even experiencing the dreaded "mission drift." What we differ on is exactly how fast is too fast.read more >

Simply to Smell a Rose 5/22/12

Jordan here; coming at you live this week from Dancing Rabbit. I am always impressed by the ever-quickening progression of things 'round here. We haven't slowed down one bit this week; that’s for sure. Further "Crooked Route" construction took place, bent raising madness ensued once again, teams of ten at a time shuffled around large timbers that are being utilized to construct Ziggy and April's new abode. Just today our second visitor period began, and with it, one of the more mild and beautiful spring days I have seen here in Northeast Missouri. I volunteered on Sunday to greet the…read more >

Keeping livestock for a more sustainable food system

Dancing Rabbit recently took 19 acres of our land out of the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), a government program that pays us to maintain potential agricultural land as wildlife habitat.  Though this program has helped us pay the mortgage on our land, most of the land we could potentially use for ag projects has been under CRP contract and has not been available for use by members without the payment of a significant penalty.  The recent opening up of land has spurred interest in new agricultural projects and has begun a community process of forming new agricultural policies around how…read more >

A Bowl Full of Cherries

Greetings gentle readers, this is Cob reporting on the latest and greatest happenings from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and our little houses on the prairie. For those of you outside of northeastern Missouri, the unseasonably warm spring has given way to cooler temperatures and welcome rain, rejuvenating all the weeds and grasses that seek to take over our gardens or any other bare patch of ground. I know that my transplants and direct-sown vegetables are in there somewhere, but I sometimes have trouble finding them. I often wonder why we go to the trouble of growing such fussy plants, when weeds…read more >

May Day! May Day! – May 7

Greetings! Tereza here, with all the doings at Dancing Rabbit, or at least all the doings I know about... Seems like it was a super busy week, so in an attempt to not forget anything important, I've decided to go backwards in time. Our first visitor session of the season ended Monday, but since three visitors have decided to make the transformation into work exchangers and/or residents, we didn't have to say goodbye to too many awesome people. I've really enjoyed this batch of visitors, and am looking forward to getting to know the ones who are staying even better…read more >