In the midst of a late heat dome slowly approaching northeast Missouri, it is with great honor that one of the critters’ latest work exchangers, (That’s me, Clare!) is here with a small update on the many affairs and goings-on in this small corner of Dancing Rabbit. This summer so far has presented a steady flux of community members passing through daily affairs. It seems in this constant state, that things may change at a pace faster than what a small, out-of-the-way community is expected to encounter but folk’s adaptability to such situations never falters. Continue reading
Introducing K* Sparrow! Fellow critter Katherine opens up her bus-house “Aubergine” as a make shift studio for this episode of Critter Radio. After the obligatory hoo-hawing over the locale, we move on to cover our featured topic– Retreat at Dancing Rabbit.
Retreat is an annual grouping of increasingly informal meetings where we converge to discuss where we stand on some of the hot topics circulating the village. Katherine and Winey (Whiney?) Piney Ben each summarize their committee’s reports (Eco-Progress and the Oversight Team, respectively), musically and otherwise. Katherine goes on to fill us in on the Dancing Rabbit membership numbers for 2015. We wrap up the show with Validation Day (our take on Valentine’s day). We take it beyond chocolate and sex for a more community oriented and affirming holiday.
We’re also psyched to say that we’re now officially listed in the iTunes podcast database! Search for Critter Radio, and subscribe with your favorite podcast app or player. Cool beans!
Modern Farmer is a magazine which is easy on the eyes, but difficult on the arse. I have been reading homestead-y publications for a decade of years now, and subsequently wiping my bum with them for four. I may not be the modern farmer of sorts contained in its pages, but I know good butt fodder when I handle it, and this magazine is far too slick and glossy for any type of practical use. For eight bucks an issue, I ought to be able to wipe my ass with it, because there is no other way that Modern Farmer can possibly make my day-to-day operations smooth. The way some farmers can look at some hay and instantly know the feed and economic value of it: that’s what my ass does with magazines. My ass thinks Countryside is like the Charmin of the magazine world. Continue reading
We’re pleased to announce we are officially taking applications for our summer Critter work exchange. We’ve got a big summer ahead of us and are interested in hosting folks who are interested in experiencing life as Critters. Come help us scurry around the barnyard and build our timbered nests.
We have two positions open — building and farming. You can read details about each at our Work Exchange tab above. Looking forward to hearing from you!
This week’s guest, Liat, uses her unique perspective as someone who has lived at Dancing Rabbit but also experienced a lot of other intentional communities across the country. Liat moved to Dancing Rabbit in 2007, moved away in 2011, but continues as part of the community through periodic visits . We took advantage of her most recent visit over the turn of the year to pick her brain about what sets Dancing Rabbit apart from similar spots. From the car co-op to neighborhood layout to house size, this episode is geared for those who have been thinking about finding new community but aren’t sure how to whittle down the choices.