Part of the mission of Dancing Rabbit is, “To have an influence on the global community by example, education, and research.”
To that end, members sometimes travel to give presentations to groups around the country who are interested in hearing and seeing what we’re all about, and what we’ve learned. There’s a lot to say! So much that we can’t fit it all into a reasonably short presentation so we try to customize the choice of content to make the most impact for the audience in attendance.
If you’re looking for a movie to watch tonight, want to learn a lot about what we’re doing here at Dancing Rabbit, or learn more about why the work we do is so important, there are now two video’s on YouTube, taken at one of Tony’s presentations in California:
We try to schedule these talks around the presenters’ other travel to minimize fuel use for travel and inconvenience for the presenters. If you’re interested in finding out about getting a Dancing Rabbit member to talk to your group or audience, send us a message from our contact page.
Sandhill Farm, home to friends of Dancing Rabbit, is a small neighboring intentional community here in northeastern Missouri.
Sandhill has been practicing organic agriculture and gardening since 1974 on 135 acres, and the community provides most of its own food, including vegetables, fruits, herbs, sorghum syrup, honey, chickens, and turkeys. This video gives us a glimpse into how members of the community actually grow their own food, and how this lifestyle is central to community life at Sandhill Farm.
Hopefully this is the first of future DRTV: Neighbors videos!
The Milkweed Mercantile at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an off-the-grid, straw bale bed & breakfast, organic cafe, and eco general store. Alline gives us a mini tour of the business, which is currently under construction, but opening soon.
The Mercantile is currently a finalist for a $10K award at Ideablob.com. Please consider voting for us if you like what we’re doing. The winnings will go towards the purchase of a wind turbine if we get enough votes. Simply visit this link and register to vote: Straw bale off-the-grid business opens!
Hello dear viewers. Despite what you may think, DRTV is not dead. It’s merely on a break, since I have been busy building a cob house the past four months. With all that stomping of mud, little time is left to capture daily life here at Dancing Rabbit.
However, there is some exciting and relevant news. Life With Thomas, the fifth DRTV documentary entry, is playing at the Hi Mom! Film Festival in Carrboro/Chapel Hill, North Carolina next week on September 5. Here’s the schedule.
If any DRTV fans are in the area, I urge you to check it out. And if any festival attendees happen to see this, I’d be curious to hear how it went.
Expect a return to DRTV in the soon-coming future…
Rocket stoves are superefficient wood-fired stoves that can easily be built using readily available and recycled materials. They are a common sight in cob, straw bale, and other natural building designs.
In this video, Nathan and Tony describe two different rocket stove systems, detailing the inner workings of the stoves and their unique ability to store heat much more effectively than traditional wood stoves. Unlike other stoves, rocket stove flues can run horizontoally through cob benches or other cob furniture, effectively storing much more heat that would otherwise be lost.
For more information about rocket stoves, visit rocketstoves.com, or check out Ianto Evans’s and Leslie Jackson’s book Rocket Mass Heaters: Superefficient Woodstoves You Can Build (And Snuggle Up To).
Here’s a brief look at the seasonal aspects of life at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage. Daily routines are largely influenced by the current season – winter is a time for relaxing, socializing, indoor projects, spring planning, and most importantly, staying warm. And by the end of winter, members are gearing up and itching for spring with new or continuing building projects and gardening plans.
In this video, Alyson describes wintertime maple sap collection, Liat shares her plans to transform a school bus into a house (complete with greenhouse), and Dan talks about seed saving and starting seedlings.
Fear not, loyal DRTV viewers: not one, but two new Dancing Rabbit TV videos are in the works and nearing completion. If it weren’t for the frequent gray weather days, they might be ready sooner, but alas, patience is a valuable virtue.
In the meantime, keep passing on the previous DRTV episodes to friends and family. The response has been great to this project so far, and all of the positive comments and feedback have been very welcome!
Mushroom hunter, tent dweller, food fermenter, odd jobber and eco-expounder, Thomas has been living at Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage for the past five years. In Life with Thomas, we get the chance to familiarize ourselves with one of the community’s unique denizens. Thomas shares his personal story and how he came to desire a more ecological lifestyle, inspired by life experiences and global environmental issues. He also gives us a cooking lesson, goes mushroom hunting, reflects upon his wigwam, and pursues other exciting daily activities at his home in Dancing Rabbit.
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