Memphis Democrat Column Week of 3/22/10
Hi everyone. This is Alline with all the news that’s fit to print (and then some!) from Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage.
On Wednesday Bob celebrated his birthday in the traditional Rutledge way with coffee and donuts at Zimmerman’s. We’re not sure exactly sure which one of the Rutledge Renegades started this custom, but we sure like it!
Amy and Juan’s son Jolyon also had a birthday this week. It was his first, and he had the parties to prove it! Joly’s grandparents came from New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Minnesota and a great-grandmother, lovingly nicknamed “Chiquita,” came all the way from Argentina. Involved in the celebrations were three cakes, lunch at the Mercantile, several hundred balloons, and a time capsule for him to open in twenty years. The time capsule proved to be especially thought-provoking – what kind of technology will we have in twenty years, and what would be the most appropriate medium with which to communicate? Joly seemed just has content with a tea strainer as with his new wood train, puzzle and books, and charmed everyone with his sunny personality. He told me that he had a great time, and is looking forward to turning two.
With the reappearance of the sun there is a lot of gardening happening around the village. Alyssa and Zane have been nurturing seedlings in the greenhouse, and Friday planted trees at their new house site. Sara, Ted and Aurelia, Tom and Tereza, Dan, and Sheila in Skyhouse, all have seeds sprouting in flats – I can tell already that it won’t be me who produces the first tomato of the season! Friday was also Burger Lunch at the Milkweed Mercantile. Anthony has sourced some lovely better-than-organic pastured beef from Yoder’s Natural Farm in Bloomfield, Iowa, where they farm with methods popularized by Joel Salatin of Polyface Farm (more info here: http://tinyurl.com/45xlzw). For the vegetarians Anthony crafted a burger from black beans and other secret ingredients. Both types were declared “the best burger I’ve ever had” by many diners. Accompanying the burgers were Anthony’s own Fries, made right here from fresh potatoes rather than pre-fab, pre-frozen industrial fries. It was a little slice of heaven, right here in Rutledge. One last word about Anthony and the Mercantile Café – we’re looking for a few Culinary Interns for this summer. If you’re interested in spending a few months at Dancing Rabbit and learning about cooking from one of the best, this might be the perfect opportunity for you. Read more about it here: http://www.dancingrabbit.org/social_change/culinary.php
In other news we are very excited about Tom becoming certified in solar installation – he will be going to Jeff City for more extensive training soon. We have come to depend upon him for his knowledge and ability to trouble-shoot and keep our power systems running (in spite of what we do to them). Stay tuned for the announcement of his new business.
Some of the members of the Wabi Sabi kitchen coop (Thomas, Ziggy and April) accompanied Jennifer to town on Friday to pick up a trailer load of “urbanite.” This is just the fancy-schmancy (geological?) name for broken up concrete. We find that it is fantastic in foundations, and Wabi Sabi continues to work on their kitchen. By the way, “wabi sabi,” while somewhat difficult to define, is a Japanese term for an aesthetic that describes beauty as "imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete," and also represents a comprehensive Japanese aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience. This seems well suited for the folks in the cooperative, and for the cob building that they are constructing to house their food adventures.
Last but not least, there is a new event coming up this weekend for Dancing Rabbit – a Pedal Powered Fundraising Blog-a-thon! While perhaps not as energetic as a bowl-a-thon or a dance-a-thon, we are looking forward to it nonetheless. Jeff McIntire-Strasburg of Sustainablog.org will be blogging for 24 hours to raise funds for Dancing Rabbit’s Visitor and Outreach Programs. Jeff will be blogging on a computer powered by a Pedal-a-Watt bicycle generator from 4:00 p.m. on Friday to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. The Mercantile Café will be open for breakfast from 7:00 – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday if you’d like to come in and cheer him on. Additionally we anticipate special hourly snacks from the Mercantile kitchen and having our friends stop by for encouragement and perhaps even to add a blog post or two. Lots more info here: http://tinyurl.com/yldr2tu
Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage is an intentional community in Rutledge, Missouri practicing ecological sustainability. Tours will begin again in April. For more information, please see our website at www.dancingrabbit.org