I returned to Dancing Rabbit in late October to work more on the essay.
Established in 1997 through a land trust, Dancing Rabbit is an ecovillage community located on 280 acres in rural northeastern Missouri. With over 50 visitors, residents, and full members and growing, Dancing Rabbit focuses on community values and strives to limit its impact on the environment by being ecologically and socially conscientious. As much as they can, Rabbits live sustainable lifestyles and strive to demonstrate that to society and inspire others to do the same. While food is bought in bulk from local businesses, the goal is to eventually grow the majority of their own food on the Dancing Rabbit land. Rabbits build their homes using alternative techniques such as straw bale, cob, and recycled building materials and produce electricity through solar and wind power.
Tony Sirna, one of the two founding members of Dancing Rabbit remaining, pulls a wheelbarrow as he works to unload hay from a truck at the Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage in Rutledge, Missouri, on Friday, October 23, 2009. In 1997, Tony and a few other graduates of Stanford University and UC Berkeley, created a land trust and bought the 280 acres that today is Dancing Rabbit.