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Last updated: July 26, 2014 (2 days ago)
Listing created on: December 15, 2008
(Rutledge, Missouri, United States)
- Status: Established
- Formed: 1993 Established: 1995
- Visitors accepted: Yes
- Open to new Members: Yes
- Website address: http://www.dancingrabbit.org
- Phone: 660-883-5511
1 Dancing Rabbit Lane
Rutledge, Missouri, 63563
Visitors accepted: Yes
To visit DR, write us a letter or email, and our visitor team will help you plan and schedule a visit. It generally helps to contact us at least two months in advance, as spots fill up quickly. We have one- to three-week visitor periods at set times between April and October.
Open to new Members: Yes
ecologically sustainable town
In 1997 the DR Land Trust purchased 280 acres in the rolling hills of northeastern Missouri. We are now deep into pioneering, constructing buildings while developing community structure. People’s social and economic needs are met primarily on-site and locally, though a few do web work or off-site consulting. There is an ever-increasing emphasis on internal economy, including a lot of barter and a well-used internal currency. Eventually, we see 500 to 1,000 people living in our village, with businesses and homes around a village green.
Ecological sustainability is the primary focus of our long-term vision and daily lives. We build homes using alternative techniques such as strawbale and cob, powering them with sun and wind. Vehicles at DR are owned cooperatively and run on biodiesel. Overall, we eat an ever-increasing amount of local, organic, and in-season foods, including many home-grown vegetables.
We strive to be good stewards of our land, with much of our acreage reserved as wildlife habitat. We are reintroducing native prairie plants to help revitalize our region’s biodiversity. We have planted over 10,000 trees to restore our land, stabilize the riparian zone, and provide sustainable wood for our community in years to come.
Diversity is important within our human population as well. We are individuals, families, and subcommunities. We look forward to having other subcommunities join us, and we encourage the development of cohousing and cooperatives. To allow for economic diversity and simple living, we keep lease rates and membership dues low and have no buy-in fee.
In addition to being a wonderful home for us, DR is a model for social change. Outreach and education are integral to our mission; we promote DR as a viable alternative to the mainstream.
Interested in Dancing Rabbit? Write us to arrange a visit or get our newsletter, do a work exchange stint or workshop, or enjoy the eco-luxury of our B&B. We actively seek new members to share
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