Here are some random tips I’ve learned from Visiting and Living At Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage:

About food and cooking at DR:

  • Put your soy sauce in a spray bottle
  • When making popcorn, put one layer of oil to one layer of popcorn. You will not have to shake the pot. Grind your seasonings in a spice grinder for better coating on the popcorn.
  • Soak seeds and nuts before eating. Dehydrate them to store. This process awakens them for growing and gets rid of enzyme inhibitors, making them easier to digest and much more tasty.
  • Every Sunflower Kitchen meal needs a vegetable, starch, and protein.
  • Bake muffins in baking pans instead of muffin tins to make a cake like muffin that you can cut and don’t have to wash more tedious muffin tins.
  • Some beans need soaking over night.  Things like black eyed peas and split peas don’t need soaking.
  • When using a hotbox, some legumes take all day in the hotbox, grains generally take only a few hours in the hot box.
  • Don’t add acidic things like tomatoes or salt to lentils before they are completely done or else they won’t cook all the way.
  • It’s helpful to theme your spices and if you don’t know how to spice things, look up on the internet how dishes are spiced that use similar ingredients that you want to cook with.
  • When making a dish, such as a dessert, for lots of people, make sure you are using sugar instead of salt.
  • You can use watered down peanut butter instead of soy milk when cooking.
  • If you burn yourself while cooking or canning, besides aloe, flour also helps burns.
  • The great thing about Rabbit food is that it usually tastes good even when you mix it all together on your plate.
  • When at Potluck, take less of each dish than you think you’re going to eat, there are a lot of dishes and you don’t want to run out of room on your plate, the line is also long so save food for others.
  • When obtaining milk from a large jar, it is best to use a ladle.
  • When picking morels, use an onion sack so the mushrooms drop their spores as you walk and you propagate more mushrooms. Also don’t wash the dirt off until just before you are ready to eat the mushrooms.
  • To peel garlic, but cloves between two same sized bowls and shake vigorously, the cloves will peel themselves.

About Pests

  • Mouse repellant: Peppermint oil in a spray bottle, spray it around
  • Tick Repellant: 2 Tbs Vegetable Oil, 1 Tb Aloe Vera Gel, 25 Drops Rose Geranium Essential Oil, 25 drops Lavender Essential Oil.
  • Lemongrass repels chiggers and ticks
  • Sulfur powder repels chiggers

Other Random Tips

If you need a pap smear, go to the village midwives, they are much more fun than going to the clinic, you can even take a picture of your cervix if you have a camera.

A small bit of lemon and salt in your water bottle can help you stay hydrated better in the hot summertime.

If you move to DR, make a separate email address for village email!

When playing ultimate frisbee, put your water bottle in the shade.

If you aren’t on clean team and want to use your computer in the common house on Sunday morning, no one usually cleans in the old battery closet.

Wash your hands after handling turtles because sometimes they carry salmonella.

When it is cold out, you are actually warmer in a sleeping bag with less clothes on than with more clothes on.

If your eyes are really red because of allergies, breast milk helps alleviate the eyes, yes, drop breast milk into your eye.

Vinegar + Tea Tree oil is good for killing/preventing mold. Zimmerman’s sells Tea Tree oil.

There are lots of random piles of rubbish around Dancing Rabbit, live with it.

Rabbits get into a circle, hold hands, and sing before dinner, don’t let that bother you if you ever come visit.

Don’t lick something that you think might be a hair tickling your arm because it might be a tick instead.

Dried pears make great fish bait. Apples make great rabbit bait.

Coyotes will possibly eat your rabbits out of their cages if left overnight.  Raccoons will eat your chickens left out of their pens at night.

When moving to Dancing Rabbit, does it cost less to ship your things rather than rent a U-Haul?

Put one spoon of sugar or coke per gallon of water to make fresh flowers last longer.

Dress in layers in the spring and fall, they day can be colder in the morning, hot during the day, and cool again at night.