Cooperatove Conservation Project

Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage

Living cooperatively, demonstrating sustainability

Location: Midwest/Northern High Plains Region: Missouri

Project Summary: 500-1000 person ecovillage in northeast Missouri as experimental project in social and technological strategies for sustainable living for North Americans.
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Dancing Rabbit, Inc.
Resource Challenge

Americans consume resources at a level far above that which is sustainable for the projected global population. Serious negative ecological consequences either have been or are likely to be the result. Dancing Rabbit is an attempt to demonstrate alternatives to mainstream lifestyle choices. We experiment with alternative social systems and technology, picking the best of what's out there. Dancing Rabbit ecovillage is available to share our results with those who are interested.


Our Mission:


To create a society, the size of a small town or village, made up of individuals and communities of various sizes and social structures, which allows and encourages its members to live sustainably.*

To encourage this sustainable society to grow to have the size and recognition necessary to have an influence on the global community by example, education, and research.

*Sustainably: In such a manner that, within the defined area, no resources are consumed faster than their natural replenishment, and the enclosed system can continue indefinitely without degradation of its internal resource base or the standard of living of the people and the rest of the ecosystem within it, and without contributing to the non-sustainability of ecosystems outside.

Examples of Key Partners
Volunteers move to Dancing Rabbit to create a healthy and rewarding lifestyle for themselves, while demonstrating ecological sustainable living systems. Village residents range in age from young children to adults in their 20s through 50s, and come from many walks of life. People from all over the US come to visit Dancing Rabbit Ecovillage and our membership reflects this.
Results and Accomplishments

DANCING RABBIT QUICK FACTS – Contact us for more information

• Vehicles are owned by a car co-op that primarily uses biodiesel and waste vegetable oil as fuel.


• Vehicles are owned by a car co-op that primarily uses biodiesel and waste vegetable oil as fuel.

• DR is a pedestrian community. Vehicle trips into the village are rare. Currently, no one commutes daily to an outside job.

• DR is 100% off the electrical grid and all together the village generates 10,000 watts of solar and wind power.

• In general, household water is provided through rainwater catchment and waste water is treated in constructed wetlands.

• There are eight strawbale homes at DR, and residents are experimenting with many natural building techniques, such as cob, wattle and daub, and low-impact foundations.

• DR has 200 acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program and residents have planted 10,000 trees and 20 acres in native grasses.

• With over 15,000 square feet in gardens, DR membersgrow many of their fruits and vegetables, and many strive to eat primarily local, in-season, and organic food.

• At DR, each household is responsible for its own economics.

• DR members are involved in the wider community in a variety of ways, including: giving fiddle lessons, tutoring, volunteering for Rutledge School endeavors, writing a weekly article for the local paper, serving as President of the local fire department, and attending square dances.


Many aspects of sustainability and conservation are being practiced in different areas. Dancing Rabbit is putting them all together into an integrated demonstration of an alternative, sustainable, and satisfying North American lifestyle!

Project Contact

1 Dancing Rabbit Lane
Rutledge, MO 63563
(660) 883-5881


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