Welcome Aboard! Service-learning adventures of youth going "island hopping" to Peacebunny Island (a real 22 acre private island on the Mississippi River, Minnesota USA, owned by 15 year old Caleb Smith ) and running Peacebunny Cottage. His business trains therapy rabbit and handlers who share Hugs, Hope and Hoppiness.
Program is hosted by Caleb, the youth social entrepreneur who hopes this program helps create excitement for service-learning, environmental STEM, and playing outside.
Ever feel like you're fighting the current? Destination unknown? Two years ago I had just bought a house boat and was working on plans to bring it 100 miles upstream. I didn’t yet know where I was going to land because we hadn't purchased the island yet. Lots of similarities to today’s uncertainty as all of our contracts for Easter and school programs and libraries are cancelled. Somehow it worked out even better than I'd ever imagined and I trust that this time of social distancing will push us to try new outreach methods. More time for farm chores and homework. More time to fine-tune the business plan. More time, period. Thankful for your support as we plan to head 'upstream'
This month was about a lot of things coming together... so much to be thankful for right now: all the support in achieving Eagle Scout, Great Grandma’s 100th birthday, new tools for the farm. What an amazing month. A fun final bonus track: Ever hear 30 rabbits drinking? One of my favorite sounds while we're doing some cleaning and setting out the grass and hay bales.
Hear about our participation in a massive Angora rescue and some quick updates about what we have been up to this month. Episode ends with one of my favorite jams at my choir concert this week. 275 voices singing! Sorry that it just cuts off...
Sounds of birds chirping at Peacebunny Cottage with the bunnies hopping in the nearby pasture. Girls giggling while learning about bunnies at a birthday party. All things that are part of my "happy places."
An aboriginal saying in Australia has been made into the school song for Hope Vale School. "Nganhthaan Waandaar Nganhthan Ngurraar" means one is a white Cuckatoo and one is a black Cuckatoo—different but together. In a world with so much division, my simple podcast will just be about birds, bunnies, gentle rain and giggles. Moments we share that transcend all that can divide us. Enjoy.
This week while out island hopping we met a world record holders who hopes to regain the title in 2020 (Team MMZERO). We also spent a rainy day in the studio creating videos. The remainder of the week was mostly spent out on the rivers mapping. Listen to find out how to win a trip to Peacebunny Island. www.Peacebunnyisland.com
Thanks for visiting...we post photos and hope you'll share the journey with us and tell others. We love getting email and comments on social media, so keep in touch! We also have weekly contests to win a trip out to the island with us. Check our website for details www.PeacebunnyIsland.com
Updates plus our trek down the West Bank from Minneapolis to Fort Snelling Area (confluence of the Mississippi River & Minnesota Rivers). We visited Bohemian Flats - Annie Young Meadow - Winchell Trail - Lock & Dam 1. Lots of cool stuff we learned, so we will be posting some of these discoveries on our website and our Youtube Channel.
From Madame Blanchard’s Rabbitry in France in 1912 to the Peacebunny Cottage... We are the new home for four 9-12 pound rabbits with striking black eyeliner and satin sheen white fur. We are so grateful to partner with experienced breeders of champions to keep these purebred beauties from extinction. Tator Tot is a dwarf Hotot ( not endangered plus with stray splotches called a sport) but a distant relative who is one of our most popular bunny pals. Please visit YouTube channel this week and subscribe. Have a hoppy day!!
Springtime means several weekday scout events, lush grass at the Cottage and stress relief stations at universities. Super pumped about the new-for-us canoe trailer after months of watching online sales— game changer!
All the bunnies have been safe at Peacebunny Cottage. We knew that the island would have seasonal floods and we experienced high water last year... So no surprise. With no permanent structures we have no risks. Prayers for those who have so much to lose...
Hear a snippit of what I’ve been learning about the Mississippi River, plus our weekend trip to a library. Ideas how we could use the island to address some of the river environmental concerns, starting with cottonwood trees
The Ground Hog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this week and then said "Get the boats ready!" Here's an update on what's happening during the Polar Vortex that made Minnesota colder than Antarctica this week. 1) Farm chores still happening 2) Port engine is now purring like a kitten while Starboard still needs work 3) Stringer repair will make the floor more stable 4) Considering solar generator for boat batteries?? Lots more to do before we get the houseboat in the water this spring! Lots of library programs this month & Easter is around the corner...
Debriefing this week while riding home from Sea Scouts: Two great interviews, first aid review class, updates from Chaska High school’s capstone project to build a working weather station for our houseboat (also used for transporting our goats along the Mississippi river en route to islands to eat invasive species). Being a kid is awesome!
Visit our YouTube channel 12/20 to see Santa’s visit to Peacebunny Cottage — Our bunnies love riding in wagons and our snow sled so we took some video footage to post for you. Morris and our goats got in the Christmas spirit... SO ADORABLE!
Celebrating a year FULL of dreams coming true! Then add a surprise new idea — a weather whether station! (We are trying to decide names for four boy goats that already are busy munching the buckthorn at the Peacebunny Cottage). Share our silliness as we consider names from the "Cloudy with a chance of meatballs" references).
Now that we actually own the island, I’m SO thankful for all those who made this dream come true and I'm super excited to see what next year will bring!
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