Car use for the camp — our policy

We need cars to make our camp happen. We need cars when we’re in Reno pre-playa to run errands, pick people up at airports, provision for ourselves and for camp projects. We just need cars (and trucks).

Please note that the More Carrot camp does *not* reimburse any campmates for their cars, gas, rental car fees or any other expenses related to your car use, regardless of whether you use it for camp purposes. When we are in Reno and preparing, we’re on. We do what we need to do to get ready for the playa.

Drivers who drive people into and out of the playa are encouraged to negotiate a per-seat fee with passengers, and that is usually $50-$60 per way. Your call. Your responsibility to ask for it and collect the money. And we will do our best as a camp to communicate to the whole camp that everyone should expect to pay for their rides into and out of the playa.

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Please support our camp through our crowdfunding campaign

Please support our camp through our crowdfunding campaign. We bring veggies, produce and wholesome goodness to the playa. Ten dollars for a quick and simple donation. Thirty-five for a fantastic “Keep Calm and Carrot On” T-shirt and $150 for “SEEDS OF SEDUCTION: A sexy sexy collection of only the most sensual fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, melons and kiwifruit. Perfect for that special playa date… Comes with a bottle of COLD champagne! Also with 2 x patches and beautiful handmade soap (so you can freshen up for your big date).” 🙂

 

Burning Man Farmers Market

Help support our farmers market at Burning Man this year.

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2014 Teams

Here is a sketch of our teams and functions to date. As you can see, there are a number of slots yet to be filled and postions still open. (Yes, there is space for you to step in and be more involved.)

Scroll all the way to the bottom to see this same information organized by person. Send updates to Jessie.

More Carrot 2014 – Teams

Coordination Team

Made up of all team leaders

  • Dave – Infrastructure
  • Tatiana – Decor
  • Bob – Kitchen & LNT
  • Sean – Farmers Market
  • Matt – Countless Carrots March
  • Tamara – Communications
  • Tom – Deputy
  • + Jessie – Camp coordinator
Crowdfunding Team (the Sydney Crew)

Fundraising, gifts, fulfillment + camp gift

  • Lead: Tom/other person ?
  • Avis
  • Tim
  • Dane
  • Mikee
  • Ele
Communications Team

Internal and external, Facebook, radio ads, cross-camp and -village event promotions

  • Lead: Tamara
  • Ash (external / public Facebook page; March)
  • Hannah (camp introductions; March)
  • Gabe (internal / camp Facebook group)
  • Tim?
Infrastructure Team

Power, structures, tower, shade

  • Lead: Dave
  • Zyg
  • Gabe
  • James
  • Blaz
  • +MORE
Decor Team

Banners, murals, inside dome, lighting (interior and exterior) … beauty

  • Lead: Tatiana
  • Maya
  • Jane
  • Ash
  • Peter
  • Avis
  • +MORE
Kitchen Team

Set-up, cooking team schedule and Reno meal plan

  • Lead: Bob
  • Erica
  • Jen
  • Lupi
  • Maya
LNT / Leave No Trace Team

Trash, recycling, vegetable waste, water

  • Lead: Bob
  • Jane
  • Mikee
  • + MORE
Farmers Market Team

Provisions, smoothies, roster, decor, possible performers

  • Lead: Sean
  • Naked Jen
  • T
  • Danielle
  • Wheezy
  • Peter
 Countless Carrots March Team

Pre-party at camp, costuming and make-up, music, banners, promotion; and post-march party back at the camp

  • Lead: Matt
  • Maya
  • Jane
  • Hannah
  • Ash

Functions

  • Bike maintenance – Ele, Avis & Mikee
  • Bike rental coordinator  – Mikee
  • Bookkeeping and budgeting – Lupi
  • Safety – Fire: Danielle; First Aid: Peter, Hannah, Ele
  • Airport pickup coordinator – Hannah
  • Ride coordinator, into and out of the playa – Blaz
  • Spare tent and equipment coordinator (TBD)
  • Collaboration tool coordinator (Mikee? / TBD)
  • Reno – open & close houses – Tamara
  • Truck / Tetris – Matt &  Max

 

 

Specific actions required of all MC 2014 members now )'(

I’m really excited to be a part of More Carrot again and to see so many amazing people already lined up for this year’s camp. We’ve got a beautiful combination of returning Carrots and virgin Carrots, and I’m very much looking forward to getting to know each and every one of you, planning and preparing for the burn, and doing our Carrot magic in the dust!

Tom’s recent letter addressed foundational elements of who we are, what we do and why we do it. In this letter, I’m asking for you to take specific actions that are part of the behind-scenes prep work we do to prepare and collaborate —

Camp introductions and interviews

Key on everyone’s list of things to do is to —

  1. Answer the three questions we ask of each camp mate (about 15 mins);
  2. Set up a phone or skype call (or Google Hangout) with me/Jessie/Mama J to confirm some key points we need to address and answer any Qs you might have (30-45 minutes); and
  3. Add your personal information to our master list spreadsheet (about 15 mins).
Start reading

Have you seen our camp’s blog? Here you’ll find important information about our camp and your participation, helpful links, updates and announcements. There’s a checklist of things to do and have on your near-term radar here.

Pay your camp contribution

Our camp gift from each campmate is $400 this year. To see all the amenities, camp infrastructure elements and logistics that your gift supports, read here (scroll down). We are collecting each person’s funds starting now, with a payment deadline of June 30th. You can pay in increments of $100 or more, if that helps with your planning and budgeting.

How do you want to contribute and participate on a team?

As we prepare for this year’s burn there will be many opportunities to participate. On playa too, there are many aspects of camp maintenance that require tending, care and thoughtfulness. How do you see yourself contributing? For example, we need people to post information on our WordPress site, to collect camp contributions and track who has paid. We need lighting designers to come up with cool ways to light up our dome’s exterior, bike maintenance people to prep for and clean after the playa. Someone will be managing our public Facebook page. Will it be you? Are you a builder? We have structures that need to be planned and built. Finances to be tracked. Research to do. And much more.

I assume that many/most/all of you are busy and perhaps even feel overwhelmed with all you have to do … and now to prepare for Burning Man, as well! (Though, in my experience, that can be an exhilarating type of overwhelmedness.) There’s going to be a lot asked of you in the coming months, plus your personal prep and team participation may task your time and commitments. Please read the camp emails, be honorable about your commitments and what’s involved to participate in our camp (including the pre-burn admin, reading and emails) and be engaged. Get to know your campmates. We’re going to be spending one amaaaaaaazing week together in the desert!

Spring (… or Autumn, depending on where you live) is just days away. It’s a time of shift and a time to start preparing in more earnest.

Love to you all,

Mama J

PS – Stay tuned for upcoming emails about teams and such. It’s important that we have everyone’s introductions in hand and interviews done or scheduled when we start building out the teams.

Hello Carrots! Kicking off More Carrot 2014.

Hello Carrots!

It’s my enormous pleasure to kick off our planning for the 2014 burn. For those that don’t know me, I’m Major Tom, one of the founders of More Carrot in 2009, making my triumphant return to the playa after a two year break spent breeding a carrot of my very own.

This will be my sixth burn and I’m super-excited to be back. I’ve been so thrilled and so proud to see More Carrot continue and grow and evolve over the past couple of years, investing in infrastructure and solidifying our status as a core theme camp providing a much-loved service on the playa. We’ve learned how to do so much and put so much in place, so this will be a year of consolidation, bedding down the core activities of our camp and better balancing our work with our fun.

More Carrot began in 2009 as part of the Oasis 47 village, a motley group of camps and crews without a core theme. We built a chill space and held the first Countless Carrots March, to stand up to those bullying bunnies. But 2010 was the year we really came into our own, with a completely self-reliant stand-alone camp which featured the Black Rock Farmers Market for the first time.

The idea for the farmers market was a response to that year’s theme of Metropolis. We asked ourselves: what do all our favourite cities have that Black Rock City lacks? And the answer emerged: a farmers market! Since then we’ve added a mobile market, a participatory smoothie maker and other elements but the core ideas is the same: amazing produce, much of it organic and most of it grown locally, kept fresh on the playa and gifted to our fellow citizens in the morning Tuesday-Friday. Let me tell you, sharing a fresh watermelon or apple on the Friday of a Festival in a brutal lifeless desert to someone who probably hasn’t eaten any vegetables for four days is practically a magic trick. The joy and gratitude it creates is spectacular and very energizing. And best of all we’ll be done for the day well before noon. (And you’ll only need to do this one morning.) Civic contribution: tick! 😉

The Countless Carrots March has also gained in strength, becoming literally countless (if you’re lazy and not into counting) and really holding it’s own (in terms of noise and passion) against those damn bunnies, who would otherwise seek to dominate the playa with their greed and insatiability, their funky house and pink ears. It’s a wildly hilarious experience which is always everyone’s highlight of the week.

This should be obvious but we’re a gifting-focused camp. So we do stuff. We put effort and intention into our contributions. We take seriously the personal responsibility to be self-reliant, to know what we’re getting ourselves into and be ready (this includes you first-timers, read the First Timers Guide). And we take seriously the communal effort required to create our camp, our home and our community, and provide a unique and interactive gift to our fellow citizens of Black Rock City. There’s heaps of time to party, to go dancing, do yoga, take photos and look at art or whatever constitutes your own fun, but the starting point is the magic we create together and share with the rest of the city. Black Rock is a city built on magic, on thousands of personal contributions big and small which make the playa home.

Being part of More Carrot means being truly part of this communal effort. There are no tourists and no spectators at our camp. We ask for your participation from this point onwards, as we plan and execute the elements that go into making More Carrot happen: working in teams to ensure that our infrastructure, décor, kitchen and events happen without a hitch, fundraising the thousands of dollars we need to buy, transport, maintain and gift hundreds of pieces of produce on the playa, two days of building and prep in Reno and two days of building the camp on the playa (these overlap, you’ll do two days in one place and one day in the other, depending on which entry team you’re in), one morning working on the market, one night cooking a meal for the camp, constant respect for our Leave No Trace policies and participation in camp maintenance and the sad but necessary work of breaking it all down at the end.

But this is actually the fun stuff! Burning Man is about this participation and communal effort, it’s about what we can create together as a camp and as a city, the awe-inspiring community that emerges from the dust as a result of that effort and then disappears without a trace. Burning Man is about what we all put in and the spirit with which we do so and there’s nothing else like it in the world.

If this sounds like your style, you’re in the right place. If all you want to do is party and get drunk this might not be the right camp for you (although as I said, plenty of time for that also. But be responsible).

I can’t wait to see what we’ll create together this year. I can’t wait to get out there and feel the dust on my face, to see old friends and make new ones, to dance until dawn then gift produce until late morning, to ride art cars, climb on art, discover new camps and re-visit my favourites, to protest the bunnies, build a city, and be part of More Carrot again. And I can’t wait to share all that with you. It’s going to be AMAZING.

With love,

Major Tom.

PS. Announcements like this will be sent by email but in general we’ll be using online tools to stay in touch, not all of them totally decided upon. But we are definitely using a facebook group – More Carrot 2014 – which I hope you’re a member of already. If not contact Jessie or I. Let’s all introduce ourselves and start chatting there. More info on teams and how to get involved in them will be shared soon.

PPS. Thanks for reading this far. Even if I don’t know you I like you already.

Year-round storage

We have a lot of gear, structures, supplies and tools for the camp. And we need year-round storage to keep it all for us. We rent a storage unit outside of Reno, Nev., close to the rental homes where we meet, provision and prep for the burn. This rental unit is accessible any time of the year. We also own a shipping container that is a pack-it-in-get-it-next-year deal. Both of these storage places are part of our camp’s infrastructure and logistical systems.

We allow some year-round storage for campmates 

For people that camp with us and want to keep a small amount of their personal gear year round, we allow our campmates to keep —

  1. one large bin
  2. one cooler and
  3. one bike
… Within the conditions listed here —
  • If you return to camp with us the next year, your gear and your bike is yours to use and there is no charge.
  • If you return to Burning Man the next year but don’t camp with us, there is a $35/bin+cooler and $35/bike storage charge due to the camp ($70).
  • If you do not return the next year and have left a bike, your bike is considered camp property and available for use by another campmate with no compensation due to you, nor any responsibility to keep it in working order. (We’ll try, of course, but we offer no guarantees for the condition — or existence — of your bike.) There is a $50/year fee for storage for your bin and cooler. If you do not pay the annual storage fee, your gear is considered camp property to do with as we please (use, throw away, gift to someone else).
  • If you want to donate any larger items such as a tent, chairs, air mattresses, shade structure or other items, we accept many items as camp donations. You can use them when you return to camp with us, and it is your resonsibility to label them (very) well. We cannot and do not guarantee the condition of any item you donate temporarily to the camp. In other words, you’re giving the item to the camp but you can use it for your own needs when you return and camp with our camp.
An alternative storage option

A storage-unit neighbor and long-time Carrot, Michael V., rents out some of the space in his storage unit. You can always work with him if you’d like to rent space directly from him. Email Michael for more info if you’d prefer to rent storage space from him.

Our physical structures

These are the physical structures our camp has and/or will have this year. First the list; then later, some notes about each.

Just the items

Current inventory
  • A 30-foot dome
  • A kitchen tent (carport)
  • A carport structure
  • 12-foot dome
  • A shipping container
  • Our Budget rental truck
  • Farmers market stall
  • Farmers market ready-to-eat stall
  • Trash tent (lean to or 3-wall, make-shift structure)
  • A scaffold tower
  • Structured shade set up (36×20′ from these folks)
Structures to purchase or build
  • Container guardrail
  • Expanded kitchen set up
Structures we can share
  • French Quarter bay for Farmers Market (possibly)

The list, again, with notes … for those more interested in camp set-up

Current inventory
  • A 30-foot dome (from Shelter Systems)
  • A kitchen tent (a CostCo structure)
  • 12-foot dome (acquired as a left-behind from another camp in 2013; we think we got all the parts!); currently has no articulated purpose; could be a personal care/washing station (not showers), a less-dusty dishwashing area, or something else …
  • A shipping container (8 x 8ish x 20′); top area – dance floor, hang-out space; interior use is our produce cooling area
  • Our Budget rental truck (cab + 24′-ft /7.3-meters truck + plank that is kept out)
  • Farmers market stall (needs a re-do; very bulky to store; hard to assemble; could be more functional)
  • Farmers market ready-to-eat stall (shorter, taller structure; convert it this year to the smoothie station)
  • Carport (often called a Costco in FQ lingo; used in 2014 as the back-kitchen area for the farmers market — critical use)
  • Trash tent (DIY lean-to; we need three “walls” and a secured plastic tarp on the ground for our trash “tent”)
  • A scaffold tower
  • Structured shade set up (36×20′ from these folks)
Structures to purchase or build
  • Expanded kitchen area and resources
  • Possible guard rail around the top of the container (safety)
Structures we can share
  • TBD – French Quarter bay set up (one or two)
Other links for understanding what our camp has 
  • Spreadsheet of structures and sizes here
  • Detailed camp inventory doc here
  • What the camp brings here.
  • Last year’s camp layout (handdrawn, one draft) and CAD version (another draft) for a very tight space allocation.

Draft layout from 2013