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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The Moop Song: Featuring Buddy Carrot

As the good people at the Jack Rabbit Speaks wrote about this video. Couldn’t have said it better ourselves!

We don’t even … know … what to say about this, except that this dude is AWESOME. Hear what may just be the best (!!) song ever written about Matter Out of Place (MOOP). And the bonus? It’s a sing-along! Created by 2012 virgin Burner Shwaman Josh of The More Carrots (a Black Rock farmer’s market in the French Quarter Village).

Lyrics

Here’s our story its sad and true
About some trash and a carrot crew
we took some stuff and threw it around
and now we gotta pick it up off the ground

Chorus:
Moop Moop
Bumda moopty moopy, moop moop
Bumda moopty moopy, moop moop
Bumda moopty moopy, moop moop

We are the carrots and we’re good for the heart
we’re biodegradable and that’s a start
but listen people what we’re telling you
we gotta pick up all of the moop

We on the playa, it’s a grand ole place
and we tell you all, don’t be a disgrace
so if you don’t want to stay out of the loop
you gotta pick up all of the moop

Chorus

Ahh people like to travel around
and throw stuff all over the ground
now people let us put you wise
trash is something we despise

Here’s the moral and the story from a root that knows
that when it’s trash you gotta dispose
Don’t be a fool, we’re here to tell you, today
we gotta pick up all of the moop

Countless Carrot March

So you’ve heard of the Billion Bunny March? Every year at Burning Man, billions of bunnies run wild across the playa, celebrating their freedom and diversity in this renowned and illustrious event. However, many citizens of Black Rock City are unaware that an underlying discrimination is rampant amongst bunny communities, who express a general superiority to their food source (made famous by the respected rabbit, Bugs Bunny).

However, the Countless Carrots will express the dignity and inherent worth of carrots in the face of hurtful, persistent bunny prejudice. All carrots will be invited to our camp for a pre-party, where we will serve drinks, dress proudly in orange and provide sign-making equipment. Then we’ll head out to meet the bunnies on the playa.

You decide what happens next.

Pack your best carrot costume. War paint in orange and green welcome. Protest march signage, too. And join us each year, Thursday afternoon, for our Countless Carrots March pre-party at our camp before we head out to show the bunnies, that we are Friends, Not Food.

Check out the Carrots at 4:38

 

And see how we stormed the Man last year, chanting Friends, Not Food, at 1:59

Our Leave No Trace / LNT System

We provide a full Leave No Trace / LNT system on playa. And the only way it can be an LNT system, is if each and every one of us participates thoughtfully and consciously every time we create any physical or gray-water waste. Here’s what you’ll find in our camp —

Trash, Recycling and Burnables

In the kitchen, you’ll find, large lidded bins for sorting —

  • trash
  • glass
  • plastic
  • aluminum/steel
  • burnables – cardboard/large dry paper
  • wet organic waste (uncooked vegetable/fruit scraps)

All sorted trash and recyclables, when filled, are moved to a three-walled trash tent with a tarp below. Plenty of air gets in to help dry wet trash. The tarp protects the playa from any potential leaks. We keep a roll of bright-colored duct tape strung and connected to the trash tent so that we can mark trash bags as trash. (They get handled differently at the end of our sojourn.)

It is very important that with each action of throwing something away, each and everyone of us consciously sorts our trash.

Wet organic material waste

Wet organic waste is uncooked vegetable and fruit scraps. Clean bread is ok. No meat, wet grains, dairy or oils. All such wet waste is put in burlap bags where excess liquid first drips into a bucket (the liquid going to our grey water system). Then when about half full, the burlap bags are tied up and taken over to our drying station. This station is a large tarp upon which place the bags on an assembly of boards that keep the bags a few inches off off the ground. It’s important that the bags not be too full nor too wet. We’re aiming for d-r-y here. We do not “compost,” per se. We dessicate. Anyone who wishes to take this dessicated material home is welcome to do so; otherwise, it is part of our trash at the end of the week.

Grey water

The most important two things with grey water are to 1) reduce the total amount of water that gets contaminated as grey water and 2) diligence regarding what goes into the water. Number 1 requires your conscious effort. Number 2 does as well, namely in the form of taking a paper towel and thoroughly wiping all excess food and oils off your plates and other dishes before putting them in the water. In some cases (many!) your dishes will actually be clean if you do a good job with your paper towel.

We use a four-part water-based dishwashing system with water+soap in bin #1, water with less soap and some bleach in bin #2, clean water with bleach in bin #3 and bleach-free water in bin #4.

Dirty grey water should be dumped into the grey water collection container.

A note about melted ice and water in your cooler: Water from your coolers/eskies should be dispersed. To disperse mostly clean water, fling small amounts of water over a wide area of the playa so that the water evaporates quickly. Dumping water often creates mud ponds which dry and become shallow dips in the playa. We get docked MOOP points from the BMorg’s post-burn MOOP scan for such dips. Obviously, if there are any food particles in your cooler water, dispose of them first.

Burnables

While we used to be able to burn cardboard, paper trash and our dried wet food waste (the playa version of our compost), the BMorg now limits burnables to construction waste and large wood items only.

de-MOOPing

Throughout the week, please be cognizant of MOOP. Pick it up when you see it. Need some quiet time around the camp,  deMOOP for 10-15 minutes. Every bit of any Matter Out Of Place needs to be picked up. Also around the farmers market area and the public roads in front of our camp; these areas are high traffic and someone needs to clean them up. Actually, lots of someone’s. We’re in a more dense area so there’s just going to be more MOOP that comes from density.

Pack-down and Exodus

As we pack down and before we do our exodus from the camp and the playa, we do a full camp sweep, including line sweeps, raking, sifting and visual spotting for MOOP. We also do a MOOP sweep in an around the area where our farmers market stall was located in the French Quarter.

MOOP Flash Mobs

Is this your calling? To create a deMOOP flash mob choreography? We’ve got the song, now we just need a dance.

Shade!

While many in our camp get up fairly early for their farmers market shifts, many others sleep in or take afternoon naps or hang out in their tents. Our shaded tent area makes this possible, and we aim to make sure that each tent is covered and in the shade most of the day.

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Above is a photo of our larger-than-it-looks shade structure for tents. Anchored to our 24-foot truck on one end and the playa at the other, we were able to provide shade space for all 29 of our campmates; many of whom were in shared tents, of course; others of whom had larger tents. All in all, each tent was shaded. Image

With lots of care and attention, we arranged each tent for a path to get in and out of our shaded area with relative ease. No tents were staked in until each and every tent was perfectly situated.

Our amazing dome on the playa!

We had a fantastic dome this past year and have all the items in storage to make it as grand, comfy, functional and awesome in the years to come. With a full floor of real carpet, chairs, couches, a queen bed, coffee tables and end tables, chandeliers, pillows, a sound system and tons of fun Carrot-themed accessories, our dome was a great place for hanging out, our VIC (Very Important Carrot) dinner, napping, gathering after a late night out and, of course, our group meals together.

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De-Moopin’ In the Dust

De-Moopin’ In the Dust
(Sung to the tune of Singin’ in the Rain)

by Burn Lockwood

Moop-dmoo-moo-moo-moo
Moop-dmoo-moo-moo-moo
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Moop-dmoo-moo-moo-moo…

Screen Shot 2013-04-29 at 9.13.22 PMI’m de-mooping in the dust
Just de-mooping in the dust
What a glorious feelin’
I’m not goin’ to fuss
I’m laughing out loud
So put on a glove
It’s fun from the start
I’m de-mooping with love
We gotta leave truly no trace
Matter’s out of place
Come on sing again
we’ve a smile on our face
We do what we must
No Hint of Disgust
Just De-Moopin
De-Moopin in the Dust

De-Moopin in the Dust
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
Dee-ah dee-ah dee-ah
We do what we must
I’m De-moopin’ and discardin’ in the dust!

I’m discardin’ and de-moopin’ in the dust …

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