Holy Canoli! We made our goal!! Thank you thank you thank you to all of our supporters! We are humbled and elated at the same time.
We are so filled with gratitude and joy that you have made sure we are able to bring the PB&J Cart and Buggy to Caravansary. There's no better feeling than encouragement at this level.
Please help us hit our stretch goal of $5,000! We'd love to cover the 10% Kickstarter fees, cut into the cost of creating rewards, and bring as much peanut butter, jelly and bread (and more!) to the playa as possible.
If you've been on the fence about pledging, now is the time! Contact us and share your reservations or technical issues with Kickstarter and/or Amazon Payments. Also, it has happened to other KS campaigns in the past that a key pledge or two has fallen through and thrown the entire campaign's delivery into question. Please help us make sure that doesn't happen!
Three years ago, on a little spot on C between Chakralicious and the porties in wee Rancho Amarillo, a little wooden cart was born to a camp full of proud parents in Black Rock City. She wobbled and shook her way from Rites of Passage to Fertility 2.0, from Cargo Cult and now into Caravansary. In cart years, she's gone from infant to teenager, and now needs her own wheels, man.
Ever since we retired our Yellow Oktober submarine, we have wanted to give our darling PB&J Cart a dedicated mutant vehicle to be able to move around Black Rock City. Something small, yet strong. Something unique, but matching her charm. Something easy to drive so that anyone can learn it within minutes, and safe enough to maim as few people as possible.
The low profile design of the buggy is a true extension of the cart, creating even more surface area for people to make their own sandwiches, which means less waiting and more eating. We'll have music and microphones, and we can go all night!
Luckily, Donovan Allen -- sculptor, philosopher and leader of Camp Grrr! -- was kind enough to gift us a Terra Tiger 6x6 ATV. These are amazing, amphibious vehicles, in shape, concept and reality.
We had to get it from Seattle to Joshua Tree, where master 4x4 builder Craig Hurd is restoring it. New engine, refurbished frame and axles, new seating arrangement just to get it moving... and then on top of all of that the mutation! It has been an epic undertaking.
Although we have already spent close to $1,500 transporting, replacing the engine, refurbishing the brakes and drive train, cleaning and fixing up the buggy to it's current state, we are looking at another $1,800 for all of the materials, welded steel frame, paneling to match the cart, paint, new steering setup, tow hitch receiver, transport trailer system, and more.
Of course, we still need to buy the 200 lbs of peanut butter, 250 lbs of jelly and 300 loaves of bread, along with all the other gourmet ingredients for which we are world famous, bring it to the playa, care for it, and then leave no trace. Based on past experience, that will easily eat up the other $2,200.
Kidsville here we come!
We are also moving to Kidsville this year, and as part of Black Rock Scouts, burner kids can earn a PB&J badge by grabbing their moms and dads and taking the cart and buggy anywhere on playa to serve the gooey goodness to the masses. One of our new rewards, in fact, is that you can do the same! We can bring the cart to you, you can meet us somewhere, or you can take the cart around on your own and really experience the PB&J lifestyle. Because of this, the buggy needs to be fun, easy and safe to drive, none of which are inexpensive when it comes to mutant vehicles.
Good Spread and The Jelly Queens
Ever since the beginning of the cart, we wanted to support gourmet food companies that have a philanthropic component to their mission statement. We've been following Good Spread (http://helpgoodspread.com/ - make sure to click "The Story", and FB group) from their crowd-funded beginnings, and always wanted to have them represented on the cart. They just started offering their delicious peanut butter in jars, so now we can. Alex Cox and Mark Slagle started with a desire to spread the word about Mana RUTF ("Ready to Use Theraputic Food", designed to fight malnutrition), with the goal of serving 10,000 malnourished children around the world, and ended up with Good Spread, a buy-one-give-one philanthropic company that sells honey-spiked gourmet peanut butter in order to provide as much Mana to the world as they can.
Donna Collins and Susan Schmidt are The Jelly Queens, out of Austin and Dallas, TX, who create "gourmet jams, jellies, spices, sauces and more. Each product is handmade in small batches using sustainable, organic and, whenever possible, locally grown Texas ingredients. They are starting their own TV show, "The Adventures of the Jelly Queens," and each show is shaped around the guest-starring philanthropy/charity, honored as that episode's "Food Does Good." At the 20 person table at the end of the show, 10 of the seats will be offered to the non-profit group to auction off or otherwise raise money for their mission, kind of a small scale crowd-funding documented as an example of what a group of people with integral interests can do.
Because we're concentrating on getting the buggy going, we have a limited supply of past rewards, namely the spatulas, lunch sacks and bandanas (only 2 left!!). Instead of creating new batches of these favorites, we've decided to let them become the coveted eBay collector's items they were always destined to be. Instead, this year we're creating PB&J patches and a t-shirt with an all new design!
Add only $35 to any reward for the CONNOISEUR add-on ($45 if you live overseas): one jar of Good Spread and two jars of The Jelly Queens jelly (flavors picked at random):
We've made this handy chart to explain what you get with each reward (click on it to see a larger version):
Most rewards will be shipped out after this year's burn, but If you indicate that you are able to come by Kidsville, we will have your rewards waiting.
We are rushing to get the t-shirts finished by the beginning of the event. If you pick a reward with a t-shirt in it, please let us know right away what size you'd like, so that we can get the order started as quickly as possible. PLEASE NOTE: If you want to donate at a level where you would normally receive t-shirts and/or Dickies shirts but don't want them, we can make kid sizes and you can donate them to Kidsville families.
Past Kickstarter Campaigns
Here's our Kickstarter video from last year. We're sharing it here because it really captures the feel and flavor of the cart during the event:
For more on the full history of the PB&J Cart, please visit our previous Kickstarter campaigns:
For the uninitated, one of the ten principles of Burning Man is Gifting. At Burning Man, you need to bring everything you need to survive. The only things you can buy are ice and coffee. We do not accept money for these sandwiches - they are our gift to the hungry citizens of Black Rock City. Supporting our cause to stretch goals will enable us to spread the PB&J love that much further.
Risks and challenges
We are highly invested in making sure the PB&J Cart happens on playa. During an early May trip to Gerlach, we gave the cart a complete overhaul and prepped it for solar. It is the primary group gifting that our camp does and we take it seriously. We already have our Nevada Dept. of Health application approved, and our supply transport coordinated. Failure is not an option!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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