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The PB&J Cart is ready to feed Burning Man 2013. Come join our Cargo Cult to help make sure she's properly stocked for the whole week!
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Imagine walking around in the middle of the desert, and stumbling across a cart...where people are gifting peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...is it a mirage?

Thanks to all of our 2012 Kickstarters, it was a reality! You exceeded our dreams last year. We asked for $2000 and you gave us $3566! We put those funds to use and served PB&J to the masses and served over 2500 people! Doing this required over 300 loaves of bread and over 80 large jars of peanut butter and jelly.

We served at our camp. We served at the Thunderdome on Kidsville night. We took the cart to Kidsville, to the deep playa cinema, to late night dance parties. The cart seemed to pop up wherever people needed it most, and the burners were nourished and grateful.

As a camp, we got the chance to meet so many cool people through the cart. We gave some people from other countries their first ever PB&J sandwiches. And we listened to concerns that we should try to provide gluten-free bread, spreads for those with peanut allergies, and most importantly...Nutella!

This year we want to do all that and more, so we are once again asking for $2000 and hoping to meet a stretch goal of $4000. The $2000 will enable us to repeat last year’s performance with some new surprises and cover our basic costs. $4000 would cover the cost of incorporating some higher-end ingredients like Nutella and organic jams and spreads into our repertoire. A little luxury on the playa can go a long way.

PB&J Cart History

At Burning Man in 2007 (aka Green Man), we burners Wisky (aka Julie Wiskirchen) and Massive (aka Bill Gilman) found ourselves with excess peanut butter and jelly at the end of the week. We went around to other camps asking for leftover bread and then took the supplies in a little red wagon -- which became a makeshift table atop two sawhorses -- setting up a PB&J gifting stand at various playa festivities. The burners we encountered were delighted to bite into the delicious sandwiches and had very definite opinions about the correct ratio of peanut butter to jelly, and on which bread, often wanting to make their own.

PB&J Cart Design
PB&J Cart Design

Fast forward to 2011 and the Rites of Passage, with a larger camp and more resources, Wisky and Massive, along with members of our camp, built The PB&J Cart. We asked each camp member to bring a loaf of bread, jar of peanut butter and a jar of jelly for a “PB&J in PJs” event listed in the What When Where for Wednesday. With $600 worth of supplies ("street" value, eg. Trader Joe's sizing and pricing), we thought we’d have enough supplies for the whole week, but ran out in an hour and twenty minutes!

For the uninitiated, 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. 

Rewards

We have some way cool new rewards and favorites from last year's campaign! 

Rewards will be mailed out after the burn in September, but we will have bandanas and spatulas at our camp, so if you are going to the Burn, you are welcome to come visit us at 4:30 and D and collect your rewards - and a tasty sandwich!

Risks and challenges

We are highly invested in making sure the PB&J Cart happens on playa. During an early July trip to Gerlach, we fixed up the cart and brought the top signage home for updating. 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. We will leave camp mid-week to get more fresh bread to ensure optimum tastiness. Failure is not an option!

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    PB&J CHEF! Our gratitude and warm fuzzy feeling that you have fed 10 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    AGENT OF KINDNESS! Two fantastic PB&J stickers, plus the good feeling that you have fed 20 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    BANDITO FOR GOOD! A gorgeous PB&J bandana, plus 2 stickers, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Patron, plus the good feeling that you have fed 40 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    LOVE SPREADER! A unique PB&J spatula, designed to get every last morsel of peanut butter or jelly out of the jar, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Patron, plus two awesome PB&J stickers, plus the good feeling that you have fed 50 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    LUNCH BUDDY! A PB&J logo reusable lunch sack, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Patron, plus two awesome PB&J stickers, plus the good feeling that you have fed 70 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    PATRON! You pick 2 of our 3 rewards - bandana, spatula, and lunch sack. Plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Patron, plus two awesome PB&J stickers, plus a special surprise, plus the good feeling that you have fed 100 hungry citizens of Black Rock City.

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    FASHIONISTA! A stylish PB&J lunch sack, a spatula, two bandanas, two awesome stickers, a special surprise, and we’ll add your name to the the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Cognoscenti, and, of course, the good feeling that you have fed 150 hungry citizens of Black Rock City

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    BENEFACTOR! All of the $75 level rewards, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Benefactor, plus you and a group of 20 friends can come to our camp for a private PB&J party for one hour. We will provide sandwiches and beverages. A time will have to be pre-arranged.

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    SUPER EXPLORER! All of the $75 level rewards, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 SUPER EXPLORER, plus, in keeping with this year’s Cargo Cult theme, you can lead a cart expedition. You will determine when and where we take the cart and you will help serve for a 1-2 hour playa adventure. You can also bring up to 10 friends to help and to feast. A time will have to be pre-arranged.

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    SUPER BENEFACTOR! - All of the rewards of the $75 level, plus the PB&J cart will visit your camp and provide PB&J to up to 50 guests! You will also be listed on the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Super Benefactor. A time will have to be pre-arranged.

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    LIFETIME BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEMBER! In collaboration with our culinary team, you will have the chance to create and name a sandwich and your photo and the directions to make the sandwich will be mounted on the cart. Like Fig Jam, Almond Butter, and Capt Crunch on Wheat Bread? Maybe Nutella and Bananas and Peanut Butter on Wonder Bread? You can have it your way...and others will be inspired to have it your way too. Plus you will get all the rewards of the $75 level and a very special mention on the plaque.

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    PATRON! A way cool and very limited PB&J t-shirt, a gorgeous bandana, plus your pick of a unique PB&J spatula or lunch sack, plus we’ll add your name to the plaque on the cart as a 2013 Patron, plus two awesome PB&J stickers, plus a special surprise, plus the good feeling that you have fed 100 hungry citizens of Black Rock City. We only have 8 shirts left in stock, so sign up fast if you want one!

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