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7 Steps to MOOP Magic on the Paddock

As Seed approaches and anticipation builds, the last thing you might be thinking about is the maggot infested food scraps that have to be taken home because someone in your camp brought an oversupply of perishable food which all turned into an icky mess of decomposing grossness in the stifling paddock heat.

Thinking ahead and pre-planning is critical to making sure you avoid this and other potential MOOP (Matter Out Of Place) related disasters.

Hopefully, you already know that there are no rubbish bins at Seed – except the ones you bring, which you then take away with you. So be prepared to manage and transport all your compost, recyclables, and general waste.

If this is your first Burning Seed you will soon learn that the less MOOP you bring, the less MOOP you have to deal with during the burn, and the less MOOP you have to take back off site with you. MOOP Magic* is all in the preparation – it’s about not bringing MOOP to Seed in the first place.

Hot MOOP Magic tips from experienced burners

  1. Food not MOOP - Be realistic about how much food you will get around to cooking and eating. Any perishable food you don’t eat/drink is not going to be pretty after a week in the heat. We shouldn’t have to spell it out, but don’t bring a whole chicken and then realise too late that you have to take the rotting carcass home with you.

     

  2. Composting – you can’t throw your food scraps in Matong State Forest. Yes, that includes those pistachio shells and orange peels. The forest is a semi-arid grassland habitat: nutrient-rich food scraps from 4000 burners in one week will promote invasive weeds that out-compete native species. Plan for your food scraps (ideally don’t create any). Work out how you are going to get them home to a compost heap. Bokashi composting is a great solution, as you will avoid nasty odors associated with bagging your compost. Since the bucket you use should be tightly sealed, you avoid maggot infestation. See below for some Bokashi composting info.

     

  3. Packaging – Strip off excess packaging from anything new before you leave home, including food items. Remove any boxes or wrappers or anything that will instantly become recycling or waste when you get to Seed. Basically, don’t bring MOOP to Seed in the first place!

     

  4. Bins – Even with the best MOOP Magic skills you will likely end up with some recycling, compost and waste to deal with. Whether you choose reusable hard plastic tubs or garbage bags, make sure you have a plan before you leave home. If using garbage bags get strong ones to ensure they go the distance – which is all the way home with you. It’s not ok to dump your waste at the nearest town, and, be advised that the local tip will not be open on the Monday public holiday in NSW.

     

  5. Glitter and other itsy bitsy things – Glitter can be fun for some, however when it ends up in the intestinal track of a worm (or the bird that eats the worm) it has lost its sparkle. So shine from within and avoid wearing anything that can fall off your beautiful self. Avoid MOOP mayhem by not having loose, sequins, bindis, bean bag beans or other little things. If you can’t guarantee it won’t come loose, leave it at home – especially feather boas. If bringing carpet – gaff the edges to stop loose fibers fraying and flying free.

     

  6. Smokers – Ciggy butts are our number one Leave No Trace problem at Seed. Smokers are encouraged to bring a personal pocket butt bin. Old mint tins, containers, or film canisters work a treat. Bling them up, make them yours, and bring some spares for your fellow burners. Represent for your less-conscious smoker buddies and pick up any piggy butts you see around the paddock. Have a friendly chat to anyone you see ditching their ciggies on the ground – ask them if they have a pocket butt bin, and if not, why not? All smokers at Burning Seed should have one!

     

  7. Community participation – We are all in this together. If you see MOOP while out and about on the paddock, somebody should pick it up, and you are somebody! Carrying a dedicated MOOP bag with you can really help. If you see a fellow burner MOOPing, have a chat. When you see others picking up MOOP, cheer them on!

Speak up on behalf of the forest and help ensure that together we Leave No Trace.

Continue reading below for some information on Bokashi composting.

Set up a rubbish and recycling system at your camp

Carry a bag around the Paddock and pick up any MOOP you find

Carry a small tin around to dispose of your cigarette butts in

Bokashi composting

This is an anaerobic composting system that uses bran inoculated with beneficial microbes to ferment the compost. The microbes are yeasts (Saccharomyces spp.), bacteria that produce lactic acids (Lactobacillus spp.), and phototrophic purple non-sulfur bacteria (Rhodopseudomonas spp.).

Steps

  1. Food scraps of all kinds — including meat and dairy products banned from aerobic systems — are placed in the bokashi bucket with some inoculated bran (available for around $10 - $15), and sealed. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of mix for every cup of scraps. Use more when adding high protein foods, eg meat, fish, cheese and eggs.
  2. Every second day, the leachate that is an inevitable byproduct of anaerobic composting needs to be drained. This leachate (juice) can then be diluted at a ratio of 1:100 when you get home, and used as a liquid fertilizer for your garden. Make sure you have a bottle to collect the leachate in and do not pour out at Matong State Forest as it will promote invasive weeds.
  3. When the bucket is full, it needs to stay sealed for ten to twelve days. Then, you can either dig a hole in your garden, and put the compost into it, where it will become friable soil in two weeks time. Or incorporate your fermented Bokashi waste in to your normal compost heap, where it will act as a compost activator.

A single Bokashi bucket should provide enough space for all of the compostable waste that you create at Seed over a week.

More info on Bokashi composting: http://www.bokashi.com.au/Bokashi+One/How+it+Works.html

How to make your own Bokashi bucket: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2Ld_O45xGs

*No magic skills actually required – MOOP Magic is an illusion achieved through basic pre-planning and common sense*

Nat Giffney, LNT 2iC

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Kitchen Crew Looking for a 2iC

Do you know your way around the kitchen? Do you want to be a part of the pre-event action? Do you feel like spending extended time in heaven (AKA the paddock)? This is an exciting opportunity for a 2iC to join the Yum Yums Crew in the Stockade Kitchen. The Yum Yums prepare meals add fuel to the fire of the souls who work tirelessly to build the Effigy, Temple, and prepare the site. Don’t worry though, they all do their own dishes!

What is involved?

This is a bigger time commitment than most roles as you will need to be on site some weeks before the event, but wouldn't that be amazing? For your hard work and dedication, you will rewarded with 3 meals a day, snacks and a tea/coffee station, one prepared meal per day during the event and access to kitchen food stores 24/7. Not to mention HOT SHOWERS and camping with an awesome crew.

If you can commit to 4.5 weeks to living the burn, we’d love to hear from you. Register your interest for Kitchen at http://burningseed.com/participate/communitycrew/

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The loo crew needs you!

Does a bear shit in the woods? Not at Burning Seed!

The Sanitation Services team is seeking new recruits for 2017 - burners who aren’t afraid to get down and dirty (not literally, we’ll be keeping you clean under the guidance of our Squeaky Queen!) and help deal with our toilets and other on site waste in a hygienic and environmentally friendly way.

To help us Leave No Trace we have portaloo toilets on site which are emptied twice a day by an external service provider. Our dangerous human burner waste gets turned into awesome renewable energy as biogas, and a safely sterilised fertiliser called biosolids which is used by farmers all over the world. Sometimes science and technology are amazing and poo is kind of cool.

The Sanitation Crew replenishes toilet paper and hand sanitiser in the portaloos, helps oversee the toilet pump outs safely in a sanitary manner keeping burners away from that shenanigan, generally makes sure the loo situation is not a hazard to human health (important!), and also deals with the waste from the different burns on site and other crew rubbish sources to help keep the Leave No Trace side of Burning Seed left nice and traceless.

Does this sound like you? Each loo crew member will need to do a 4 hour shift - you can do more if you’re gung ho. You’ll need to be onsite by Tuesday 26th September so that you can be part of our crew induction at 9am on Wednesday 27th September. You’ll need to wear covered shoes but you’ll be given all the personal protective gear you need otherwise (disposable aprons, gloves, garbage bags, hand sanitiser). And for being part of our crew you'll get early entry, showers & meals at the Stockade and also loads of kudos!

For more info on what it takes to be part of the number 1 and number 2 team on the paddock, check out the Sanitation Crew FAQ. For further details on the role and what it involves, contact the lovely Lara Warren at sanitation@burningseed.com.

To step up on the throne and sign yourself up to join the team, fill in the Burning Seed crew registration survey and select the option “Sanitation Services”.

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Peer Rangers looking for a 2IC

We all get by with a little help from our friends, but sometimes there’s a little extra help needed! The Peer Rangers provide emotional support on the Paddock & they (might) want you!

Do you want to get creative in supporting and encouraging respectful relationships of all kinds on the Paddock? Do you think you could help update policies and procedures, train an awesome team of Rangers and PEER's, drive a targeted awareness campaign, create posters and, most importantly, lend an ear when an ear is needed most? (Less commitment than Van Gogh required). This is a program, policy and engagement role where you will get your hands dirty! 

LadySparkles - Team Lead of Peer Rangers shared some of her most memorable moments in the role: "Sometimes it doesn’t take much to make a difference. You might just have the privilege of giving the exact thing someone needs at the exact time they need it".

LadySparkles is searching for the perfect 2IC - someone to plan for the future with, someone with experience in a helping profession (i.e. counselling / crisis intervention / sexual assault counselling / festival experience such as Nest at Rainbow or Mental Health Branch at Burning Man) who is passionate about building a safe and supportive community into our future. Time commitments will fluctuate, but weekly contact generally at a minimum a few months leading up to the event.

If this sounds like you, please read the following, and click through to the position description and get in touch: http://burningseed.com/blog/wanted-2ic-for-when-the-going-gets-tough/

*** there are a lot of you heading to the USA this year, if you’re interested - get in touch, we can be flexible with time commitments***

LadySparkles - PEER Team Lead

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Suggest a theme for Burning Seed 2017!

It's time to get the theme selection for Burning Seed 2017 rolling! 

Do you want Seed 2017 to be space themed? Ocean themed? Unicorn themed? NOODLE THEMED? The Burning Seed theme is decided in collaboration with the community, so we're asking for your suggestions on what the theme could be to have it decided by early 2017. 

To submit a suggestion for next year's theme, let us know right here. 

We'll update you soon with what themes are suggested and the next steps. 

Note: We know you're eager for updates on the status of your 2016 ticket refund, and so are we. We've decided to move forward with planning for the 2017 event so that we can remain as organised as possible, while waiting on the final word from our insurance company. You can check out our most recent update on refunds from December 5, right here.

 

Burn Bright )'(