- Mar 30, 2022
2021 Barstow, Ca Desert Clean UpThe team at BL-GT was asked to help cook again for another desert clean up. Although honored... we were nervous to say the least. How many people Adam - Director of operations - 500-700? With that said planning, more planning, and eventual prep for the event went underway. We had cooked for the last event at Hodge Rd (READ HERE) which had sub 200 attendees. For a couple of hacks who cook on the weekends for family and friends we were able to pull that one off with far less planning. This event had an anticipated 500-700 attendees so we needed to step up our game and recruit some help. We called up some folks we could count on, organized via a spreadsheet for food consumption, and set out a game plan for how the 3-4 hour cook session would go. Even with a 'plan' we were nervous. Did we have anything to lose??? Our ego's maybe, but we'd probably get over it within a few weeks. NOT THE POINT - People were taking time out of their personal lives to help KEEP PUBLIC LANDS OPEN for all, we were there to support them, which in turn supports ALL OF US. We knew after a day of cleaning up TRASH left by TRASHY people the last thing anyone would want would be TRASH food. We had our work cut out. With the right folks, the right food, and & the right organization to back all of this up we had a job to do. We wanted to OWN that job. We wanted to make sure that everyone had something to look forward to for the next time a Desert Clean-up is happening.
Prep started early. We had to set up all of the canopy's, grills, table layout along with who managed what grill and/or cook station.