Photography by Mark Hammon

The Harvest

In an area of the Black Rock Desert, known as the Great Boiling Springs, mineral-rich mud finds it’s way to the earth’s surface through small bubbling mud volcanoes and mudpots. These geological features erupt sporadically producing a limited volume of mud each year. All of our mud is carefully hand harvested to help protect and preserve the precious resource.

In order to ensure long-term sustainability, Black Rock Mud Company carefully monitors both the Spring and Fall harvests. The mud is then packaged, and the quantity of jars available for that harvest is determined.

Much like the production of fine wine, some years yield a better harvest than others-and in the same way a wine grower manages his vineyard, no mud is harvested before its time. Once each “crop” is gathered in, we wait with anticipation for the next harvest.