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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Animal Care.

In this Badge Bit you will scythe a field and make at least one bale of hay.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Abcf3QPqV2M



https://permies.com/t/49129/permaculture-projects/Bale-Press-Wheaton-Labs



To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - you must scythe and dry green grass
 - you must make at least one bale of hay

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, post pictures or a short video depicting:
 - a field that you are about to scythe
 - an action picture of harvesting/gathering the hay
 - the scythed field with the grass drying
 - the hay going into the manual baler
 - your one bale of hay
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Just to clarify, we can only do this BB if we have a manual hay baler?  What if we carefully tie the proper amount of hay together?  Thanks.
 
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Correct, the baler gives you a much more repeatable bale that will stack nicely and be easy to distribute/use.  Luckily there's a BB for making a baler in the Straw level

Making a hay stack could be a future BB someday...
 
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There is alfalfa coming up in my orchard. So, my girls and I decided to cut it down and save some. Even though I bought a wonderful, new sickle, and I was excited to use it for this project..... my teenage son used it for something else and now I can't find it. oy! Anyways, so we used kitchen shears and a machete for this project.... haha! Sore backs now! I can see why a scythe would be a good investment.  We cut a few wheelbarrows full of alfalfa hay and laid it out to dry. Next, we stuffed it into a plastic tote and bundled it with yarn. I want to use something sturdier next time for the twine. But all in all, these 4 bales should feed our rabbits for a month over the winter. If we get a second or third cutting off these plants, we may even feed them through the winter!
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hay growing in the orchard
hay growing in the orchard
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big knife to cut this plant
big knife to cut this plant
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my daughter laying out the hay to dry
my daughter laying out the hay to dry
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4 dried bales of hay
4 dried bales of hay
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using the plastic tote baler method
using the plastic tote baler method
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Casie Becker flagged this submission as not complete.
BBV price: 1
Note: https://permies.com/wiki/149148/pep-animal-care/Build-Manual-Hay-Baler-PEP I am sorry but this badge bit works as a follow up to building a manual bailer. As someone who doesn't have either bb, I am impresses with your set up, though.

Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

I don't think using a homemade baler is officially a prerequisite for this BB.  But it does say "scythe" and you can't have help with it so I think it's still correct that it got rejected.

 
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Suit to my hand baler.
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Field to mow
Field to mow
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Scythe in action
Scythe in action
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Hay drying
Hay drying
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Compacting
Compacting
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Bale done!
Bale done!
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R Parian approved this submission.
Note: That is impressive!  Nice job!

 
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