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homesteading
instruction, regulation, insurance, safety, etc

This aspect is a list of bits and bobs that don't fit into other badges. Mostly:

- things that don’t fit in the other aspects
- things involving glue, paint, and toxins that we typically want to minimize
- maintaining existing homestead infrastructure
- remodels, repairs, maintenance
- less permaculture and more conventional homestead techniques
- stuff that Otis knows how to do very well and will be judging you harshly

When you inherit the land from Otis, you will probably get two homes.   The “old house” that Otis was born in and the “new house” that Otis built.  Even if you build three new wofatis and most of the property is permaculture heaven, these buildings need to be properly cared for - and that care will require techniques and materials that fall outside of permaculture.  Prove to Otis what you are made of on his terms

sand badge

drive a truck and trailer backwards

(little list) complete 4 of:
   - check the septic tank status
   - fill a sand barrel in the summer
   - sand an icy drive and all paths
   - repair a window screen
   - properly attach/lash something ten feet long or longer to a vehicle
   - create or restock a first aid kit (that needs stocking)
   - install, replace, or recharge a fire extinguisher
   - install a carbon monoxide detector
   - install a smoke detector
   - supply a work site with ample safety glasses, hearing protection, first aid kits, gloves, etc.
   - check a game cam (check pics; fresh memory card and batteries)

(big list) complete 3 of:
   - use tractor and back blade to plow snow
   - sand, prime and paint a rusty patch on a piece of equipment
   - clean/repair/improve the gutters
   - spring cleanup
   - removing unwanted fence
   - install proper fire starting, fire maintenance, and ash handling tools at a fire-burning contraption
   - build a rock jack
   - sweep out a chimney


straw badge

35 points required

Required:
drive a truck and trailer backwards with turns - 1/2 point

Electives
  - Up to 10 points of duplication allowed
  - New items from Sand list allowed (½ point for “little list” items, 1 point for “big list” items)
  - Oddball points allowed (Homesteading Oddball)

Tow a vehicle 100 yards with another vehicle - 1 point
Make a one handed gate latch - 2 points
Repair 400’ of a traditional fence - 2 points
Repair a corner brace for a fence - 2 points
Build a corner brace for a fence - 3 points
Set up a fly trap (drowning style) - ½ point
Set up a mosquito trap - ½ point
Add appropriate minnows/goldfish to animal water trough - ½ point
Get a vehicle/tractor unstuck from mud or snow - 1 point
Jump start a vehicle - ½ point
Put chains on a set of drive tires (tractor, vehicle, etc)  - 1 point
Cover something with a tarp so that it stays put for 6 months - ½ point
Cover cargo with a tarp so it stays dry during transit - ½ point
Set up an equipment file for owner’s manuals and other equipment information - ½ point
Set up a spare parts kit in the shop for a piece of equipment - ½ point
Make, attach and fill a mobile tool kit for a piece of equipment (shear pins, wrench, etc) - 1 point
Make a “carry all” attachment for a tractor - 3 points
Set up a family reference document that explains how each part of the homestead works for the other residents - 1 point
Scythe an area of 100 square feet (ditch, around pole building, etc) - ½ point
Harvest four cubic yards of fertility from a domestic animal system - 1 point
Use a 3 point hitch implement on a tractor (brushhog, box blade, disk, etc) and do work for 15 min - ½ point
Remove snow from a roof safely - 2 points
Spread manure/compost on a pasture - 1/2 point
Dragging/moving a large down tree 100’ for processing (sawmill, firewood, etc) - 1 point
Build a gate for vehicles - 4 points
Clean up messes made by prior owners or trespassers - 2 points per cubic yard
Set up a short term covered materials storage area for peeled logs, fence posts, metal parts, etc - 1 point
Set up a materials storage area for things that don’t need protection (gravel, sand, bricks, blocks, rocks, etc) - 1 point
Set up a hidden boneyard - 1 point
Salvage building materials from a small building - 8 points
Correct a structural defect with an outbuilding - 4-16 points
Fix a leaking roof - 2 points
Solve a mold problem - 5 points
  - Includes identifying and resolving the source of the mold
Correctly make a roof penetration - 2 points
Set up a security camera system - 2-4 points
Whitewash or limewash a barn - 3 points
Repoint 200 sq ft of rubble foundation - 8 points
Winterize the property in the fall - 4 points
Paint a 200 square foot wall - 2 points
Add a lean-to to an existing building - 16 points
Replace roof on a small building (<400 square feet) - 8 points
Make a small Jean Pain compost system (4+ cu yards) - 8 points
Set up a ham radio system (including tower) - 8 points
Run communication cable/wire 40 feet to a new spot - 1 point

wood badge

180 points required

Required:
Drive a truck/tractor/vehicle backwards with a wagon (front wheels of wagon turn with tongue) - ½ pt

Electives:
  - Up to 30 new points (non duplicates) from Straw allowed
  - Up to 40 points of duplication from this Wood list allowed
  - Do a minimum of 3 items from this list
  - Oddball points allowed (Homesteading Oddball)

Salvage building materials from a large down building - 16 points
Salvage and raze a large building - 40-100 points
Move an outbuilding (simple to no foundation) to a new site - 8 points
Move an outbuilding (more involved foundation) to a new site - 16 points
Replace roof on a large building (>400 square feet) - 20 points
Remove a silo - 20 points
Shovel snow and sand ice for a winter (>8 times) - 10 points
Build a free standing shop or barn (>300 square feet) - 80 points
Build a small Oehler style greenhouse (<100 square feet) - 80 points
Build a large Oehler style greenhouse (>100 square feet) - 120 points
Make a large Jean Pain compost system (10+ cubic yards) - 24 points
Put a 3 season (unheated, uninsulated) addition onto a house - 16 points (existing roof), 60 points (new roof)
Put a 4 season (insulated space, to code) addition onto a house (at least 150 square feet) - 120 points

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Do you want a BB page created for each item of the "little list" or just one general BB for the whole little list?  
 
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Mike Jay wrote:Do you want a BB page created for each item of the "little list" or just one general BB for the whole little list?  



Each item.

 
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I think the straw badge should include Scything.

Or saving the straw from harvesting Wheat or Oats or Rye.

Of course I think that because I do it....
 
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How about repairing a flat tire for the big list?  
 
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Spring Cleanup BB: https://permies.com/wiki/118883/PEP-BB-Homesteading-Sand-SpringClean

I'm sure it's not done, but it's there now.
 
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Thanks Lee, I linked it to the Homesteading list!
 
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Mike Jay wrote:How about repairing a flat tire for the big list?  



Wouldn't that be "tool care"?  We have a bunch of other car maintenance and repair stuff there.
 
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I suspect that over the next few months we will add 40 new things to the sand badge lists.   Any suggestions?  
 
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Maybe we need a few BBs like this:


- create a hidden boneyard
- move stuff to a boneyard
- make a boneyard more hidden (less visible)
- take a spot that looks junky and tidy it - probably by putting stuff in a shed or moving it to a boneyard

I feel like this might be the beginning of 20 things - and these 20 things might very well be the most important things to Otis.

 
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How about chimney sweeping on the "big list"?
 
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Mike Jay Haasl wrote:How about chimney sweeping on the "big list"?



Make it so!
 
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I think I've just qualified for the Homesteading Sand badge!

Back up a trailer

Little list (do 4):
Fill sand barrel
Lash something long to a vehicle
Install smoke detector
Trail cam

Big list (do 3):
Sweep chimney
Remove fence
Clean gutters
Staff note (Nicole Alderman) :

Congratulations and well-earned, Mike! Here's your SEVENTH badge!!!

 
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I think I've just qualified for the Straw badge in Homesteading which requires 35 points!

Required task:
Back a trailer around obstacles  1/2 point

Electives:
Remove snow from a roof 2 points
Fix a leaking roof  2 points
Add a lean-to to an existing building  16 points
Oddball for doors on my sugar shack 10.5 points
Oddball for removing a compost bin structure  4 points

Total 35 points
 
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Looks good Mike. Done!
 
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I think I qualify for my first Sand badge in Homesteading.

Do:
  • drive a truck and trailer backwards


  • Do 4 of (little list):
  • check the septic tank status
  • properly attach/lash something ten feet long or longer to a vehicle
  • replace, or recharge a fire extinguisher
  • check a game cam (check pics; fresh memory card and batteries)


  • Do 3 of (big list):
  • use tractor and back blade to plow snow
  • clean/repair/improve the gutters
  • sweep out a chimney


  • Staff note (Mike Barkley) :

    Looks good. You're really on a roll with the BB's. Keep going!!!

     
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    I think I have qualified for the Straw badge in Homesteading which requires 35 points.

    Required task:
  • drive a truck and trailer backwards with turns - 1/2 point


  • Electives:
  • Jump start a vehicle - ½ point
  • Use a 3 point hitch implement on a tractor (brushhog, box blade, disk, etc) and do work for 15 min - ½ point
  • Spread manure/compost on a pasture - 1/2 point
  • Dragging/moving a large down tree 100’ for processing (sawmill, firewood, etc) - 1 point
  • Clean up messes made by prior owners or tresspassers - 16 points
  • Set up a hidden boneyard - 1 point
  • Add a lean-to to an existing building - 16 points


  • Total 36 points
    Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

    Congratulations! Granted

    $10 says you can't get Wood done in a week

    Staff note (jordan barton) :

    mike beat me to it.

    Congratulations!

     
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    Shawn Klassen-Koop wrote:straw badge - 35 points required
    Electives
      - Up to 10 points of duplication allowed
      - New items from Sand list allowed (½ point for “little list” items, 1 point for “big list” items)
      - Oddball points allowed (Homesteading Oddball)


    Could you clarify the duplication as it is different for different badges?
    Up to 10 points of duplication allowed from the Straw BB list OR from the Straw or Sand BB list

    The first is implied by saying that new items for the sand list are allowed but I would like to verify since I got inspired by replacing fire extinguishers and I already did it at my sister's and I'm going to replace them at my parent's place and a friend's as well.  
     
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    It's for Sand or Straw.  So if you had the Sand badge already but hadn't done that BB, you could do it 21 times in Straw.  Once since it's a new item from Sand and then you can duplicate up to 10 points (1/2 point x 20 times).

    If you had done it when you got your Sand badge, you can only do it 20 more times now in Straw.  

    The duplication is in total though so if you do two more fire extinguishers for 1 total point, you can only duplicate 9 points elsewhere during the Straw badge.
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