This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum. Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in Foraging.
Foraging is like gardening but without all the planting, weeding, nibbler protection or watering. If you live in the country there are lots of road sides to search. If you live in the suburbs there are tons of fruittrees that need to get picked. In the city there are many businesses and parks with edible landscaping. Just make sure you aren't trespassing when you work on this BB.
Plant identification is the most important part of foraging. Get one or two good books on the edibles of your region. Be sure you know what you're picking!
To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
- Collect one pound (total) of:
o wild raspberries
o wild blackberries (the tiny, trailing variety)
- OR collect two pounds of:
To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
- A picture of one of the plants the berries came from
- A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
- The 1 lb list or the 2 lb list can comprise any combination of the berries listed to add up to the required weight (ie one pound of chokecherries and a pound of mulberries satisfies the 2 lb list)
- This is "Foraging" so the plants can not be cultivated by you. They can be a tree in a neighbor's yard or wild trees but not ones you maintain.
This tree has the best tasting mulberries of any I have ever had. If anyone would like to point me in the right direction re: collecting mulberry scion wood and grafting, or air-grafting mulberry, I’m all ears. I’ve tried unsuccessfully for 3 or 4 years.
Harvested using the ol’ shake onto a tarp trick.
"Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup." - Wendell Berry
It's wild berry season here. I've been picking red hucklberries and blackcap raspberries and the tiny trailing blackberries. Since there's only so many berries in a given day, I'm taking pictures as I fill buckets, working toward 1 pound
Huckleberries: 9.9 ounces (used the tare button on the electric scale...which promplty ran out of batteries, so the others are taken on the analogue scale)