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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 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 fruit trees 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 huckleberries
      o wild raspberries
      o salmonberries
      o serviceberries
      o wild blackberries (the tiny, trailing variety)
- OR collect two pounds of:
      o blackberries
      o chokecherries
      o mulberries

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

Clarifications:
 - 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.  
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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.
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Nearly 4 lbs.
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I certify that this badge bit is complete!

 
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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)

Blackcaps/blackberries/huckleberries: 12.5-2.5 ounces= 10 ounces

mostly blackcaps and blackberries with some huckleberries: 13.5-2.5 ounces=11 ounces

blackcaps and blackberries=7.5-2.5= 5 ounces

9.9+10+11+5= 35.9 ounces

(16 ounces in a pound. 35.9/16= 2.24 pounds)
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I used the tare weight button on these red huckleberries. 9.9 ounces
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Blackcaps/blackberries/huckleberries
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view inside
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tare weight
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mostly blackcaps and blackberries with some huckleberries
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More blackberries and blackcaps. Should have taken an inside pic, too, but everyone is sick, so I was in a hurry
 
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Fine print is important to read! I found out I needed pictures of the plants, so I got pictures of some of the huckleberry, blackcap raspberry, and blackberry plants that I harvested from.

I also picked another pound of berries yesterday. and then more today (This should make 5 pounds, so I will have met this badge bit four times. Three of those times will go toward the "Big list")

blackcaps and blackberries=15.5-12.5=  3 ounces + 16-2.5=13.5 ounces  = 16.5 ounces

blackcaps and blackberries=15-2.5= 12.5 ounces +  =15.5-2.5= 13 ounces  = 25.5 ounces

Total from all berry picking: 74 ounces = 4.65 pounds
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tare weight
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berries in two containers because my scale only goes to 1 pound
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blackberries
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huckleberries and blackcap raspberries
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more blackcaps
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berries in two jugs
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Staff note (Mike Jay):

I certify this BB complete!

 
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