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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 Natural Medicine.

In this badge bit, you will harvest, dry and store oregon grape stem or root bark



You need to dry enough to make a tea, infusion or decoction.

To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested
- a picture of your herbs drying (hanging, in a dehydrator, or in a bag, etc)
- a picture of your herbs in a sealed and labelled container.
    - label shows where the herbs came from, the date and method of drying.
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I'm the first one to do this BB?? Sweet!
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Pulled them out and followed the running root.
Pulled them out and followed the running root.
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I scraped the bark off of the root and dried them on a tray.
I scraped the bark off of the root and dried them on a tray.
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Little yellow shavings, they dried very quickly.
Little yellow shavings, they dried very quickly.
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All set
All set
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Oregon Grape - stem bark

I chose a patch growing near the front of my house. There are quite a few mature mahonias, some taller than I am, and so many seedlings. Gathered softwood cuttings,  rinsed, and scraped the bark off the stems using a pocket knife. Strip the bark while very fresh and green. Bark that is dried to the stem is hard to remove. The sticks were reserved for a future project (see Make a Loom). Bark peelings were hung in a mesh bag in the shade to dry. Less than 48 hours at 90 degrees F.  About 2 cups dried was put into an 8oz jar and labeled.
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patch in front yard
patch in front yard
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flowers, leaves, and stems to peel
flowers, leaves, and stems to peel
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peeled, air dried, storage
peeled, air dried, storage
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I've pruned this one several times over 10 years, and it is still way over my head.
I've pruned this one several times over 10 years, and it is still way over my head.
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I harvested several stems about this size. Not tiny, but not old wood.
I harvested several stems about this size. Not tiny, but not old wood.
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Note: Please post a photo of the Oregon grape being harvested and the dried material in a correctly labelled jar

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Please show a picture of the Oregon grape being harvested.
Note the wording "being harvested"
"To show you've completed this Badge Bit, you must post:
- a picture of your fresh herbs being harvested"

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We went on an edible nature walk in the Boise foothills this morning. Our guide Ray pointed out this Oregon Grape and I harvested a little piece.
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Don’t mind the other plant
Don’t mind the other plant
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Here’s what I actually harvested
Here’s what I actually harvested
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Stem bark, see the yellow?
Stem bark, see the yellow?
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Naked stick
Naked stick
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On cheese cloth so the pieces stay put
On cheese cloth so the pieces stay put
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Drying next to Mullein leaves
Drying next to Mullein leaves
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Dry and ready for containerizing
Dry and ready for containerizing
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Sealed - note to self, cheese cloth held on too tight
Sealed - note to self, cheese cloth held on too tight
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