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Here is my submission for the Foraging - Sand - Fresh Harvest List BB.

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are to harvest:
- one pound (total) serviceberries
     
To document the completion of the BB, I have provided:
 - A picture of one of the plants the berries came from
 - A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
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Serviceberry Bush
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1-lb 1.6-ounces of serviceberries
1-lb 1.6-ounces of serviceberries
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Decided to harvest a pound of wild serviceberries growing at “the lab” then decided to do it again 4 more times for a grand total of over 5lbs. This post is for that first pound.
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Decided to harvest a pound of wild serviceberries growing at “the lab” then decided to do it again 4 more times for a grand total of over 5lbs. This post is for the 4 pounds that came after the first, to complete “4 more items from the fresh list”.

Decided to turn it all into wine. The berries weren’t very juicy or super sweet, so I added a bit of water and a bit of sugar. We’ll see how it tastes in a week or two.
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Serviceberry foraging. Lots of them. Please let me know if this fulfills two of my electives for doing four more fresh list foraging.
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Lots and lots
Lots and lots
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Himalayan blackberries are ripening all over town, so I went to work at a couple parks (the city doesn't spray park fruit.)

Picked a total of 2 lbs, 4 oz over two days.
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Forage spot #1: public park near favorite swimming beach
Forage spot #1: public park near favorite swimming beach
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13 oz of blackberries
13 oz of blackberries
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Forage spot #2: public park near home
Forage spot #2: public park near home
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1 lb, 7 oz of blackberries
1 lb, 7 oz of blackberries
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I harvested some service berries from a very large bush this summer. I then dried them in the solar dehydrator for eating in oatmeal this fall.

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Just over a pound
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Just over a pound
Just over a pound
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I am working towards increasing the diversity of harvest list so I am logging elderberries and serviceberries by combining them to reach the 2lb requirements for elderberries. I foraged almost two lbs of serviceberries while at WL for the PTJ. I donated them to the final nights dinner efforts and they got baked into challah bread and a lovely chocolate banana cake for Leah’s birthday.

I foraged 5 oz of  elderberries back home in the DFW metro. I am going to make elderberry syrup with them to complete a Natural Medicine BB.
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Challah bread with serviceberries
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I think that this elderberry/serviceberries post May actually belong under the straw badge BB. I already have my Fresh list Sand BB plus’s my elective additional 4 fresh list items BB. Should I delete the post above and repost it when I get a total of 5 different species foraged for that Straw BB?
 
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Himalayan Blackberry

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To complete this BB I have harvested two pounds of blackberries from the woodland and parks near my home.

I've attached a photo one of the plants in the wild that I harvested from. I've also attached photos of two containers on scales, including the empty container as I forgot to tare the scale for one of them!

The weight of the two containers full of blackberries is: 732g + 248g - 22g = 958g (2.11 lbs)
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226 grams (less container)
226 grams (less container)
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22 gram container
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I've been picking some more wild blackberries. Once again, I have included the same picture of an empty container as I didn't tare the "takeaway" tub when weighing it. The larger tubs (388g and 293g) have been tared - you can see this on the readout for the 388g tub but, for some reason, it didn't display for the 293g tub. I think the scales were quite cheap as this sometimes happens. They do seem accurate though.

Total weight: 388g + (297g - 22g) + 293g  = 956g (2.1 lbs)

Edit: I thought I'd uploaded photos of two takeaway tubs that needed 22g subtracting but, on looking at my finished post, realised it was only one. I've been foraging a lot lately!
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388 grams (tared)
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275 grams (net)
275 grams (net)
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293 grams
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Once again I've been picking wild blackberries. I am trying to make the most of the autumn harvest this year. Soon the sloes and elderberries will be ripe and it'll be their turn!

Total weight: 369g + 623g = 992g (2.2 lbs)
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Blackberries being harvested
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623 grams
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And yet more wild blackberries. I picked several kilos today over a few hours, with a picnic break in the middle. I also gathered a load of dead ash twigs for kindling over the winter, some early-ripening rose hips and some pieces of scrap metal wire that I will repurpose. I can't help cleaning up after the fly-tippers and I'm often found taking bits home that they have dumped!

Total weight: 987g (2.2 lbs) (Plus lots more that I won't bother submitting as this is more than the 2 lbs required by the BB!)
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Harvesting from the plant
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Looks like I miscalculated - I need to complete this BB once more!

Here is another container from yesterday's haul. Two kilograms (~4 lbs) of wild blackberries.

Total weight: 2121g (4.7 lbs)
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2121g
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Please note that sloe berries were removed from the list (not really found in Montana) and blackberry types were clarified.  
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Please note that sloe berries were removed from the list (not really found in Montana) and blackberry types were clarified.  



Noooo! Gah, I've been collecting these and was going to submit them this week. (It's not such a hardship, I gather them every year to make infused vodka/gin anyway)
 
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Shoot, sorry!  But the Straw level requirements have gotten more flexible so maybe it's a wash...
 
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I went out looking for crabapples and found black walnuts. I tried to collect twenty pounds but ended up closer to thirty. Need to work on my guestimations.
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Pacific crab apple
I saw the apple blossom in spring of 2020 and returned today, not knowing what kind of apple I would find. These are tiny! After some searching online, I discovered that they’re pacific crab apple. I don’t know how many pounds I am required to pick, but I’m hoping for 1lb as they’re similar to service berries. If not, I’ll return tomorrow and pick some more.

Ooops - just realised I already have this badge, so changed to a regular post.
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I found a patch of feral grapes along the edge of a pasture.  Most were too high to reach, but I picked as many as I could reach without a ladder and the bounty measured over two pounds at 2.69 lbs.

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A picture of one of the plants the grapes came from.
A picture of one of the plants the grapes came from.
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Zeroed scale.
Zeroed scale.
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A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight.
A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight.
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Hey skip team, I found apples on my hike by the lake yesterday. Lots of tiny little guys. 20lbs worth, though! My kids will love the tiny apples, literally with 4-6 bites each, AND I won't feel like they waste them by eating only half an apple.
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lotsa tiny apples
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actually 20 lbs.
actually 20 lbs.
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seriously overgrown apple trees. Beautiful! All I had to do was pick them.
seriously overgrown apple trees. Beautiful! All I had to do was pick them.
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