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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 earthworks.

For this BB, you will be learning how to create trails. These are useful to help people and animals move across your land, without disturbing the land too much.

An example of making a trail by hand is shown in this video:


This example is not quite perfect, because the trail is not built by a berm. But you can see just how much fun a trail can add to your property!

Another example of trail building is what these guys did over here:


The above example is still not by a berm, but it will provide lots of enjoyment and fun!

Minimum requirements:

  - Build a 20' trail (1' wide) on a berm or hugelkultur
  - Berm/hugel must be at least 7' high so the trail provides access to the higher reaches

To get certified for this BB, post three pics  

  - The berm or hugelkultur without a trail
  - A picture about halfway through of you using handtools to make the trail
  - The berm or hugelkultur with a trail that is at least 20ft long and 1ft wide
  - Describe what seeds were planted.
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The idea is to make a quick trail on relatively loose, yet steep dirt.

It will start off as a narrow, problematic trail that can be widened later.  

In the pics below, jocelyn and I spent about 20 minutes making a rock retaining wall off to the left, and then we completed the rest of the trail in about 20 minutes.  

We spent more time planting seeds than building the trail.   I like the idea that we might someday name it "cherry trail" - so I planted a lot of cherry pits along the uphill side.   Probably 20% cherry pits - and apple, and apricot, plum, peach, black locust.   On the downill side i planted a lot of daikon, holzer grain and my winter mix.






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I would cut the trail into something rough, then sit for a breather and take a pic, jocelyn would rake it smooth
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the trail is a little longer
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I made a trail yesterday at base camp.  As it is extended, it will allow full access to the back side of the hugel that is next to the house.  Cutting the trail into the dirt was easier than I thought.  Navigating the slope and contour to aim for the elevation of the cross trail was kinda fun.  I ended up making it a bit longer than the 20' that is required.  I made a switchback but due to large buried rocks, I had to include a step with the switchback.  In the future (as Paul alludes to above), the trail can be improved and this could be a great spot for a dry stack retaining wall.  I planted the fresh dirt on the downhill side with two types of clover, alfalfa and Sepp Holzer grain.

Paul said that building a trail on a hugel also qualifies for this BB.
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Before with tape measure roughly showing the path of the trail
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Me digging away with a mattock
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Overall view of the trail
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Upper part of the trail
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Added a little more than 20ft of trail to a 7ft tall hugel/berm. Planted alfalfa, clover, quinoa, peas and buckwheat.
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Before there was a trail
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This trail is being added to the berm in arrakis at Wheaton Labs.

The berm needed a path at the middle height and a way to the top.
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Here it is half done, I was using a digging fork to make the path
Here it is half done, I was using a digging fork to make the path
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A bit hard to read the red numbers, the trail is 22ft long
A bit hard to read the red numbers, the trail is 22ft long
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Seeded with buckwheat, quinoa, and alfalfa.
Seeded with buckwheat, quinoa, and alfalfa.
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I added a trail to a berm! It has 1 switchback. It is about 28ft long.

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Finished!
Finished!
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1 ft wide
1 ft wide
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Closeup of measuring tape
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Measuring
Measuring
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Shovelling the trail
Shovelling the trail
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Before I began
Before I began
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Here is my submission for the Earthworks - Sand - Add a Trail into a Berm BB.

Last fall during the BB20 Event, I built a hugel with Penny, Beau, and Mike.  

Today, I added a trail.  My trail is 34-ft long and 1-ft wide.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
  - The berm or hugelkultur without a trail
  - A picture about halfway through of you using handtools to make the trail: square pointed shovel
  - The berm or hugelkultur with a trail that is at least 20ft long and 1ft wide
  - Describe what seeds were planted: sepp grain, dutch white clover, and mustard seeds from the shelves in the library.
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The Hugel - no trail
The Hugel - no trail
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almost half the trail ahs been built. Square Shovel is on trail and I am standing at the base of the hugel.
almost half the trail ahs been built. Square Shovel is on trail and I am standing at the base of the hugel.
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Mike is holding one end of the tape meausre
Mike is holding one end of the tape meausre
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34-feet long
34-feet long
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Build a trail into a berm bb submission
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Berm pre-path
Berm pre-path
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Starting here…
Starting here…
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Ending here…this attaches as a switchback to Pierre’s trail at the bottom of the berm.
Ending here…this attaches as a switchback to Pierre’s trail at the bottom of the berm.
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Seeds: mix of mustard, vetch, rye grasses, peas, and cherry pits left over from another seed project.
Seeds: mix of mustard, vetch, rye grasses, peas, and cherry pits left over from another seed project.
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I created a trail at Basecamp near the parking lot to ascend the berm.

I planted tillage radish, lamb's quarters, orchard grass, and buckwheat along with a sprinkling of crimson clover.
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Before
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During
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20 Feet!
20 Feet!
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Seeds used
Seeds used
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