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This badge is about modifying the landscape to suit our permaculture goals.  High on the list is  physical access around the site, creating texture and developing ponds without liners.  We try to adjust the landscape and secure it in place with roots and rocks.  

sand badge

small dry stack retaining wall
three scoops with an excavator
move dirt/soil with the loader on the tractor
trail maintenance for 200 feet of trail
eliminate a road pothole/puddle
add a small, simple trail to a berm
improve a berm
seal a tiny pond


straw badge

make 100 feet of proper road with a bulldozer
   - must have a crown or other form of drainage and side ditches where appropriate
dry stack retaining wall
   - at least 4 feet tall and 6 feet long
five loads with a dump trailer
build a tall, narrow berm
   - at least 15 feet tall and 20 feet long, 9 feet wide or less
build a small, shallow pond that holds water without a liner
   - about 20 feet in diameter, 4 feet deep with proper dam and spillway
trail maintenance for 1000 feet of trail
add simple trails to berms
add a 50 foot trail to relatively flat rocky ground
add a 50 foot trail to steep, rocky ground
100 feet of road maintenance
  - eliminating potholes, ruts and washboards, restoring crown and improving ditches and drain points

wood badge

dry stack steps
   - at least five steps that are 2 feet wide
dry stack retaining walls
   - at least four different walls that are at least 48 square feet each
dry stack wall
   - at least 4 feet high and 15 feet long
   - add a 2 foot moon gate and get a twofer with the community badge
Holzer-style terrace
   - at least 120 feet long by 12 feet wide
build a full size pond that holds water without a liner (sealed bowl style)
   - ¼ acre, at least 10 feet deep and the dam is no taller than 8 feet
create a full size berm
   - at least 15 feet tall and 100 feet long and no more than 27 feet wide
   - 6 foot wide paths about halfway up on each side
parking lot
   - facilitate parking for at least 3 big pickup trucks with room to turn around
create 3 tent pads
ditches to move water
   - sealed without a liner and at least 200 feet
earthworks for preparing to build a structure
make 600 feet of proper road
add a 100 foot trail to relatively flat rocky ground
add a 100 foot trail to steep, rocky ground
600 feet of road maintenance

iron badge

Dry stack sun scoop
   - 7 feet tall and 10 foot diameter
a holzer spring terrace
another 200 feet of ditches to move water
build a second full size pond (sealed bowl style)
dry stack steps
   - at least ten steps that are at least 4 feet wide
Season extender rocket mass heater
   - at least 8 feet tall and 30 feet long with a stratification chamber
earthworks for preparing to build a second structure
3 passive garden heaters
   - 40 foot deep 6 inch hole in the ground with steel casing
   - 4 foot tall steel cap with glass on south side
   - black anodized ¾ inch tube exposed to glass and reaching bottom of hole
Garden ATI
   - reflecting pond (at least 400 square feet)
   - double winter heat capture using wofati techniques
   - flat wall, 7 feet tall, 15 feet wide
large natural swimming pool with a level spot next to it
   - swimming area is at least 400 square feet and 8 feet deep
   - water cleaning area is at least 400 square feet, fully planted
Build a full size pond that is based on a dam reaching bedrock, rather than a sealed bowl
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I call dibs on making the excavator wiki page
 
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Dibs on pothole repair!

Dibs on Trail maintenance!
 
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I'll won't call dibbs on it, but I'll inevitably be the one who puts the tracks back on when they fall off: I got experience with that! :-)




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Dibs on installing a trail wiki page!
 
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So I made a video of digging the three scoops with an excavator but apparently the video size is too large to load on this site. It's only about a min with of film time.

Can I load it on youtube and put the link in my post and would that work for getting certified?

Or can someone tell me how to shrink my video to make it small enough to post?

Thanks
 
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Penny loading the video to youtube and posting it In this Thread would be perfect!
 
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I just completed the Earthworks Sand badge

Link to my merit badge profile

200 ft of trail maintenance
3 scoops with excavator
dry stack retaining wall
Build a trail into a berm
Improve a berm
fix a pothole
5 scoops with loader
seal a tiny pond

Staff note (Opalyn Rose) :

Congrats on another badge!

 
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Here is my submission for the Earthworks Sand Badge.  You can check out my profile page here.
Trail Maintenance still needs to be certified. Thanks for certifying all my BBs!

  Small Dry Stack Retaining Wall
  Three Scoops with an Excavator
  Move Dirt/Soil with the Loader on the Tractor
  Trail Maintenance for 200 Feet of Trail
  Eliminate a Road Pothole/Puddle
  Add a Small, Simple Trail to a Berm
  Improve a Berm
  Seal a Tiny Pond
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Congrats on another badge!

 
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I've completed all the BBs for my earthworks Sand badge!

  Small Dry Stack Retaining Wall
  Three Scoops with an Excavator
  Move Dirt/Soil with the Loader on the Tractor
  Trail Maintenance for 200 Feet of Trail
  Eliminate a Road Pothole/Puddle
  Add a Small, Simple Trail to a Berm
  Improve a Berm
  Seal a Tiny Pond
Staff note (Mike Haasl) :

Congratulations!

 
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