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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.   These must be wild foods - not gleaning or harvesting from an actively cultivated space.

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:
Harvest, dry and store one of the following:
One pound (fresh weight) of:
     o nettle
     o mint
     o rose hips
     o pineapple weed
Five pounds (fresh weight) of:
     o mushrooms
Twenty pounds (fresh weight) of:
     o apples
     o pears
     o apricots
     o plums

To document your completion of the BB, provide the following:
 - A picture of one of the plants/fungi in the wild
 - A picture of the bounty on a scale showing the weight
 - A picture of the dried goodies in or with their storage container

Clarifications:
 - This is "Foraging" so the plants/fungi can not be cultivated by you.
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Wood ear! Wood ear! It’s a bounty! Enough to dry, stew, pickle, and share!

I was working on the woodland care badge and found a heap of these babies, so I took an afternoon break to jump into foraging and preserving bbs.

I harvested 4 lbs - so I dried half, and pickled the other half as an experiment to fulfill the pickling bb.

I’m out of town at my folks place, so I sun dried these on wire racks. Some of the bigger ones were still a little moist at dusk, so I finished those in the oven.
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wood ear growing on log
wood ear growing on log
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harvested wood ear
harvested wood ear
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4 lbs!
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drying wood ear in the sun
drying wood ear in the sun
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storing dried wood ear
storing dried wood ear
Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I certify this BB complete!

 
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A foraging buddy and I went hunting for oyster mushrooms.  The skeeters were horrible so we were moving pretty fast.  Still got over 2 lbs of oysters!  Put them gill side up on a screen in the greenhouse.  They dried up in a day or two.
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On a tree
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On the scale with heavy glass bowl
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Scale with empty bowl
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In a half gallon mason jar
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I certify this BB is complete!

 
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Here's some of my pictures. I'm still adding more, because a pound of mint takes a long time to harvest! (And I took pictures on multiple cameras, one of which was hauled off by kids and has yet to be found...)
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fresh mint
fresh mint
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Fresh Mint #1 weighing 7 oz (tare weight=1;2.5; total weight=4.5)
Fresh Mint #1 weighing 7 oz (tare weigh is 2.5. Total weight is 4.5)
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drying mint
drying mint
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dried mint for tea
dried mint for tea
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mint harvest
mint harvest
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mint harvest
mint harvest
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drying mint
drying mint
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mint harvest
mint harvest
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drying mint
drying mint
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mint tea
mint tea
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wild rose
wild rose
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mint growing in grass
mint growing in grass
 
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Here are winecaps foraged from a garden that had wood chips applied as a mulch about 12m ago.  Have dehydrated far more than one pound of fresh mushrooms but only photographed one weighed batch for the BB. Forgot to change the unit from grams to ounces. Have cooked them fresh in risotto, a chicken & ham pie and omelette😋
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harvested wine cap mushrooms
harvested wine cap mushrooms
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wine cap mushrooms
wine cap mushrooms
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dehydrating wine caps
dehydrating wine caps
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storing dried wine caps
storing dried wine caps
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tasty wine cap dish
tasty wine cap dish
Staff note (Nicole Alderman):

I hereby certify that this badge bit is complete! (and looks tasty!)

 
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Rosehips here.
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On plant
On plant
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Tare
Tare
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Almost 2 lbs
Almost 2 lbs
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More than one dried
More than one dried
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Shelf life
Shelf life
Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I hereby certify this BB complete! Nice labels

 
Nicole Alderman
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It's spring! There's more mint! And here I attempt to get to 1 pound of it!

(Previous measuring were 5.66+ 0.7 + 4.5 ounces. This one measures 2.9 ounces. That's now a total of 13.79 ounces. Just over 2 ounces left to go!)
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154 grams is 5.43219 ounces. Subtract the tare of 2.5, and I have 2.93219 ounces
154 grams is 5.43219 ounces. Subtract the tare of 2.5, and I have 2.93219 ounces
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Three layers in the dehydrator
Three layers in the dehydrator
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Mint leaves refilling the mint jar
Mint leaves refilling the mint jar
 
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More mint!

118 grams = 4.16233 ounces! Add those 4 ounces to the 13.79 ounces I'd already harvested, and that's 17.90 ounces. That's an ounce over a pound. WOOT WOOT! I'm now finished! (It only took me over a year )
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118 grams = 4.16233 ounces! I'm done!!!!
118 grams = 4.16233 ounces! I'm done!!!!
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Two trays of mint leaves
Two trays of mint leaves
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Dried mint leaves
Dried mint leaves
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The big leaves are the new mint leaves, filling up the jar. My husband drinks a lot of mint tea
The big leaves are the new mint leaves, filling up the jar. My husband drinks a lot of mint tea
Staff note (Mike Haasl):

I finally certify this BB complete!

 
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