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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!

To get certified for this BB, post three pics  

  - The berm without a trail
  - A picture about halfway through of you using handtools to make the trail
  - The berm with a trail that is at least 20ft long and 1ft wide

plus 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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completed trail
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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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