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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 wood badge in Gardening.

The average bite of food in the US travels 1500 miles to get to your pie hole. Growing substantial amounts of food yourself contributes greatly to making the world a better place. Let's do some serious growing! For wood level badges, no inputs from more than 500 feet away are allowed except for seeds.

To put it in perspective, there are 10,000 calories is in:  
         o 35 pounds of potatoes
         o 26 pounds of sweet potatoes
         o 42 pounds of uncooked apples
         o 53 pounds of unsweetened applesauce
         o 10 pounds of prunes
         o 40 quarts of salsa
         o 6 pounds of dried strawberries
         o 55 pounds of onions
         o 50 pounds of winter squash
         o 30 pounds of sunchokes
         o 7 pounds of field corn or rye or most grains
         o 7 pounds of dried black beans
         o 4 pounds of sunflower seeds
         o 3.5 pounds of hazelnuts

To complete this BB, the minimum requirements are:
 - grow, harvest and use 30 or more species (except in cases where species are quite different as in the brassica family) totaling 1,000,000 calories
 - perennials, biennials and annuals are fine but foraging is not
 - "use" can include drying, canning, root cellaring, freezing, fermenting, eating, selling, giving, etc.
 - can not be used for animal feed
 - no inputs from more than 500 feet away (tomato starts from the big box store aren't allowed) except for seeds
 - all systems are polyculture systems
 - half the food is grown without irrigation
 - grow: raspberries, rhubarb, melon, summer squash, 3 sisters, tomatoes, peppers, onions, potatoes, garlic, peas, broccoli, carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, daikon radish, sunchokes, strawberries, rye, stinging nettles, sunflower seeds,  horseradish, sweet clover, comfrey, crocus, daffodils, grape, chives, parsley

To document your completion of the BB, provide proof of the following as pics or video (less than two minutes):
 - each of the 30+ species of food stored or at harvest (whichever is most applicable to prove you did it)
 - a picture of each of your food growing systems used for this BB showing they are polycultures
 - record the square foot growing area for each of the above polyculture food systems and indicate which ones are growing without irrigation - record total area with irrigation and total area without irrigation  
 - detail the weight of each species and how many calories it represented

 - "seed" potatoes do not count as seeds so they need to come from within 500' of your property
 - tubers you bought to start slips from don't count for the same reason
 - potatoes/sweet potatoes/etc that you imported at one time and are now growing yourself each year do count after their first year
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