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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Cyrie Wilson!

Cyrie Wilson (Pixiedustdevil, #6941) has received certificates of achievement in Farm Kitchen for earning a Beginner and Intermediate Level Forage for Food Merit Badge!

“I went to my local extension office and asked if they had any resources about local edible plants. Sad to say they had no idea what I was talking about. So that was a bust. So I went online and found a little information.

I know that we have salmon berries, blackberries, plum trees, apple trees, cattails plants, and Oregon Myrtle Trees (leaves are used like bay leaves). I found quite a few berries and small fruits while working on my ‘Speak for the Trees’ badge last year. I waited to submit for this badge until it was time to collect myrtle leaves.

I’ve been collecting fruit and berries since I was old enough to play outside by myself. My grandma made berry buckets (old coffee cans and string). I swear we would eat 1/4 of our pickings and ALWAYS come home covered in poison oak. Good thing I’m more wary now.”

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  1. Krista says:

    Congratulations Cyrie on getting both your Beginner and Intermediate Forage for Food Merit Badges. It’s sad to see how many people are unaware of their local edible plants.

  2. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Wow, Cyrie, what an fun badge you decided to work on. I love it that you have a lot of experience and memories of your Grandmother doing berry picking as well. It is really fun ,when we grow older, to follow up on those experiences that we had with our grandmothers. Congratulations on all of your work to complete these two levels of your new badge.

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