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My featured Merit Badge Awardee of the Week is … Emily Moore!!!

Emily Moore (E-Moore, #6770) has received a certificate of achievement in Each Other for earning a Beginner Level Little Squirts Merit Badge!

“On my first official day of Christmas break, I wanted to start it off right—to earn my first Sisterhood Merit Badge!

I started my day around the house armed with a can of WD-40. I sprayed all the hinges and doors that squeaked. I researched online how to winterize garden tools, and when it warmed up a little, I headed outside to grab all my garden tools from under the house. I scraped off all the dirt and rust with steel wool, put vegetable oil on all metal parts and linseed oil on wooden handles. We don’t own any bikes, so I headed to the barn, grabbed our grease gun, and got to work. I greased all the grease fittings on the bush hog, manure spreader, and hay rake.


This was the first time I had ever taken the time to winterize my garden tools and I am really happy with the results! I look forward to making this a yearly thing. My grandma gave us a pointed hoe for our wedding, and I would like to keep it in good condition for the rest of my life—now I know how to do it.”

  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Congratulations Emily on being featured today for your badge work! Your winterized garden tools look as good as new and you are so smart to care for them so that they last and serve you well. Best of luck in Spring with your gardening. This deserves a new pair of garden gloves to go with those shiny tools!!

  2. Brenda White says:

    Bravo! Very industrious👏👏👏

  3. Deb says:

    They look fabulous all ready for Spring!

  4. Emily, try taking a bucket (or 2 or 3 ) of sand and put oil in it and shove the tools , sharp metal sides, in there to keep all winter – works like a miracle. even my antique tools look great now.

  5. Krista says:

    Congratulations Emily! What an awesome achievement! Your garden tools look all ready to go for next year and will last you for many more to come. Continue to keep up the amazing work. Enjoy your new badge!

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