Introduction to Maple Sugaring
28 January 2014
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Mike Farrell, of the Cornell Maple Program, will provide an overview of the sugaring process and identify 15 reasons why you should seriously consider getting involved with syrup production. Paul Smith's College student Tom Manitta will address maple ecology, history, and sustainability; and VIC Director Brian McDonnell will provide an overview of the VIC community-based maple program and how nearby residents can get involved. $10 per person. Contact: Brian McDonnell, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike Farrell is director of Cornell University's Uihlein Forest, Cornell`s Sugar Maple Research & Extension Field Station in Lake Placid. There he taps approximately 5,000 maples, 600 birch trees, and a couple dozen black walnut and butternut trees every year. He has authored more than fifty articles on maple syrup production and forest management. He is the author of The Sugarmaker's Companion: An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees (Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013). This guide provides information on setting up and maintaining a viable sugaring business by incorporating the wisdom of traditional sugarmaking with the value of modern technology (such as reverse-osmosis machines and vacuum tubing).
This class is part of the VIC's Maple Sugaring Program. The Paul Smith’s College VIC is collaborating with Cornell Maple to expand maple syrup and sugaring opportunities in the region. The goals of the project are to train local producers, promote further growth in the industry, and provide maple syrup production information and education opportunities for the general public.