Learn how to tap maple trees for syrup, and the basics of supportive and relational, ecological forestry! We'll have some fresh maple sap and syrup on hand to taste.
Maple syrup, and its more practical, yet harder-to-produce finished form, maple sugar, is native to North America and unique throughout the world, but maple trees are not the only trees that can be tapped for syrup! Indeed, throughout history, around the world, maples, birches, palms, Juglans (walnuts, heartnuts), alders, and more, have been tapped by humans (and squirrels, birds, and other animals) for thousands of years. Trees have been revered by all human cultures around the world (except for the industrialized) and for good reason! Trees are vital to the oxygenation of the planet, and thus the survival of humanity - and most humans around the world used to intrinsically believe that their purpose in life was, in part, to, in turn, care for the trees.
Learn how to tap maple trees for syrup, and the basics of supportive and relational, ecological forestry! We'll cover the basics of tree identification, nutritional qualities of maple sap and sugar, seasonality, an overview of sugaring step-by-step, carving spiles, and tapping trees! We'll have some fresh maple sap and syrup on hand to taste. All tools and materials provided.