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Maple Sugaring – Myth, Magic, Realities

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

| $5.00

Presenter: Dave Anderson, Senior Director of Education, Society for the Protection of NH Forests. Owner of Meetinghouse Hill Tree Farm, South Sutton, NH
Date/Time: Wednesday, February 9, 1-2pm
Cost/Registration: $5. You must register by February 8th at 12pm. GoodLife will email you the Zoom link a day or two before the class.

***Registrations made online will be for live classes via Zoom! To register for in-person attendance, you MUST call 603-228-6630.***

A humorous look at the dark(-amber) side of backyard maple sugaring at Meetinghouse Hill Tree Farm… or as I call it “my quest for the $15,000 pancake.” As a Forest Society educator, naturalist and writer, I’ve visited neighbors operating small local sugarhouses for years, hearing colorful stories (in colorful language) while learning over many maple seasons. Some suggest maple becomes an obsession. The romance of backyard maple sugaring led to construction of a post & beam sugarhouse at Meetinghouse Hill Tree Farm in South Sutton. from timber cut and milled on site. We operate the old-fashioned way: gravity fed, wood-fired: a slow process. “Hey, we may be slow but we’re inefficient!” We strive to improve our process and learn from experience as changing weather and new technology and even climate change affects our success – and the lack thereof. Our family sugaring hobby connects us more closely to our trees, our woodlot, our home, the annual circle of seasons and into the future.


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