Introduction to Maple Syrup Production (BF 151)Tues. Jan 12 – Feb. 16, 2016. Webinars will be on Tues. evenings from 6:30-8pm EST http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/introduc…

Introduction to Maple Syrup Production (BF 151)

Tues. Jan 12 – Feb. 16, 2016.
Webinars will be on Tues. evenings from 6:30-8pm EST


http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/introd...

This online course explores the possibilities of maple sugaring on your land – be it for supplemental income or for your livelihood. The material presented will assume little past knowledge of sugaring, but a background in agriculture or forestry will be very helpful.

Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
    •    Identify the potential opportunities for producing maple sap and syrup on your land
    •    Develop and manage a forest stand for optimal maple sap production and long-term health and productivity
    •    Understand the costs and benefits of utilizing buckets, bags, gravity tubing, or vacuum enhanced tubing systems to gather sap
    •    Design a maple tubing system to achieve maximum sap yields in a cost-effective manner
    •    Understand the pros and cons and logistics of buying sap or leasing taps as a means of expanding your production
    •    Process sap in to syrup in a cost effective manner that is appropriate for the size of the operation
    •    Filter, package, and label maple syrup for sale according to the new grading system developed by the International Maple Syrup Institute
    •    Develop a basic business plan for a successful sugaring operation


Instructors

Michael Farrell is the Director of the Uihlein Forest- Cornell University’s Maple Syrup Research & Extension Field Station in Lake Placid, NY.

Steve Gabriel is an agroforestry specialist with the Cornell Small Farms Program, and co-owner of Wellspring Forest Farm.

MORE INFO & REGISTRATION:
http://www.nebeginningfarmers.org/online-courses/all-courses/introd...


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