Making Maple Syrup: Tapping and Collecting Sap

Join Groundwork Somerville and NOFA/Mass for a special wintertime workshop on urban maple syrup-making! Learn about the history of maple sugaring, tree identification, modern tapping and sap collecting technology, and the effect of climate change on maple trees. You'll also taste-test syrup and participate in a hands-on demo of sugaring techniques by tapping local trees, as part of the 10th annual Somerville Maple Syrup Project! Make sure to wear warm clothes and boots, since we'll be outside for part of the workshop.

Cost: $25 for members, $30 for non-members

About the Facilitator: Lee Dwyer, the Gardens Coordinator for Groundwork Somerville, runs after-school gardening and nature clubs, urban agriculture workshops, and the Somerville Maple Syrup Project. With a major in Urban Studies and experience in MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and the Chicago Public Schools, Lee is passionate about building sustainable communities, urban education, and teaching. Outside of work, Lee hikes, cooks, volunteers at the Somerville Growing Center, and plays softball.

Other workshops and projects I've led: Urban Composting, Container Gardening, Integrating Gardens into School Curricula, Public Speaking, Nature Myths from Around the World, garden builds and renovations in Chicago, Everett, and Somerville.

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  • Lori

    Facilitator was late, building was locked, no powerpoint. Very nice talk but disappointed in the paucity of information - nothing I couldn't have gotten off the Internet - too basic. Maple syrup tasting didn't have enough apples to use for the group.

    February 2, 2013

    • Meira

      I thought the facilitator did a pretty good job though, considering she had no slides. But I agree it was very basic.

      February 2, 2013

    • Kimi C.

      I agree with Meira that Lee did really well given the circumstances. I was actually impressed with her recovery and ability to give a coherent discussion without her presentation. I was also thankful she forged forward without wasting that much time. I will also agree that is was really basic. Basic would have been fine, in general. The caveat is given the $25/30, I did expect something more practical and immediately useful. It ended up being only a bit more than an ad for the festival. It is a good cause though, so, I was pleased with the day.

      February 2, 2013

  • Lindsy

    I rsvp'd here, but it looks like tickets are no longer available online. Does anyone know if I can buy one at the workshop?

    February 2, 2013

  • Meira

    Is the address upper campus road or lower campus road? I can't find UCR in my gps or google maps and lower campus road is what is bookmarked on the map on Brown Paper Tickets.

    Confused and don't know where to go? Thanks!

    February 2, 2013

  • Jane H.

    I understand this is not geared for children, but are attentive children and teens welcome with their parents?

    January 17, 2013

    • Drew

      Hi Jane! Attentive children and teens are welcome! Each person, adult or child, does need to RSVP and purchase a ticket to attend though.

      January 23, 2013

  • Drew

    Hi Folks! To register, and thus officially RSVP, for the workshop, just click on the link here:

    See you at the tapping!

    January 23, 2013

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