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Tree Tapping Workshop

For those interested in learning how to sustainably tap trees for sap, Dylan & Sandi have put together this combination tour + demonstration to detail the process, start-to-finish.

The workshop will begin with a general overview of the biological/environmental mechanisms behind the production and flow of xylem sap in spring, placing the act of tree tapping within a larger context so we may better understand what exactly happens during the process and why. Some of the information covered will include:

- How to select a suitable tree based on species & size
- When to place your first taps, and the length of the overall tapping season
- The effect of tapping on a trees health, minimizing damage, and the natural healing process
- How to predict sap flow in relation to daily weather conditions
- The nutritional and sugar content of various tree saps, their uses, + syrup making

We will then set out on a walking tour of the park to locate a few of these tappable species [Sugar maple, Red Maple, White Birch, etc] > explain how to identify them in their late winter / early spring states > and demonstrate the actual tapping process on an appropriate specimen, detailing:

- Materials needed
- Safe and efficient tap boring and incision making techniques
- Inserting your spile, hanging your bucket, & collecting the sap
- Plugging the wound when you're done

*Following The presentation, Sandi will also be giving a tutorial on how to carve your own tapping spile from a Tree of Heaven branch*

Please join us for this informative day out in the park. It may be a little late in this year's season, but we hope that those who attend can at least walk away with a solid foundation of techniques + ideas to put to use in the future. Besides, if no one comes, we'll have no one to triumphantly brandish our homemade, "possibly-the-only-8oz's-of-red-maple-syrup-ever-made-exclusively-in-Delco" syrup bottle in front of… We need witnesses!

~Meet will assemble @ the Swedish Museum parking lot~

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  • Fred K.

    Not to imply I'm bitter, I got some good foraging in at FDR yesterday at around 5:00. But changing the time was not cool. Maybe meet-up has no such mechanism, but if you really needed to change the time, that should have been announced loudly.

    March 17, 2014

    • Sandi

      **Hey, we're really sorry about that Fred** We were under the impression that meetup sends notifications to members when event details are changed, but it's possible that members need to have selected to recieve email updates. Either way, we're putting together some hard copy information about the workshop, so I'd be happy to send that out to you if you'd like it

      March 17, 2014

  • Jo

    Sandi and Dylan,
    Thank you for taking the time to prepare and deliver the presentation on tree tapping and syrup making. Even if we don't make our own syrup, there was so much information that is helpful.
    The sap sample was sweet and the syrup we sampled was excellent! I hope no one that was present will ever go back to using the stuff made of hfcs.

    March 17, 2014

  • Sandi

    Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who came out to the workshop & stuck through the cold with us! Hopefully you all left knowing something you hadn't before. If anyone has any further questions, missed any part of the event, etc. please don't bother to shoot me a message / email with your inqueries. [masked]

    Thanks once again!

    March 17, 2014

  • Tom M.

    Anything with Dylan and Sandi is much more than worth your time. Thanks!!

    March 16, 2014

  • Joy

    For those of us driving, will we be able to park in the Swedish Museum parking lot? The museum will be closed, so I'm wondering if the parking lot will be gated to cars.

    March 14, 2014

    • Sandi

      you should be good, the parking lot is a general lot for the park that just so happens to be in front of the museum building. Past meetups at FDR have met here as well*

      March 14, 2014

  • may

    I can't promise I'll be there, but if I finish my project in time I would certainly love to, this looks awesome!

    March 13, 2014

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