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~