Like most things in life, the syrup season is something we can try our best to predict but when it comes down to it we have to be ready for anything Mother Nature throws at us. This year, we were greeted by an exceptionally early start to the sugaring season. Typically we start off the semester with our new crew of eager students with an introduction into Non-Timber Forest Products and build up their knowledge base and experience in other NTFPs before it is time to tap. This year, however, offered a new challenge: our first class of the semester was spent out in our Sugar Bush tapping our maples!
Our 2016 group of workers rose to the challenge and tapped our 107 trees in record speed! The taps are in place, buckets are hooked up, and sap is flowing. This just goes to show that no matter how much we can try to prep in the classroom, the trees are our greatest teachers. With a little last minute preparation, lots of enthusiasm, and infinite gratitude for our Maples, the season is off to a great start. It looks like a boil is on our horizon within the next week or so!
Keep an eye out, South Hill Forest Products is in for an exciting year.
With gratitude, excitement, and anticipation,
The SHFP 2016 Team