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Veterans in Ag: Home-Scale Maple Syrup Production

Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 10:00am to 3:00pm

Equicenter Inc. ​3247 Rush Mendon Road Honeoye Fall, NY 14472

The Cornell Small Farms Program's Farm Ops project is working with the Canandaigua VA Medical Center's Whole Health Program to provide 1-day focused trainings at no cost to New York state veterans who are enrolled at a VA facility. This program is also open to spouses of NYS veterans.

Training Topic: Home-Scale Maple Syrup Production

With an abundance of Maple species as well as the necessary climactic conditions needed to generate robust sap flows, our region is a prime area for tree-sap harvesting and syrup production. Any persons with access to one or more trees, and a basic understanding of small-scale tapping equipment, can (and should!) participate in this annual phenomenon. Accessing tree saps can be an easy way to generate your own supplemental sugar source, either for household consumption or as an added farm enterprise.

This training will include the following:

  • Tapping tools and equipment

  • DIY Reverse Osmosis Demonstration

  • Sugar concentration testing

  • Kettle Ridge Farm Tour and Pancake Brunch with Owner, Chris Hurley

  • Access to the 6-week, Sugaring for Profit, online training course

The second half of this training will take place at Kettle Ridge Farm (6mi from Equicenter). Pancake Sunday Brunch, includes hotcakes, breakfast sausage, egg sammies, and french toast, which will be provided on-premise.

In addition, participants will be given access to the Small Farms Program’s BF152: Introduction to Maple Syrup Production - Sugaring for Profit. This is an archived 6-week online training course where participants learn at their own pace.

This workshop will be held at the EquiCenter Farm, and lunch is provided. It is recommended that participants arrive 15-20 minutes prior to get coffee, tea, and snacks and get checked-in and settled.

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