17 May '12, 5pm

Without maple trees, there would be no maple syrup. So how will syrup farmers make a living?

Without maple trees, there would be no maple syrup. So how will syrup farmers make a living?

I started sugaring in my backyard at home when I was eleven, and I’ve been full time making a living from sugaring since the 70’s. I got a degree in Forestry and worked for the USFS in their maple research program for two years before starting this business full time, and I’ve been making a living from maple and forestry ever since. These woods are very dynamic, and a healthy forest is essential to our business. We thin numerous times to produce healthy crowns and vigorous stems that will produce maple sap. We’ll also leave other species, ash, birch, cherry, spruce, pine, whatever has timber potential, or we’ll leave trees for aesthetics - and we leave butternut which is the farms namesake. When I first started 40 years ago having a maple monoculture was not such a bad thing, now I think we need to encourage diversity in the stand, and it is getting harder and harder to do...

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