Farming Magazine - July, 2014

SUGARING

2014 Cornell Maple Camp

August 13-16, Van Etten, New York


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The 2014 Cornell Maple Camp is scheduled for August 13-16 at Cornell University's Arnot Teaching and Research Forest in Van Etten, New York. The camp is designed for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer or those with some experience who are seeking to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. It offers focused, hands-on intensive training.

As a result of the workshop, participants will develop the following skills and outcomes:

  • Measure and describe their sugar bush for improved tree growth, health and productivity.
  • Plan, install and test a tubing system that matches topography and other components of a maple operation.
  • Plan and assemble a processing system, including sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporator operations, filtering and syrup storage.
  • Know which trees to retain and which trees to cut, understand principles of forest dynamics and appreciate the value of directional felling and low-impact tree harvesting.
  • Understand the principles for marketing of syrup and value-added products to optimize profitability.
  • Be able to analyze your own maple enterprise and develop good business management skills.
  • Become familiar with strategies and options to lease sugar bushes and purchase sap for processing.
  • Registration includes all meals (Wednesday supper through Saturday lunch) and handouts. The cost is $275 per person. Cabins at the Arnot Forest sleep eight and will be available for rent at $40 per person per night.

For more information, call 607-255-1658, email Steve Childs at slc18@cornell.edu or visit http://www.cornellmaple.com.