the session was held by Friends of Pippy Park and led by Steve and Lisa McBride, the homesteading duo with the goats, frequently found on the trail in Waterford Valley and on facebook’s Backyard Farming & Homesteading .
it’s all looking very very good because:
- 51% of the tree population in St. John’s area are maple
- maple trees with a diameter of greater than 10″ are tappable
- tapping gear is low maintenance. a drill to set the hole, a hammer to drive the tap in, a tap (not plastic says Steve), and a bucket.
- sap starts running when the nights are freezing and the days are not. usually around early march (steve & lisa will post when they start – a bit into march most likely)
- the season here is fairly long – 5-6 weeks
details, how-tos and more on Root Cellars Rock.
as well as a supply of home-made syrup, the thing with the tapping, according to Steve, is that it gets you in tune with the goings-on in natural environment. like, right now, under the snow, the trees are coming to life and getting ready to send sap to the branches and leaves. (who knew? St. John’s spring seemed to happen in two or three days in june!).
there were lots of questions, a couple of practice drills, and an exodus of people excited about hanging buckets from trees all over St. John’s this spring!
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