Tree Tapping & Maple Sapping

Steve McBride, Backyard Maple Syrup, Pippy Parkfull crew on board at the Suncor Fluvarium Wednesday night for the Tapable Trees workshop!  all hands checking out how to tap the maple trees and make their own sweet maple syrup.

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.

20150224_191757as 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! is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!

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#g2kgtg – cheese on Saturday

make your own cheese!

make your own cheese!

it’s not over yet byes!   the end of the season is the other side of the weekend, but between then and now is a rare chance to make a #gtkgtg that will soothe the last leg of Christmas.  5H Giving – handmade, homemade, local.

say cheese.  Feta, Paneer, Ricotta.

make cheese.  for real.

my old school friend turned back to the land, and has set up  a farm in Nova Scotia.  home for Christmas, she’s running a Cheesemaking 101 workshop.  I know her as Heather Squires, but she’s known as the CURD GIRL.   she’s running a fun, lovely afternoon of cheesemaking tomorrow, Saturday 2-5 pm on MacPherson Street, near the Mall.  workshop cost is $50, which you can bring.  (if the $ in hand is a deal-breaker let Heather know, and ye can work something out).

also bring milk (whole, red container is best), but all other required materials are supplied. but there will be cheese to taste so if you’d like to bring something to drink with the tasting, that is good.

inbox Heather to let her know you’re coming and get specifics.


and since we’re near the end, thank you.  #g2kgtg the good to know gifts that give series has been a hit!  sharing little treasures that grow up from kitchen tables and creative souls has been a pleasure. thanks to all who have kindly encouraged me, thanks to the new friends i’ve met along the way, and thanks to those who have used their purchasing power to buy local!

(happy to report that there is so many more lovely things out there.  this morning i found my way to Rock Paper Flowers on Water Street West.  there is a whole new world there!  i’m looking forward to finding out more.)


cropped-thegreenrock_small.pnggood to know gifts that give (#g2kgtg) is a special project of that looks at local gifts that people will like, use, and won’t leave an unnecessarily big footprint on the planet or humankind.  please like and share! is a non-profit that informs and inspires people in Newfoundland and Labrador on ways to address the challenges facing our planet, our communities, and our lives.  like and share!                   facebook, google+