Farming Syrup Trees: Maple Sugaring and More

Maple sugaring is the ancient practice of tapping sugar maples for their sap before boiling it down into syrup, and it’s an excellent way to extend the forest farming season.

Boiler for syrup
A medium-scale boiler setup at Wellspring Forest Farm, designed to handle the sap from about a hundred trees. The pan was bought used from a maple producer, the firebox is made of cinder blocks, and the chimney stack was reclaimed from neighbors when they replaced their chimney.
Photo courtesy Chelsea Green Publishers