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.

Tapping trees
Tapping trees at Wellspring Forest Farm. Modern cordless drills hold a decent charge and can tap dozens of trees before needing a recharge. Be sure to drill straight into the tree to avoid inflicting more damage than is necessary.
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