When the Sugarbush was vandalized some weeks ago, one of the things that got ruined was our heavy-duty cart that we relied on to transport items to-and-from the syrup site. When Ithaca College’s president, Tom Rochon heard about this, he graciously offered to pay for a replacement. This helps us out immensely because not only are we now equipped with a new cart, but it saves us a lot of money that we can now put towards ensuring more products of the utmost quality.
It’s official. As of 7pm on February 11th, our first real batch of maple syrup has been boiled, bottled, and soon to be bought!
Check out some of our photos from the indoor boil:
|The screening process is more intense than auditions for a Martin Scorsese film.|
|Syrup business is serious…the smiles are meant to intimidate…|
|Bottler? I barely even know her!|
|Cooling racks sure are…cool.|
|The final product (humans sold separately).|
Ithaca College’s sugarbush is back in action. We managed to get ourselves out of a couple “sticky” situations and are now making products like it’s 1999.
We are also expecting our first batch of oyster mushrooms to fruit any day now.
AND, tomorrow (February 10th), a few members of the class will be attending a bee seminar, presented by the Finger Lakes Beekeeping Club to prepare us for our upcoming bee season. If you would like to know more about this event, click here!
That’s all for now, but bee prepared for more updates!
This morning, some of our team went out to the sugarbush to find that the site had been vandalized. The metal hooks holding up the buckets were cut, with buckets lying on the ground, and the taps were pulled out of some 40 trees and stolen.
|One of the vandalized trees, with a red arrow pointing to a hook that was clipped off. Sap running down the tree 😦
Photo Credit: Ireyena
|Close-up of a clipped hook.
Photo Credit: Ireyena
Now we’re just working on getting the word out about the vandalism and planning on talking to neighbors in the area to let them know and see if we can get any information. If you have any information about the incident, please contact Ithaca College Public Safety. They have an anonymous tip line you can call at (607) 274-1060. Thanks for your support!
And if you want to check out our interview about this incident with the Ithacan, click here!