We hosted Maple Boot Camp at Ohio State Mansfield on June 22-24. Carri Jagger, Thomas deHaas, and Kathy Smith pulled this post together for the Buckeye Yard & Garden Online blog.
We cannot hold events of this quality without a lot of help and support. A big thanks to Carri and Kathy, Mike Lynch from CDL, Mike Hogan of OSU Extension, Sayeed Mehmood, Les Ober, Mike Rechlin, Kate Fotos, and Mike Lucero. I hope I am not forgetting anyone. And an especially huge thanks to the Brown family at Bonhomie Acres and Stan Hess for opening up their operations for tours and interfacing with Boot Camp attendees.
Here are a sprinkling of photos to supplement what you’ll see at the linked write-up above.
Join us Saturday, December 11th for a day of all things maple! We will highlight research from Ohio State’s two ACER research grants and introduce you to some of our research partners from West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Spotted lanternfly is now in Ohio so learn its impacts and how producers can help. We will also talk about how to improve your public events at the sugarbush, and a presentation on a new opportunity for selling bulk syrup. The program runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM with registration opening at 8:30.
The full slate of presentations is as follows:
Ohio’s ACER Grants
Ohio Maple Producer Survey – Sayeed Mehmood, Ohio State University
Reds, Silvers, Rilvers and Sugars – Gabe Karns, Ohio State University,
Spotted Lanternfly in Ohio: How Maple Producers Can Help – Amy Stone, OSU Extension
Forest Management Planning – Kathy Smith, Ohio State University
Is Agritourism in Your Future? – Rob Leeds, Ohio State University Extension
Authentic Appalachia – Mike Rechlin, Future Generations University
Tapping Red Maple – Abby van den Berg, University of Vermont, Proctor Maple Research Center
The 2021 International Fall into Maple Tour is scheduled for October 8-17. On Saturday, October 9th, you have a great chance to visit with members of the Ohio State Maple team at Ohio State Mansfield between 10 AM-6 PM. Visitors will be able to tour the research sugarbush, purchase OSU maple syrup, and see some new maple educational materials that we are excited to debut. From 10 AM-noon, we will be serving a pancake breakfast to tailgate for the Ohio State versus Maryland football game that starts at noon. Look for the event tent in the Ohio State Mansfield parking lot #8 and come see us.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 Delta variant, this fall’s Southern Syrup Symposium has been suspended until further notice. Organizers are working to figure out if a virtual gathering later in the fall can be organized. We will be sure to update when we know more.
This year’s Southern Syrup Symposium needs to be on your radar especially if you are a producer in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, or of course Ohio. The Southern Syrup Symposium brings together maple experts from all over, but the programming always has a little special emphasis on maple across the southern geographic tier. This year’s event starts at noon on Friday, September 24th with your choice between 2 field workshops before the full-day program on Saturday, September 25th. Lots of food and fellowship is mixed in throughout. Talk topics cover the gamut from forest management to quality tasting syrup-making tips, climate impacts on maple and research updates – including ours!
Registration is open now and is available here. See you in Morgantown!
Just a friendly reminder to register for Friday’s 2021 Ohio Maple Days event. Ohio Maple Days will look different than in year’s past with remote presentations to a Zoom audience. But one thing has not nor will ever change – the high quality content you have come to expect from Ohio’s signature education event for the Buckeye State’s maple producers.
Hope to see you there!
Penn State Extension is offering free webinars to maple beginners on January 18th (noon) and January 25th (7 PM).
Topics covered will include identifying different maple tree species, proper tapping procedures, boiling the sap, and filtering the final syrup product. Registration is FREE, click here for more information.