We are excited to have a new maple shop up and running on the Woodland Stewards website. The new shop gives us a few new features to track orders and supplies a bit better. The 2021 syrup run is all bottled and waiting on your orders as the Holiday season approaches. We have 1/2 pint glass bottles available in addition to pint, quart, half gallon, and gallon (gallons by request only) available in jugs.
I am happy to report that syrup sales placed 2 part-time students and a full-time recent graduate in the field throughout last winter’s sugaring season. From both a production standpoint (how the maple syrup is produced and hands-on learning of that process) and research standpoint (how to ask good research questions and how to set up experiments to get answers), each student had an incredible enriching experience thanks to your support of the program.
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.
Given that Ohio State is a university and has well over 60,000 students enrolled, making the statement – “students were involved” – seems like a needless statement of the obvious. But in the case of the Mansfield Maple program and larger Ecolab initiative, the fact needs to be explicitly stated. Students have been heavily involved.
The maple program itself is the fruition of a student report inventorying the Mansfield campus’ forest resources back in 2013. A simple charge to “explore potential of the mature forest for a maple sugarbush” and subsequent student effort to do the project scoping have led to a whole host of tangible outcomes, not the least of which is a re-invigoration of the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ (SENR) commitment to non-timber forest products.
And student involvement has continued to this very day. Ecolab student interns assisted in the Mansfield sugarbush installation and have participated annually in tapping and other system maintenance tasks. Students have performed invasive species management in the maple stand and catalogued each individual tapped tree throughout the sugarbush. A student research team helped establish the complimentary crop tree release demonstration area that targets sap-producing maples as one of the focal stand management objectives. And last year, a Capstone group of SENR seniors explored new ways to assess and management for sugarbush tree health and vigor. The deliverable outcome of their project was a well-crafted Story-Map linked here. We encourage you to view the high-quality work of our Forestry and Wildlife seniors and learn about crop tree management, the threat of invasive plant species to our native biodiversity, and the potential effects of climate change on future sugarbush resilience.
Students have been an integral part of making OSU Maple a success. By purchasing maple syrup and showing your support of the program, you can make sure student support remains a centerpiece of the initiative moving forward. We are proud of our students and are thrilled to know that Ohio’s maples will be in safe hands for future generations.
Author: Gabe Karns
Maple syrup from The Ohio State University-Mansfield campus is available for purchase. Produced from sap of the research and demonstration sugarbush, the maple syrup is bottled in 1/2 pint (glass bottles), pint, quart, and half gallon containers (rest are jugs). As an extra bonus, the 2020 run of syrup, which is currently available, carries the 150th sesquicentennial logo for OSU’s important anniversary.
Importantly, OSU syrup sale proceeds contribute to maintenance of the sugarbush, seed money for research, funding maple-related student internships and research opportunities, and more. To place an order, visit Ohio State’s Woodland Stewards website. We can ship syrup to your door or you can request a pick-up in Columbus or in Mansfield.
For those already shopping for holiday gifts, a case of 20, 1/2 pint glass bottles is available at a good discount. Email email@example.com for discount details.
Click on the Mansfield Maple tab for more information about the sugarbush at OSU-Mansfield!