March 7, 2007

Maple Sugaring Feasibility Study

We just got the go ahead for some maple sugaring!

The Maple Sugaring Feasibility Study is a preliminary study to determine the viability of an annual student and staff maple sugaring operation as an educational tool for the New Hampton School. Once the study is carried out a report on the results of the study will be duly prepared addressing the technical and curricular viability of the project.

Study Parameters
Experiential Learning will conduct a small scale boiling run to assess the
logistical and curricular feasibility of this project. This will involve,

  • Drilling small holes in five to ten trees
  • Inserting ten to twenty taps into the trees
  • Hanging traditional metal buckets with lids on these trees for two to three weeks
  • Transporting sap to Burleigh Mountain by truck and sled
  • Boiling sap to syrup by wood fire (enclosed in wood stove) approximately five to seven times during the run
I've posted the entire feasibility study proposal at our educator resource page.

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