Workshop for maple syrup producers planned

MEXICO, NY – Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will sponsor a workshop for maple syrup producers on November 23, from 10 a.m. to noon at Red Schoolhouse Maple, on the corner Red Schoolhouse Road and County Route 4 in Palermo.

The workshop is for individuals who want to expand their knowledge of the use of tubing in their maple syrup business.

Employing a tubing system can improve the efficiencies in maple syrup harvesting, therefore increasing production and profits.

Steve Childs, NYS Maple Extension Specialist, will facilitate the workshop and engage participants in the latest methods of utilizing tubing to transport sap from the tree to the evaporator.

The use of vacuum systems will also be discussed.

Childs has extensive experience with maple both as a producer and an extension educator in Wyoming County, and has been a member of the Cornell Maple Team since its inception in 1998.

His expertise in this area comes from running his own successful farm-based business and from extension work with maple and many other types of farm-based businesses.

Topics to be covered include: preparing the sugar bush prior to tubing installation, site considerations, placing mainlines and setting the slope, installing the mainline support wires, installing main lines, sizing mainlines, installing lateral lines, tubing tools, sizing the vacuum system, dry line systems, boosters, tap hole sanitation, system maintenance and working with sap ladders.

Participants will also learn how to lay out a sugar bush for vacuum, how to determine the right size and length of mainline and laterals and the selection of the correct size vacuum pump to run the whole system.

The workshop is conducted as an open discussion and a variety of suggestions for any given tubing situation will be discussed.

The cost of the workshop will be $10 and includes all workshop materials.

Pre-registration is required no later than November 22, by calling the Extension office at (315) 963-7286 ext 200 or email [email protected]

Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately with heavy shoes and outerwear, as the entire workshop will be offered outdoors.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County has a deep-rooted local presence that is responsive to the needs of our communities.

In addition to the support we provide to our county’s agricultural community, we also offer many outreach programs on the importance of nutrition and food preparation.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s mission is to interpret, disseminate, and deliver research-based information and knowledge on issues relevant to Oswego County youth, individuals, families, farms, small businesses, and communities; and further, to contribute to improving the quality of life in Oswego County through education and empowering volunteers and staff to lead, guide and teach.

For more information go to www.thatscooperativeextension.org