Maple Syrup Project
Volunteer/Intern with the 2019 Maple Syrup Project!
⋅ Maple Tree Tapping Event: January 27th | 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM | Paige Hall at Tufts University
⋅ Maple Lessons: January 28th to March 8th, 2019 | Somerville Public Schools
⋅ Maple Brunch Fundraiser: February 18th | 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM | The Independent
⋅ Maple Field Trips: March 13th, 14th, 15th | South Street Farm
⋅ The Boil Down: March 16th | 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM | South Street Farm
⋅ Sap on Tap Maple Brunch Fundraiser | April 14th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Aeronaut Brewery
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If you are interested in volunteering to help with sap collection or with in-class education as a part of the 2019 Maple Syrup Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History of the Somerville Maple Syrup Project: What began 16 years ago as the small-scale tapping of a few trees on Tufts campus has now grown into a fully-fledged educational project that involves organizations and individuals throughout the Somerville community. Each winter, with our partners at the Somerville Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and volunteers from the community, Groundwork Somerville taps local sugar maple trees and collects the sap. Simultaneously, Groundwork staff and trained community volunteers teach four-week art and science curriculum to second graders at public schools across the city. The season culminates in a spectacular community boil down event held at the Somerville Community Growing Center, which is free and open to the public. Metal shop students from Somerville High made and maintain the evaporator pan where we boil the sap into syrup. The syrup is given as thank-you gifts to community partners.
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Thank you to donors, volunteers, and sponsors for your support. We couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks to the 2018 Maple Syrup Project Supporters: Cuisine en Locale, The Independent Restaurant, Aeronaut Brewery Co., Whole Foods, Tufts University, Hemlock Ink, Cambridge Landscape Co. Inc., When Pigs Fly Bread, Somerville Community Growing Center, and Somerville Homeless Coalition.
Help us make the Maple Syrup Project even better!
$12 funds one student’s experience in the Maple Syrup Project
$25 buys a new sap collection bucket
$60 funds a session of the maple education series for a classroom
$250 funds the 4-session maple education series in one classroom
$500 makes you an event sponsor of the Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival
Check out how we tap the trees here:
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Read about the Maple Syrup Project in the Press!
- See what Tufts Daily wrote about the 2015 Maple Syrup Program.
- The Somerville News featured our 2013 syrup season and events, as did the Somerville Beat!
- View Boil Down Festival photos taken by Boston Globe correspondent Samantha Laine and more taken by Boston Volunteers organizer Imanuela Costiner.
- Read a WhyHunger blog feature by Lee Dwyer, our Gardens Coordinator, about this unique urban maple sugaring operation.
- Listen to a 2012 Radio Boston “Farm to Fork” segment using maple syrup in an amazing recipe.
- See photos and read about our 2012 tapping day in the Somerville News
- Read about the 2011 Library Workshops in the Somerville Journal
- Thanks to Aaron Kagan for writing about the project in the Boston Globe
- Check out this Somerville News article previewing the 2011 Season
- See the coverage of the 2010 Maple Syrup Project on WBUR Radio and in the Somerville Journal