Starting the week of January 23, 2017, Groundwork Somerville staff and trained community volunteers will be delivering Maple Sugaring themed curriculum to the second grade classrooms of Somerville’s public schools. As per tradition, the Project will culminate in the educational, fun-filled and much anticipated annual…

Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival
Saturday, March 18th
The Growing Center
22 Vinal Ave in Somerville

Check out how we tap the trees here:

Tree Tapping Video


Vintage posters from the 2016 event will be on sale at the Boil Down Festival for $20.

CLICK HERE to pre-order your letterpress poster!!!

This project would not be possible without our wonderful community volunteers and our amazing sponsors:

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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 2017 Maple Syrup Project, please email

*Help us make the Maple Syrup Project even better!*

$12 funds one student’s experience in the Maple Syrup Project
 buys a new sap collection bucket
 funds a session of the maple education series for a classroom
 funds the 4-session maple education series in one classroom
 makes you an event sponsor of the Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival

Thank you to donors, volunteers, and sponsors for your support.  We couldn’t do it without you! Special thanks to our 2015 Supporters: Cuisine en Locale, Aeronaut Brewery, Whole Foods, Tufts University, Somerville Public Schools

History of the Somerville Maple Syrup Project: What began 12 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 a four-week arts and science curriculum to second graders at public schools across the city.  The season culminates in a spectacular two-day boil down event held at the Somerville Community Growing Center.  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 and sold at the Groundwork Somerville stand at the Union Square Farmers’ Market, the Clarendon Hill Winter Market, and at Sherman Market.

Follow Somerville Maple Syrup news on Twitter using #mmmsyrup hashtag! Our handle on twitter is @gwsomerville.

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