The 2014 Maple season is off to a COLD start. We’ve already collected 100 gallons of sap, and hopefully it will warm up enough to get a little more before the big

Maple Syrup Boil Down Festival
Saturday, March 8th
The Growing Center
22 Vinal Ave in Somerville

Come out to this free event to learn to boil sap, taste local syrup, and stay warm by the fire! We’ll have waffles, pancakes, hot cider, and music by the Ways and Means Committee.

*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 2014 Supporters: Cuisine en Locale, Aeronaut Brewery, Whole Foods, Tufts University, Somerville Public Schools

2013 Season Recap

Our 2013 season wrapped up successfully, despite a late snowstorm! Thanks to all our supporters who attended the fundraiser brunch, Tapping Day, library workshops, and our “Making Maple Syrup” workshop co-hosted with NOFA Mass–not to mention the Boil Down Festival on March 9th!

Every winter, with our partners at the Somerville Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and throughout the community, Groundwork Somerville taps local 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.

  • Our 2013 season is complete! Check out our accomplishments for this year!
  • 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.

*Special thanks to our 2013 sap storage sponsors and donors: Acme Ice, Flatbread Pizza Company, Whole Foods Cambridge, Taza Chocolate, and Kitchen Inc.


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