Maple Syrup Project
After a year hiatus, we are pleased to announce the return of the education portion of the Maple Syrup Project! Starting the week of January 26, 2015, 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 7th
The Growing Center
22 Vinal Ave in Somerville
This project would not be possible without our wonderful community volunteers! If you are interested in volunteering to help with sap collection or with in-class education as a part of the 2015 Maple Syrup Project, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
*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
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
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.
- 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.