By Dave Pape, via Wikimedia Commons
Maple trees with taps and buckets for collecting sap to be made into maple syrup at Beaver Meadow Audubon Center in North Java, N.Y.
GODFREY — The Nature Institute and LaVista Community Supported Agriculture Farm team up to bring another year of maple tree tapping.
Maple Tapping with LaVista CSA Farm is an event for those interested in learning with a hands-on approach about the process of making maple syrup and its history. The event will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the entrance to the Oblates, 4350 Levis Lane.
Eric and Crystal Stevens of LaVista CSA and Ramona Puskar of TNI will teach participants about the biology and history of maple trees, tapping with everyday items, boiling and even tasting syrup. This event is $10 per person or $8 for TNI members, which will benefit the missions of TNI and LaVista.
Guests first will be led on a hike through maple trees with a background of tapping and the biology of the trees. Then, LaVista CSA will demonstrate how to tap the tree, collect the sweet water and boil the water off. With more than 5 gallons of syrup already tapped, there will be plenty to end with tasting the newly created syrup.
Those attending should dress for the weather because the group will be outside for most of the course. There is a limited amount of registration remaining. To register, call (618) 466-9930 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the names and the number of those planning to attend.
The Community Supported Garden at La Vista, 4350 Levis Lane in Godfrey, serves as a source of renewal for human, social and physical health by providing healthy and nutritious food, by the building of a diverse community, and through the practice of social justice. Community-supported agriculture (CSA) is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a weekly share of the harvest during the local growing season. To learn more about LaVista CSA Farm, visit www.LaVistaCSA.org.
The Nature Institute, 2213 South Levis Lane, is a conservation and environmental organization with a mission of raising awareness of the natural world through preservation, restoration and education. TNI owns more than 450 acres of protected land, much of which has hiking trails. Those trails will reopen to the public on April 1 after a period of rest for the winter. To learn about TNI and other events, visit www.thenatureinstitute.org.