Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Live instruction for the 2022-2023 season will run from Thurs Nov 3, 7-8:30pm Eastern for 6 weeks. Since we'll take Thanksgiving week off, this course will end on Thurs Dec 15. While we encourage live attendance so you have the opportunity to engage with the presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in our online classroom for students to watch anytime. Once you have enrolled in this course, you will retain access to all materials indefinitely, and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish.
To access the webinars, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in each week of the course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for that webinar, so while you can try clicking it sooner, it won't open the webinar meeting for you. You may also join our webinars from a mobile device by installing the Zoom app and entering the 9-digit meeting ID that will also be shared each week.
Weekly Webinar Topics
Week 1: Is Sugaring Right For You?
Topics covered: Course expectations, student introductions, top reasons to make maple syrup, history, and questions to consider before starting.
Week 2: Sap Collection
Topics covered: Strategies for collecting sap including buckets, bags, and tubing including vacuum and natural gravity systems. Considerations for sap quality will also be covered.
Week 3: Turning Sap into Syrup
Topics covered: finishing syrup, grading, flavor, cooking sap on wood, gas, and oil boilers, reverse osmosis, and ways to increase efficiency.
Week 4: Planning and Growing Your Sugaring Operation: Marketing and Pricing of Maple Products
Topics covered: increasing yield, leasing taps and buying sap from nearby landowners, contracts and common pitfalls, marketing, business planning, and pricing maple products.
Week 5: Sugarbush Evaluation and Management
Topics covered: Sugarbush ecology, evaluating the tapping potential of land, strategies to manage for optimum productivity and health.
Week 6: Creating Value-Added Maple Products
Topics covered: Making maple candy, cream, sugar, cotton candy, maple popcorn, and other products.