Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide


In 2023, this course will be offered live for 6-weeks on Thursdays from 7:00 – 8:30 PM (Eastern) from November 2 – December 14 (with November 23 off for Thanksgiving). While we encourage live attendance, so you have the opportunity to engage with presenters and ask questions, all webinars are recorded and posted in the online classroom to watch anytime. You will also retain access to all materials indefinitely and can return to participate in the live webinars in future offerings of the course if you wish. Join us!

To access the webinars during our next live session, you will simply need to click on the webinar join link that is posted in the Weekly Resources section of this course. This link only works on the appointed day and time for the 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 official Zoom app from your preferred app store. Then, when it's time for a webinar, simply open your Zoom app and enter the 9-digit meeting ID that will be posted along with the webinar link.

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: Sugarbush Evaluation and Management 

Topics covered: Sugarbush ecology, evaluating the tapping potential of land, strategies to manage for optimum productivity and health.

Week 3: 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 4: 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 5: Creating Value-Added Maple Products 

Topics covered: Making maple candy, cream, sugar, cotton candy, maple popcorn, and other products.

Week 6: 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.

Webinar Participants' Guide

Zoom Participant’s Guide.pdf
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