Webinar Schedule and Participant Guide
Dates and Join Link
Starting on Tues Nov 5, 2019 from 7 - 8:30pm Eastern, we will have a live weekly webinar each week for 6 weeks, ending on Dec 10, 2019. Please mark these dates and times in your calendar! If you miss the live webinars, the recordings will be posted in the course afterward.
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: 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 vacuum and natural gravity tubing, considerations for sap quality.
Week 4: Expanding Your Sugaring Operation
Topics covered: increasing yield, leasing taps and buying sap from nearby landowners, contracts and common pitfalls.
Week 5: Turning Sap into Syrup
Topics covered: cooking sap on wood, gas, and oil boilers, reverse osmosis, ways to increase efficiency.
Week 6: Marketing and Value-Added Products
Topics covered: Sales strategies, making maple candy, sugar, and other products.