Maple syrup class at Gouverneur High Jan. 26
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 6:37 am

GOUVERNEUR -- In recognition of the growing demand for maple syrup and other maple products, the Cornell Cooperative Extension will host a class for those interested in learning maple sugaring as a hobby or a business.

The class will take place Saturday, Jan. 26 at Gouverneur High School. The daylong class will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Designed for beginners and experienced producers, the hands on class will include workshops, children’s and family activities and door prizes. Topics will include backyard/beginner sugar making, value-added maple products, woodlot management, GPS and your woodlot, marketing your maple products, pricing your maple products and find out about maple royalty.

“The Northern New York maple schools represent an exceptional opportunity to learn, or learn more, about maple production from trees to table and about the sustainable forestry practices that make maple production possible,” says Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator Richard Gast.

Later this spring, March 16 and 17 and March 23 and 24, sugar makers across Northern New York will offer New York State Maple Weekend open houses.

The class, including lunch, will be $15 for adults, $5 for children, and is hosted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County, St. Lawrence Maple Producers, and Gouverneur FFA. For more information contact the extension at 379-9192.