VT's Franklin County Maple School, Sept. 29

9/6/2012

        The first annual Franklin County Maple School will be Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Franklin County Field Days site.  Vendors will be setup for a trade show and there will be seminars and classes throughout the day.
 
        Registration will start at 8:00am and classes will begin at 9:00am.  The cost for the day is $35 per person, which includes access to the trade show, classes/seminars, and a catered lunch.
 
        Walk-in registration is welcome; however, we highly recommend pre-registering for this event as our maximum attendance for the maple school will be 300 people.  In order to reserve your spot at the event, please pre-register by filling out the attached portion below and mailing it to the following address, along with a check made out to FCSMA:
 
Ryan Howrigan
701 Johnny Bull Hill
Fairfield, VT 05455

Schedule of Events for September 29, 2012 Conference


  • 8:00 - 9:30 Registration
  • 8:00  Trade Show Opens
  • 8:45  Welcome
  • 9:00 - 10:00

Room A: Glenn Goodrich - Boiling: From the basics to the complicated. Get the information to make boiling a stress free job.  From drop to raised flue, parallel to crossflow and everything in between.

 

Room B: Mike Farrell Director, Cornell University's Uihlein Forest- Buying and Selling Sap:There are few businesses outside of agriculture that make large capital investments in equipment that is only used part-time during a 4-6 week period each year. In order to get the maximum return from their

investment, businesses often try to utilize their equipment to the greatest extent possible.

Come visit Mr. Farrell to learn the business side of buying and selling Sap!

 

Room C: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester - Sugarbush Health: Now and in the Future: Join a conversation with Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester, Nancy Patch about the complexities of forest management and how to get the most out of the forest for long term sap production, and a healthy ecosystem. Stresses in this century are different than what we faced in the past. This presentation and discussion will offer ways to work with nature to get the best results?

 

Room D:  VT Timothy D. Perkins, Ph.D. - Research Professor & Director - UVM Proctor Center Update: From Check-valves to Tapping Guidelines.  This presentation will describe some of the ongoing research at the University of Vermont Proctor Maple Research Center, focusing on taphole sanitation studies, projects aimed at improving vacuum delivery to tapholes, and recent assessments of tapping guidelines.

 

Outside: J.R. Sloan Tubing- Get a hands on approach to tubing installation.  See how different options and ideas can help you operate more efficiently.


Coffee Break


  • 10:30 - 11:30

Room A: Glenn Goodrich - How to Process Sap Efficiently in Todays World- How to attain the best possible efficiencies with an evaporator; an evaporator with a steam device; an evaporator with an R.O.; an evaporator with a steam device and R.O.  How to make syrup safely and effectively with this technology.

 

Room B: Mike Farrell Director, Cornell University's Uihlein Forest - Birch and Walnut Syrup: Have you ever thought of tapping Birch and Walnut trees?  This presentation investigates the potentials of producing Birch and Walnut syrup, with your equipment and methods. 

 
  • 11:00 - 11:50

Room C: Nancy Patch, Franklin-Grand Isle County Forester - Harvesting Options for Sugarbush Management: Comparing management options including crop tree release, uneven-aged management and even-aged management. What is the best choice for you?

 

Room D: Bill Clark - Subject TBA

 
  • 11:30 - 1:00 Lunch
 
  • 1:00 - 1:50

Room A: Round Table: Everything in the Woods, Jason Gagne-Moderator:  Cecile Branon, Matt Howrigan, and Chris Bebee.  A question and answer forum on everything related to the Woods

 

Room B: Henry Marckres, State of Vermont Dept. of Agriculture - New Grading System

 

Room C: Tom St.Pierre & Bruce Gagne Finance &Insurance - The Business of a Sugaring Operation: Explore the different options for financing equipment, buildings, and land.

Insurance coverage for you Sugaring Operation- What do you really need to be "covered" in your policy.

 

Outside: J.R. Sloan Tubing- Get a hands on approach to tubing installation.  See how different options and ideas can help you operate more efficiently.

 
  • 2:00 - 2:50

Room A:  Round Table Everything inside the Sugarhouse, Kevin Archambault- Moderator, Tom Hungerford, Cody Lesperance, and Rick Mayotte.  A question and answer forum on everything related to the Sugarhouse.

 

Room B: Catherine Beauregard, Efficiency Vermont- Variable Frequency Drive Efficiencies: Make your vacuum pump more efficient with a variable frequency drive. It will cut your vacuum pump energy costs by up to 50%. Lighting - Energy-efficient lighting can help you as much as 75% on lighting costs. Replace incandescent bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent or LED lights.

 

Room C: Glenn Goodrich - Filter Press operation (a mystery revealed) The ins and outs of filter press operation.

 

Room D:  Taste of Sweetness, Cooking Maple Confections, (speaker TBA)

 
  • 3:00 - 4:00

Everything RO:

Setting up an RO (power and water and storage requirements)

Start Up (sounds easy right)

Maintenance (what's that? I just turn that button over there)

Common Problems   (no one has problems right?)

How can I get more out of this unit? (Expansion kits?)

Room A: CDL Units      Room B:  D & G Units    

Room C: H2O Units      Room D: Lapierre Units         Room E: Springtech Units