The 2013 Cornell Maple Camp will be held June 26-29 at Paul Smith's College/PSC Visitor Interpretive Center in Paul Smiths, N.Y., and Cornell Maple Program in Lake Placid, N.Y. The camp is for anyone who wishes to become a maple producer or those who have some experience but seek to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability. It will offer focused and hands-on intensive training to help improve efficiency and profitability in producing maple products.
As a result of the workshop, participants will develop the following skills and outcomes:
Measure and describe their sugar bush for improved tree growth, health, and productivity.
Plan, install, and test a tubing system that matches topography and other components of a maple operation.
Plan and assemble a processing system, including sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporator operations, filtering, and syrup storage.
Know which trees to retain and which trees to cut, understand principles of forest dynamics and appreciate the value of directional felling and low-impact tree harvesting.
Understand the principles for marketing of syrup and value-added products to optimize profitability.
Be able to analyze your own maple enterprise and develop good business management skills.
Become familiar with strategies and options to lease sugar bushes and purchase sap for processing.
Registration is available by going to www.northernnewyorkmaple.com
. The registration fee of $150 per person includes all meals (Wednesday supper through Saturday lunch), training, and materials. Lodging is available (at an additional cost) at Paul Smith's College for the complete stay (Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday nights), or please see the list of local accommodation options on the website. This training is sponsored by the Cornell Maple Program and The Wild Center's Northern New York Maple Project. Registration is limited to the first 50 people.