Maple Syrup: Sustainable Harvesting Then and Now

Trent Hills Tribune

By Susan Moore

On February 13 in Ivanhoe, the Hastings Stewardship Council presents “Maple Syrup: Sustainable Harvesting Then and Now,” the third presentation in their Winter Speaker Series 2020.

Maple Syrup has been a sustainable springtime ritual in Quinte and Eastern Canada for centuries. Come and learn more about the history of syrup making, as well as the process and science behind maple syrup production.

Local producer, Gareth Metcalfe, has been tapping trees and making syrup for family and friends for more years than he is willing to admit. He will talk about maple syrup production in the early days – including the first inhabitants and the early settlers – and how techniques and equipment have evolved over the centuries, and will finish off with an instructional overview to allow you to start participating in this wonderful springtime tradition yourself.

Topics will include tapping equipment, sap collection and storage, boiling techniques, innovations and maple products. Gareth’s entertaining stories will engage everyone. The event is suitable for all ages, and kids will love learning about this sweet, sticky subject.

Join us for “Maple Syrup” on Thursday, February 13 from 7 to 9 pm at the Huntington Veterans Community Hall, 11379 Highway 62, in Ivanhoe. An entrance fee of $5.00 per person (or a donation) will help cover costs. Children and students are free. For more information, contact Ray Wellman at 613-848-7697 or Also visit

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