Waiting for the Right Weather

Written by club members Keira and Lena:

The 2017 maple sugaring season was filled with nothing but success. Three veteran group members presented at a science conference and have caught the attention of colleges throughout New York state. As the 2018 season begins, we are looking for ways to increase our sales, and work on communicating with our community.

The sugaring team has already started identifying the sugar maple trees on our school’s campus. We are on the lookout for a solid four to five day schedule that will give us suitable conditions for tapping. Due to this year’s current weather pattern, we are a bit concerned on whether or not we will be given stable weather conditions to allow us to be prosperous.

However, during the time where the weather doesn’t cooperate, the maple sugaring team buys and replaces old and unusable equipment, and then bleaches and sterilizes the buckets. In the upcoming months, the maples sugaring team will work together in order to rebuild the sugar shack and paint its uncoated walls that weren’t completed, bringing out the sap-evaporator and constructing it, and making sure all of the requirements are met before the maple sap is boiled. Once everything is boiled and ready for selling, the team will bottle and label the maple syrup.

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About bguzzetta

I am a middle school math and science teacher at Allendale Columbia School. Technology and the outdoors are integral parts of my curriculum. I love outdoor activities, which I enjoy with my family. I have always felt that students should be exposed to global research, and am very excited to be bringing this to my students with the support of school. Therefore, I have embarked on a journey that includes a collaboration between myself, the Seneca Park Zoo, the Smithsonian Institute, and National Geographic's photographer David Liittschwager. Sports have always been part of my life, and I am the current Girls Vice President for the Rochester District Youth Soccer League.
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