Saturday, March 7th, 2015 from 10-2pm Groundwork Somerville will be at the Community Growing Center boiling freshly collected sap into uber-local Somerville Maple Syrup. Live music, taste tests, prizes and more!
Groundwork Somerville strives to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement and management of the physical environment through the development of community-based partnerships which empower people, businesses and organizations to promote environmental, economic and social well-being.
History of the Somerville Maple Syrup Project: What began 12 years ago as the small-scale tapping of a few trees on Tufts campus has now grown into a fully-fledged educational project that involves organizations and individuals throughout the Somerville community. Each winter, with our partners at the Somerville Community Growing Center, the Somerville Public Schools, Tufts University, and volunteers from the community, Groundwork Somerville taps local sugar maple trees and collects the sap. Simultaneously,
Groundwork staff and trained community volunteers teach a four-week arts and science curriculum to second graders at public schools across the city. The season culminates in a spectacular two-day boil down event held at the Somerville Community Growing Center. Metal shop students from Somerville High made and maintain the evaporator pan where we boil the sap into syrup. The syrup is given as thank-you gifts to community partners and sold at the Groundwork Somerville stand at the Union Square Farmers’ Market, the Clarendon Hill Winter Market, and at Sherman Market.
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