January 16, 2020

Urban Sugaring

 

The Urban Sugaring Project is sold out for 2020.  You can follow our progress on Twitter @UrbanSugaring.  
 
John Dennis
USP Coordinator

A Message from the Project Coordinator

 

After a year hiatus, the Urban Sugaring Project is back. The project is now run by the Guelph Tool
Library and expanded to tap over 150 trees. Changes to the program include an additional pick up
location at the Guelph Tool Library, a pre-launch sign up for Tool Library members, and maple syrup
making equipment available for loan from the Tool Library.

If you are a member of the Guelph Tool Library, you can reserve up to 4 kits for pick up on Saturday
February 1 by contacting me at syrup@guelphtoollibrary.org. Please tell me your name and how many
kits you would like. Kits will not be available until then.

The Tool Library had some maple syrup making equipment donated if you want to try boiling yourself. There is a hydrometer and some filters in a kit as well as an outdoor propane heater. Together, these items would help you out if you were looking to make a litre or two of syrup on your own.

This year the pick up times will be 5:30 until 6:30 pm and locations will be Mondays at Church of the
Apostles (86 Glasgow Street North) and Thursdays at the Guelph Tool Library (131 Ontario Street). We
will communicate through email about when to tap, when the pick up dates start, and when the project
will come to an end.

Distribution of the kits will occur on Saturday February 1 at the free pancake breakfast at the Church of
the Apostles (86 Glasgow Street North). Volunteers will be available to answer questions about tapping
trees and the project in general.

John Dennis, Urban Sugaring Project Coordinator

 

 

Questions and Answers about the Project

Q – What is the minimum size to tap a tree?
A – A maple tree should be at least 12 inches in diameter before tapping it. Larger trees can support
multiple taps. For example, trees 21-27 inches in diameter can support 2 taps and trees greater than 27
inches in diameter can support 3 taps.

Q – Can I tap the trees in the park?
A – No, please remember that you can only tap your trees or trees that you have permission to tap.

Q – Do you only accept sap from Sugar Maple trees?
A – No, we will take the sap from any type of maple tree. You can get great syrup from a Silver or a
Norway Maple, it just takes a bit more boiling.

 

About the Urban Sugaring Project

Launched in 2015, the Urban Sugaring Project allows maple tree owners to work together to produce
syrup. Participants rent a kit (a bucket, tree tap, and instructions) for $10 (with a $10 deposit) and return the collected sap to a central location. The sap is pooled and boiled down by volunteers to syrup and redistributed back to the participants. Participants receive a share of the finished syrup based on how much sap they contributed. Every participant received a minimum amount of 250 ml to a maximum of 1 litre of syrup per tap.

To learn more about the project, please contact us at syrup@guelphtoollibrary.org or check us out on
Twitter at @UrbanSugaring