Maple Syrup Production at LCS | A Delicious and Sustainable Tradition
After a well-deserved March Break, our students returned to The Grove to find pails of maple sap scattered around campus. These pails were the result of weeks of hard work, as staff and faculty members, namely Mr. Hart, tapped the maple trees on campus and collected sap for boiling into sweet, sticky syrup.
This week, Mr. Hart invited classes down to the sugar shack to encourage them to be involved with the process firsthand. Students helped boil the sap and watch as it was transformed into syrup and maple taffy, a delicious treat made by pouring hot syrup onto the snow to create a chewy candy.
During the process, Mr. Hart also shared the history of maple syrup production at LCS and emphasized the regenerative aspect of this practice. By tapping the trees for sap and then allowing them to rest and regenerate, LCS can produce maple syrup sustainably, without harming the trees or the surrounding environment. It’s a practice that both sustains a time-honoured tradition and aligns with the school’s value of environmental responsibility.
Maple syrup production at LCS is not just a delicious activity, but also a valuable learning experience. By involving students in the process, they can learn about the history and science behind maple syrup production, while also gaining an appreciation for the regenerative practices used at LCS.
As spring unfolds, we look forward to more delicious maple syrup and maple taffy from the sugar shack!
Lakefield College School is a private, coeducational boarding and day school for students in grades 9 through 12, located in Lakefield, Ontario, Canada.
We respectfully acknowledge that Lakefield College School is located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include: Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil, and Georgina Island First Nations. Lakefield College School respectfully acknowledges that the Williams Treaties First Nations are the stewards and caretakers of these lands and waters in perpetuity and that they continue to maintain this responsibility to ensure their health and integrity for generations to come.