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    Default Sap -N- School 2019 Year 8

    For 8 years now I have been tapping trees with my Kindergarten class. It such a great way to teach so many aspects of math and science. Keeping track of our sap collection totals vs syrup yield, liquid conversations, reading a thermometer, learning to chop wood, start a fire and knowing your food sources will be everyday conversations for the next few months.

    Enjoy sharing our process with. I update the photos pretty often.

    https://www.facebook.com/pg/theriley...Q&__tn__=-UC-R

    for detailed information please read
    http://bugsmudbooksandsticks.com/sap-n-school/ or http://bugsmudbooksandsticks.com/so-full-of-sap/

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    That is great in what your doing. I wish every school would do this. Good luck to your season.

    Spud

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    Thank You.
    We make 15 gallons of syrup so nothing huge. The amount of hands on learning and time spent learning about and in the outdoors is amazing.

    Have a great season!

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    Been out of commission myself for several years, but this is my first year back at it by doing sugaring with my fifth graders. They're loving it! NH Ag in the Classroom has been great. A handful of us teachers across the Granite State have connected and are sharing tips and resources.

    I had them learn how to ID a maple in the winter, measure DBH and then estimate diameter, record GPS coordinates to map our sugarbush, and we're measuring and graphing every quart of sap collected. We're also graphing daily highs and lows.

    Grateful for a bunch of donations to get this going; particularly Home Depot for food-safe 5-gal buckets and a local propane company that's setting up temporary bulk tank service for us!

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    2009: 11 buckets, cinderblocks and food service pan
    2010: 25 buckets
    2011: 67 gravity to sugarhouse
    2012: 170 caged tanks
    2013: 275 bringing back some buckets for aesthetics
    2014: 300 gravity and buckets
    2019: 35 buckets at elementary school, flat pan on propane

    11x30 shack in the woods: no power/water, only snowmobile or snowshoes 'til March.
    2.5x8 Leader arch, Grimm English tin drop flue/cross-flow syrup pan

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    This is awesome. I wish I had something like this when I was a young sprout. Finding ways to let the kids have fun and learn practical knowledge at the same time is what it's all about! Keep up the good work.
    Jake
    smoky lake 2x4 hybrid pan on homemade arch
    115 taps on gast 1550 pulling 25hg on Bernard releaser
    24x12 sugar house
    2019 Kubota L2501 work horse

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    Fun! And it gets them aware of nature's processes!
    325 taps
    2x6 Phaneuf
    Illegitimati non carborundum

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ISbkO-NKA9o

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    Awesome work with the budding sugarmakers!
    Regards,
    Chris
    Casbohm Maple and Honey
    600 roadside taps
    3x10 King, WRU, AOF and AUF
    12" SIRO Filter Press.
    2015 Ford F250 PSD sap hauler
    One Golden named Maggie Cat named Lucy
    Too many Cub Cadets
    Ford Jubilee and several Allis WD's, and IH tractors

    www.mapleandhoney.com

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