Events

Maple Festival

the second and third weekends in March

The Highland County Maple Festival, the second largest in the country, is held the second and third weekends of March every year.  We encourage visitors on our farm to stay awhile and enjoy the sights and sweet smell of this special time of year. However don’t be surprised if you are asked to jump in a help carry fire wood from the shed or check the tanks for sugar water, either way you’ll be glad you stopped by.

Virginia Maple Syrup Trail

You’re invited to visit eight sugar camps in Highland County throughout the year to learn the techniques of how maple syrup is uniquely produced at each one.  Call ahead to the sugar camps, schedule a visit for a tour, taste their syrup and get a stamp on your physical passport.  Passports are available at the sugar camps themselves upon arrival, at local businesses or at select Virginia Welcome Centers.  After all eight camps are visited, there will be a prize, but the real incentive is to have more one-on-one interaction with the farmers who run the camps.  Discover all that happens even beyond maple syrup on these farms and in the scenic, unspoiled mountains of Highland County.  If you want to know where your food comes from, this a great family agritourism opportunity!

For more information check out the virginiamaplesyrup.com

Educational Workshops

September 13th, 2019 2 PM-8 PM $10.00

Friday afternoon join us for a walking tour of our farm and learn more about the sustainable management activities we are currently implementing to improve the health and productivity of our farm.  Learn from state and federal agencies the benefits associated with each of these practices as well as cost share opportunities available for private landowners. Tree Farm representatives will also be available to share the American Tree Farm Standard of Sustainability so you may also become a member.  After the tour join us for dinner and celebrate being awarded Virginia’s 2019 Outstanding Tree Farm.  To register click here

September 14th 9 AM – 4 PM

The second in a series of three workshops focusing on the maple syrup industry will include Forest Management for increased sugar water production.  Jamie Schuler of West Virginia University will explain the benefits of a properly managed sugar bush and how this will increase not only your yield but also add to higher sugar contents.  The second half of the day will be spent with Les Ober of Ohio State University Extension learning more about grading regulations and proper density of the finished product.  A dessert contest will round out the day! Participants may bring a favorite dessert  with maple syrup in the ingredients and win prizes donated by H2O Innovation, CDL Maple and Leader Evaporator  

Registration fee of $20.00 includes lunch and workshop materials.

In 2018 we hosted Tim Wilmot, a maple researcher who worked for the University of Vermont and Dominion and Grimm a maple supply company, in August 2018 for an informative weekend discussing the innovations of smaller diameter tubing systems for maple producers.  This workshop hosted thirty individuals interested in a natural vacuum system for their maple sugar stands. 

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