Saint John's Sweet Tradition: Maple Syrup

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Since 1942, the monks of Saint John's Abbey have tapped sugar maple trees to make maple syrup. Today, Brother Walter Kieffer, OSB, Saint John's Outdoor University, and hundreds of volunteers and community members continue the operation. This forum is an introduction to maple syrup from both cultural and scientific perspectives. Come to hear about the history of maple sugaring in the CSB/SJU community, learn to identify a maple tree, and explore the science of why sap flows. I will also perform a song I wrote about Saint John's maple syrup. Finally, find out how you can be involved in this sweet tradition!

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