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U of M Extension to host a series on maple syruping in Cook County, other areas in MN

Jan 23, 2024 09:30AM ● By Content Editor
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From U of M Extension - January 23, 2024

University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of maple syruping workshops across the state this winter. The workshop in Cook County will take place on Monday, February 19th from 12:30-3:30 pm.

Minnesota’s forests provide wonderful gifts that can be responsibly harvested, including maple
syrup. Join this UMN Extension workshop to learn about the history of maple syrup, the process
for harvesting sap and turning it into syrup, and best practices for maple sugaring with tree health in mind. We will tour the Hoaglund Homestead sugarbush and learn from local sugarmakers at this workshop. This workshop is targeted at beginners but sugarmakers of all levels are welcome. 

The workshop will begin at the Cook County Community Center at 317 W 5th St in Grand
Marais. Following an introduction and classroom presentation, participants will travel as a group
(using participant’s vehicles) to the Hoaglund Homestead sugarbush for an outdoor tour. The
tour will involve walking through snow for about a ¼ mile in each direction at the sugarbush.

Registration is required for this free opportunity. Visit and select
the Cook County workshop to register. If there is inclement weather, cancellation or
confirmation of each workshop will be communicated to registered participants on the morning
of their selected workshop.

If you have mobility or any other accessibility concerns, please contact Sarah Waddle at
[email protected] or 218-387-3015 preferably two weeks in advance of the workshop date so
we can arrange for accommodations.

Additional workshops are being offered around the state. Visit to
see all available dates and locations.

Funds for the maple syrup workshops were provided by an MN NCR SARE mini-grant.
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