Winter Workshop Series Begins November 2020

Posted on October 23, 2020 // view all Events // News // Workshops

The 2020/21 Winter Workshop Series begins with two separate virtual workshops; Tips for Making High Quality, Strong Flavored Syrup on November 10, 2020 and Leasing Land: Alternative to Purchasing for Beginning Farmers on November 17, 2020.  Both November workshops will be held via Zoom at 6:30 pm. Watch for announcements about other workshops offered in the Winter Workshops 2020/21 Series continuing in December 2020 and in the New Year.

Pre-registration is required for both of these workshops. Enrollment is $10 for Berkshire Grown members and $15 for non-members.  Not ready for a workshop? You can still join or renew your Berkshire Grown membership here.

November 10, 2020
Tips for Making High Quality, Strong Flavored Syrup

with Cornell Maple Program’s Maple Specialist Aaron Wightman

$10 Member; $15 Nonmember
6:30 pm via Zoom.

If you’ve tasted a lot of syrup, then you know there is tremendous variation in quality and flavor.  In this talk we will discuss practices to eliminate off-flavors and strategies to amplify good flavors.  We will also take a look at new methods developed by Cornell to make intense-flavored maple sugar from dark syrup and the potential use of this sugar in new value-added products. Read the Cornell Maple Program blog at

Aaron Wightman conducts research in all aspects of maple production, marketing and forest management. He also supports the operation of the 7,000 tap research sugarbush at the Arnot Forest, and participates in extension and educational programs. Aaron’s research interests include improved sap handling processes, maple-based nutritional supplements, sugarbush silviculture, and the development of maple beer, wine and distilled spirits.

November 17, 2020
Leasing Land: Alternative to Purchasing for Beginning Farmers

With Jae Silverman, Massachusetts Field Agent, Land for Good

$10 Member; $15 Nonmember
6:30 pm via Zoom.

In collaboration with Jae Silverman, Land for Good’s Field Agent for Massachusetts, this workshop is an introduction to the different ways beginner farmers can access land and start farming as well as farmland owners  looking to lease out their farmland.  Jae will also discuss how leasing can be a viable long-term strategy in addition to being a stepping stone toward ownership. In addition to talking about different types of lease agreements we will also hear from a panel of farmers currently leasing land in the Berkshires and Pioneer Valley. A question and answer period immediately follows panel discussion.

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