"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sweeten up the Winter Blues...

Its that time of year again, friends. The days are getting longer, the snow is melting and the sap is flowing in the Maple trees!
Yes, that long awaited 1st seasonal Wild Edible is here, coursing in the veins of trees just waiting for us to tap and work our you-know-whats off to get that sweet Michigan syrup. Here at the Wagbo Farm and Education Ctr. volunteers have been getting together to share in this time-honored tradition of this essential blending of our lives and the greater ecological community we commonly call Sugartime.

Edible Events are scheduled for March!

Saturday, March 20, 10:30am-3:30pm
Come out to the Wagbo Farm for a fun and educational tour of the world of maple syrup! Learn how to tap trees, boil syrup in your own backyard, and operate a large-scale commercial evaporator. There will be separate children’s activities, including a short hike, storytelling, and puppet shows. Please come dressed for the weather, as this event will be mostly outdoors!

10:30-12:30 (Adult)- Evaporator Training: Workshop and demonstration on how to run a large-scale commericial evaporator with Wagbo's 5'x16' wood-fired system.
10:30-12:30 (Children)- Maple Ecology Hike: A short hike to a stand of maple trees, with hands-on lessons on tapping maples. Maple sap and syrup will be available for tasting, and help boil down sap in our cauldron!
12:30-1:30- Lunch: Wagbo will provide hot soup, beverages, and maple-themed snacks.
1:30-3:30 (Adult)- Maple Ecology Hike: Hike out to Wagbo's sugarbush and gain knowledge of a vacuum sap collection system. Receive hands-on lessons on how to tap maples, and taste delicious maple sap and syrup.
1:30-3:30 (Children)- Turning the Seasons: Join Chris Evans of Wild Ginger Children's Arts as she presents puppet shows and tells stories about the coming of spring.
**Please Note- Of course children can attend the adult's programming, or vice versa, if they so wish! However, we do ask that adults don't leave the Wagbo premises while their children are here.

Cost $10 of adults, $5 for children, $28 for a family, 3 and under are free. Please register by Thursday, March 18. For more info, call 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

Saturday, March 27, 10 am-3 pm

Join us at the Wagbo Farm for our annual family event to celebrate Maple Syrup! Pancake breakfast served all day with real Wagbo Maple Syrup and locally-produced sausage and bacon. Music, sleigh rides out to the sugar bush, syrup tasting, “pancake” flipping contests an more – plus view maple syrup being made in our sugar shack! All food and activities are included for one price!

Cost $10 of adults, $5 for children, $28 for a family, 3 and under are free. No pre-registration required. For more info, call 231-536-0333, or email wagbo@torchlake.com.

You too can volunteer in exchange for syrup. We are an all volunteer-run Sugarbush and depend on the kindness of others to keep our operation going strong. www.wagbopeacecenter.blogspot.com 231.536.0333 for more info. Hope to see ya there!