WHY EAT WILD?

"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 2, 2013

March Maple Syrup Events!


Its that time of year again, time to get a-tappin' and folks are out in the sugarbush doing just that as I write. The Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush started tapping on the 26th of February in a biting wind that was coming all the way from the frozen Lake Charlevoix. But sure enough, the sap was a-flowin' and above is the proof! Fresh sap from a fresh tap, the lifeblood of the forest. In keeping with this magical time of year, the Wagbo Farm organizes a number of events to get the community involved in these seasonal rhythms. Listed below, these should be a lot of fun and we hope you can make it to any or all events!


March Maple Syrup Events

“Will work for sugar” - Wagbo Sugaring workdays are on!

Come join the Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush for our group workdays in the lead-up to the Maple Syrup season and the Maple Syrup Open House at the end of March. The “Friends” is an all-volunteer-run community group that enjoys participating in and sharing the agri-cultural heritage known as “sugaring.”



There are lots of ways to partake in the fun, from tapping trees and boiling sap to serving pancakes and painting signs. No experience is necessary and all hours are eligible to earn syrup. Added bonuses include hot beverages and homemade treats while you work, general camaraderie and supporting community traditions!


We look forward to seeing you there!






Community Potluck & Program Series: Sugaring Demo Day with the Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush


Saturday, March 9th, 12 noon at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. FREE, family-friendly. For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or info@wagbo.org.



12 noon Potluck: Bring a dish to pass if you are able, although not required. Beverages and table service provided.

       1pm Program: Learn more about the process of Maple sugaring by hands-on participation in our all-volunteer run syrup operation, affectionately known as the Friends of the Wagbo Sugarbush. With any luck and depending on the weather, we could be tapping trees or even boiling sap into syrup. Dress appropriately for outdoor work and a possible hike to the Sugarbush. A great experience for people interested in learning how we produce syrup and others wishing to join our volunteer group.





Jordan Valley Outdoor Youth Programs Presents: “Pancake Party”



Sunday, March 17th, 1pm at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. FREE, family-friendly. For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or info@wagbo.org.



An annual “up north” tradition the whole family can enjoy. Bring the kiddos and feast on freshly made pancakes served with our syrup. Afterwards tour the Sugar Shack to learn about how we make it, and how you can do it at home. 



10th Annual Maple Syrup Open House!

Saturday, March 30th, 10am to 3pm at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. FREE & family-friendly. For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or info@wagbo.org.



This annual festivity includes syrup tastings, Maple treats, Sugar Shack tours, a petting zoo, kids activities, nature hikes to the Sugarbush, music and more. This year will feature mini workshops and an Easter Egg Hunt! Support the all-volunteer-run Friends of the Wagbo Sugar Bush program by purchasing a raffle ticket for a Maple-themed gift basket or a tasty treat in our bake sale.



the Maple Table

Saturdays and Sundays during sap flow, 10am to 2pm at the Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center in East Jordan. Family-friendly. For more information contact the Wagbo Farm at 231-536-0333 or info@wagbo.org.

A ‘pop-up’ pancake restaurant with a Maple theme on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) during the sap flow. Dates TBA - check us out on our website (wagbo.org) for our menu and schedule.

Enjoy fresh & local foods & tour our sugarshack in full boiling action!



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