12 - 5 pm
Meet at the courthouse lot on Water St.
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Come help remove and burn brush at Waterfall Farm - a Maple Syrup Farm in Ashe County! Don't miss this chance to see one of the most unique farms in our area.
Doug Munroe began back yard sugaring in 2006, tapping a few maple trees close to the house, and boiling the sap down on his wood stove. The project has grown and evolved into one of only a few commercial maple syrup operations in the state. Wheeler partnered with her father in the maple enterprise in the fall of 2012.
For the Farm Workday, volunteers will help move and burn brush. The Wheeler's have been doing some selective logging this fall in an effort to "release" sugar trees in the woods that are in competition with the other trees, giving the maples the advantage of more sun and space. There is an enormous amount of wood and work left behind after the sellable timber has been hauled away. A large portion of the logged remainders will become next years firewood for the wood-fired evaporator in the sugar house, and whats too small for that will be dragged into piles and either burned, if adjacent to a field, or left to quietly decay if immersed in forest.