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Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015

Williams College students help tap trees

Williams College students “tap” into Berkshire

On a recent blustery winter day, five students from nearby Williams continued a 25-year-long tradition, of College service to Berkshire. This March, they traveled across the state line from Williamstown, MA to help our students and staff tap maple trees and to learn a little about maple syrup production. These students are part of Williams’ Lehman Community Engagement group, and serve as mentors and tutors for pre-college students.

“We are very pleased with our relationship with Berkshire Farm Center,” said Paula Consolini, Director of the Center for Learning in Action at Williams College. Our students gain as much as they give when they help other students who face challenging obstacles in their lives.”

Naomi Fields, class of 2016, was among them and eager to help. “I enjoyed learning how maple syrup is made, from start to finish,” said Fields. “It's refreshing to hang out with young people doing positive things with their lives. I like being a part of something that's developing these young men and changing their lives for the better."

imageThe photo to the left shows Berkshire student Martin [kneeling in front]. Behind Martin are Williams students [left to right] Cesar Dominguez, Maddie Epsten, Naomi Fields, and Molly Siebecker. Martin showed them how to tap trees and later demonstrated the evaporator unit [behind the students in photo]. Dominguez told us this was the first time he had ever tapped trees. “I learned a lot about maple syrup production. In the past we have experienced imageactivities such as ropes courses and hiking at Berkshire, as well as sitting down with students here to help them academically. I look forward to more outings here,” said Dominguez.

If you would like to see our maple syrup operation in action, join us at Maple Magic on April 11th. RSVP by calling Melissa Daley at 518-781-1803 or emailMelissa by March 24, 2015.

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