Sci-Fi and Life on a Maple Farm

Coming on the heels of our own maple syrup making at Downsview Park was the Elmira Maple Syrup Festival. This year on April 5 they marked their 50th anniversary with sugar bush tours; pancake flipping contests; antique, toy and craft shoes; pony rides; maple taffy making and maple themed food vendors as far as the eye […] READ MORE

We all do what it takes to find sweetness…

We’re delighted to share with you a post by Vivian Reiss, a Toronto artist and blogger who also participated in our Syrup in the City program. Below is Vivian’s story about her experience with sap harvested from her Norway maple tree with Not Far From The Tree. Be sure to check out her website, too! […] READ MORE

Syrup in the City: Update

By the time our Party in the Park rolled around on Sunday March 13, we had collected 92 Litres of sap from five of our 10 tapped trees. Last year, the weather wasn’t ideal for sap collection, and the sap had pretty much stopped flowing by mid-March. This year, however, the sap has been flowing […] READ MORE

Syrup in the City a big success!

Thanks to everyone who came out to our Syrup in the City Party in the Park this past Sunday. The weather was perfect to welcome the year’s first crop – maple syrup. Thanks especially to our maple tree owners who participated in this program and donated sap to our sugarin’ off. In total, we collected […] READ MORE

This Sunday — a sugarin’ off!

If you’re wondering what to do this weekend — wonder no longer! Syrup in the City’s Party in the Park, a celebration of all things maple, is taking place this Sunday March 13th from 1-4pm at Dufferin Grove Park. Come on out to the only FREE event that made it to Toronto Life Magazine‘s “To […] READ MORE

All healed up from last year

Our Syrup in the City program won’t tap trees two year in a row, allowing tapped trees a full year to direct their energy to healing themselves from tap wounds. Today I walked over to a participating Norway maple tree from last year in order to see how the tap hole had healed up. I […] READ MORE

Our first taps of the season

On Saturday, Syrup in the City volunteer Mark and I gathered our tapping supplies and ventured out into the urban forest. We had been given the all-clear from our volunteer arborists to tap four trees on three separate properties. Based on past years’ weather conditions, we had decided to begin tapping this weekend, so as […] READ MORE

Tapping Trees with Syrup in the City

Last year, Not Far From The Tree embarked on a pilot project to bring the magic of the rural sugar bush to the heart of the city. The purpose of this was to continue Not Far From The Tree’s mission to animate the urban forest in a hands-on way to educate Torontonians about trees, food […] READ MORE

Syrup in the City 2011 Launches

The end of winter is near and Not Far From The Tree is ready for the iconic food of the season: maple syrup! Not Far From The Tree is pleased to announce the launch of our urban maple syrup program, Syrup in the City, after a successful pilot program last year. This year, with the […] READ MORE