Michael Farrell serves as the director of Cornell University's Uihlein Forest, a maple syrup research and extension field station in Lake Placid, NY. There he taps approximately 5,000 maples, 600 birch trees, and a couple dozen black walnut and butternut trees every year. He has authored more than fifty articles on maple syrup production and forest management and often presents to maple producer and landowner organizations. Michael earned his bachelor's in economics from Hamilton College, his master's in forestry from SUNY-ESF, and his PhD in natural resources from Cornell University.
This year's National Maple Syrup Festival takes place in various locations of Brown County, Indiana from March 5th-8th. Dr. Michael Farrell will speak at an event on the evening of Friday, March 6th of the festival. This event will begin at 6 PM with a reception at the History Center, followed by dinner at 6:30 PM. Farrell will begin his talk at 7:15 PM, and he will have his book available. Tickets are $35 per person, including the reception, dinner presentation, and a special maple gift.
An Integrated Approach to Producing Syrup from Maple, Birch, and Walnut Trees
The Sugarmakerís Companion is the comprehensive guide small-and large-scale syrup producers have been waiting for in their quest to create a profitable business model. Michael Farrell documents the untapped potential of American forests and shows how sugaring can turn a substantial profit for farmers while providing tremendous enjoyment and satisfaction.