Tunbridge Panel Discusses Sugaring


Communities / Feb. 16, 2017 9:58am EST

Scott Beavers (Tunbridge)

Five Tunbridge men who know sugaring well will be the panelists for a Winter Evenings program this Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Tunbridge Public Library. The health of sugar maples, technology, family traditions, climate and economics are topics expected to be covered by the sugaring panelists.

In 2015, Paul Harwood was the National Outstanding Tree Farm Inspector of the Year and the Northeast Regional Tree Farm Forester of the Year. He founded his forestry consulting business in 1989, managing more than 400 private woodland properties.

Ted Hoyt is an eighth-generation dairy farmer who sugars on Hoyt Hill with his son, Calvin, a panelist; his brother, Tom, and nephew, Thomas. Their Hoyt Hill sugarbush has been tapped since the 1950s. Calvin is a forester who works with clients preparing and managing properties under the state current use program.

Mike Bogardus, also from a long line of Tunbridge farmers, sugars on Monarch Hill. This year will be the fourth season for his new sugarhouse. A highlight of his operation is visits by the Tunbridge Central School students who go in the woods, collect buckets, and watch how syrup is made.

Cody Armstrong is a fifth generation sugarer originally from Randolph Center, where he and his wife, Ashley, own CDA Maple. They had made 100 gallons by early February. As a crew chief for Chippers, he operates sugarbushes for property owners.

The program is free and refreshments will be served. For more information, call 889-9404.

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