Crotched Mountain School received some great regional attention when the folks at NBC Boston journeyed to Greenfield to pay us a visit. What drew them? The sweet beckoning of our award-winning, student-run maple syrup program, a central piece of our Farm School vocational program!
For years, Crotched Mountain School students have experienced the entire syrup-making process, from running taplines, to collecting sap, to boiling it down in our very own sugar house, and, finally, bottling up the tasty amber liquid. From NBC’s article:
Colby Hoover, age 15, is a day student at Crotched Mountain. He participates in the maple syrup making process.
“Going out collecting sap, tapping trees, checking the line – that stuff I’m all for,” Hoover said.
Hoover is learning life skills through the process of making maple syrup from scratch.
“It’s fun doing activities,” Hoover said. “I’m more of a hands-on learner.”
Crotched Mountain provides the kind of support that students like Colby need to discover what he loves.
“I love being a part of a team, because I’m surrounded by people that I like a lot,” Hoover said. Although, he did admit there was one aspect of making maple syrup that he doesn’t love: “The boiling part.”
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