Arnold Coombs’ family has been tapping trees in Vermont and making maple syrup for seven generations. Today, Coombs Family Farms sources maple from 3,000 small family farms. Mark Isselhardt is a maple specialist at the University of Vermont extension school, where he studies maple production. In this episode, both maple experts talk to host Lisa Held about the sugaring tradition, what modern, commercial production looks like, how farmers can diversify their income with maple, and the environmental impacts of maple production in the era of climate change.
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