Tree Tapping and Syruping with Barry and Doug: Feb 1


Location: Treasure Lake, 2590 Lawrenceburg Ferry Road, Petersburg, KY

Facilitators: Barry Schlimme and Doug Crouch

Date: February 1st, Saturday 10:00- 4

Day Cost:

  • $55 by January 15th
  • $60 until January 31st

Includes the following:

  •  catered brunch from Lakshmi at Daal Baby (fusion south indian and Kentucky)
  • take home bottles of syrup (Black Walnut and Maple).

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Tapping and Syruping can be daunting. Education can cure overwhelm! This course will go through the many steps, both hands-on and theoretically.  First we must identify trees and their health to tap.  From there tapping can commence and discussion around the pros and cons of various materials and methods of collection will be thorough. We will enjoy the raw sap raw along the way, But then the work of transferring the sap to a cooking down station is necessary for storage of syrup.  Different scales and equipment will be discussed to turn sap into syrup.  It is definitely an art, takes time and resources, but the payoff is delicious and gives a local sugar resource that can last all year long with the correct scale.  It can also be turned into a cottage industry or barter item as we do here in Petersburg.

Doug’s work with his Active Forest Enhancement Program at Treasure Lake has had a focus on getting to a sugarbush level.  A sugarbush is a dense concentration of maples and techniques for perpetuating them will be discussed as well. However sugar maple is not our only tree available for tapping with the Black Walnut also being a top choice.    

Immerse yourself in the forests, farmland, and wild and cultivated areas of Treasure Lake to learn tried and true tips and techniques from Barry and Doug.  Take this opportunity to also network with like-minded folks, thus making lasting regional connections. A brunch will be served and of course some SYRUP!    


Barry Schlimme, co-owner, Red Sunflower Farm

Age 69, born southeast Pennsylvania, attended University of Montana, narcoleptic, married 23 years, two sons and one daughter in their 30s, two grandchildren.  Blue collar to age 23, white collar to age 53, initiated into

Barry Schlimme with his beloved syrup

manhood at age 51, now working to create a highly sustainable homestead.  Earned permaculture design certificate in 2009.  We are currently off the grid with water, grow or raise 85% of our own food, and will be off the grid with solar by March 2020.  Through various programs, primarily WWOOF, hosted thirty five interns over the past ten years from all over the world.  Have been sugaring for ten years and continually upgrade equipment and knowledge.  My mission is to recreate a conscious, connected world, by returning to an Earth-centered existence and inviting others to join me.  

Doug Crouch

Trained as both a Permaculture Designer and Fish and Wildlife Manager, Doug

Doug Crouch in his beloved paw paw groves

has extensive knowledge surrounding landscape planning and food production systems. This regenerative design and implementation work spans the globe ranging in contexts and climates including tropical agro-forestry, Mediterranean organic gardening, and temperate suburban edible landscaping. To facilitate this work he founded TreeYo Permaculture thus building off his other formal training in small business management. Incorporating this knowledge and experience into sustainability educational programming has now become Doug’s main focus as he continues his ecological design and holistic development at Treasure Lake.  

Host Site:

Treasure Lake

Treasure lake is local small business focused on recreation and education in nature which been in the Crouch family since 1983.  It’s a wonderfully scenic place hidden in the hills of the Northwestern Corner of Northern Kentucky and Boone County only 22 miles from downtown Cincinnati.  We have been hard at work developing the broad acre forest for bio-diversity and wild food abundance for nearly 20 years through active forest enhancement techniques pioneered by Doug.   Furthermore, the following Permaculture elements and functions that can be experienced are:

  • Non Timber forest product development including a focus on wildlife management
  • Extensive Native Food Forest complimented with Tree Crops and specific management techniques to enhance this
  • Hot & Cold Composting (Vermiculture) systems for boosting soil life, picking up on waste streams, and cycling nutrients
  • Tree Crop and mushroom production for further food resilience
  • Event and Festival hosting to create a cultural gathering point for many points of culture
  • Community Building through energy cycling and regenerative education
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