“The sounds of kids playing, the click, click, click of wheels on a sidewalk, muffled music coming from someones house or car, delivery trucks, footsteps, helicopters, conversations on corners, they all add up to this wonderful cacophony.”
Maple sugaring is a long-standing dialogue Vermonters have had with our thickly forested state. Early Yankee settlers first learned to tap Maples for sap from original Abenaki natives who had practiced a form of sugaring for thousands of years. In 2012, with an abnormally warm winter and a poor sugaring season, some tree tappers are becoming concerned. Not only is it a source of livelihood, sugaring is an artistic form of engagement with the natural world.