UofL to demonstrate how to tap campus maple trees


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A workshop and demonstration on maple tree tapping will be held Feb. 13 on the University of Louisville’s Belknap Campus.

    The free 1 p.m. event will begin inside the Cultural Center Multipurpose Room and move outdoors to the Garden Commons community garden for the tapping demonstration. Maple syrup expert David Barker, who helped UofL tap maple trees on Belknap Campus last year for a biology class project, will lead the event.

    Participants will also get a chance to taste a bit of syrup made from last year’s tapping efforts, which produced about a half-gallon of syrup.

    “We are always looking for ways to use UofL’s campus as a living laboratory for sustainability,” said Justin Mog, assistant to the provost for sustainability initiatives. “Tapping maple trees here on our campus is another way to teach about food literacy and urban agriculture.”

    For more information, contact Mog at justin.mog@louisville.edu or visit louisville.edu/sustainability.


    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.