OSU Extension to teach maple growers how to tap into business planning during Maple Days Dec. 9–10

Maple Syrup on pancakes

General public invited to enjoy three-course, maple syrup-infused buffet and robber bingo during One Sweet Gathering on evening of Dec. 9

COLUMBUS, OhioOhio State University Extension presents Ohio Maple Days, a series of educational sessions on maple syrup production to help maple syrup producers and hobbyists prepare for the coming season. The event will run Dec. 9–10 at the John C. Myers Convocation Center, Ashland University, 638 Jefferson St., Ashland, Ohio 44805.

New this year, the Ohio Maple Producers Association will host One Sweet Gathering, which includes a social hour; a cash bar with maple beers and other maple beverages; a three-course, maple-infused benefit dinner; and game night. Proceeds will support education and research at The Ohio State University at Mansfield.

Ohio Maple Days kicks off Friday, Dec. 9, from 1–5 p.m. with a half-day seminar called Maple Business Planning Deep Dive. Mark Cannella, Extension associate professor, University of Vermont, will present lessons on strategic planning, marketing, and managing finances toward profitability. This longer-form program will offer time for group discussion and time to work on individual basic business planning steps.

Additional sessions will run Saturday, Dec. 10, from 9–4 p.m. and will include research talks, seminars, vendor displays, and downtime to enjoy meals and engage with fellow maple enthusiasts.

“Ohio Maple Days are designed to not only move maple producers forward with new ideas and technology, but also to attract new producers,” said Kathy Smith, program director, OSU Extension, the statewide outreach arm of Ohio State’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences. “Anyone interested in maple syrup production is welcome to attend. Whether you’re a for-profit business, hobbyist, 4-H student, or someone considering tapping their backyard maple tree, Ohio Maple Days has something for everyone.”

Registration for the Friday and Saturday workshops, as well as the benefit dinner are separate. Registration details are:

Maple Business Planning Deep Dive
Friday, Dec. 9, 1–5 p.m.
Cost: $20
Register online at woodlandstewards.osu.edu.

One Sweet Gathering
Friday, Dec. 9, 6 p.m.
Cost: $60/ticket; cash bar and extra bingo tickets sold separately
here to download the registration form.

Saturday Sessions
Saturday, Dec. 10, 8:30–4 p.m.
Cost: $45 for regular attendee; $100 for vendor
Register online at woodlandstewards.osu.edu by Dec. 2

More information about Ohio Maple Days, including a brochure with more details, can be found at

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Kathy Smith