{Late Autumn 2015} Farm:: Sugar House

Two years ago, we purchased an maple syrup evaporator in order to process our birch and maple sap into syrup and sugar.  Since that time, we have been working to add an apiary to produce honey from the farm.  At this time, the evaporator is out in the open.  We need to build a sugar house on the foundation of a barn that burned down many years ago.  The new sugar house will provide ample room for boiling sap in the spring, and for processing honey and wax from our hive, for many years to come.

The Project::

This fall, we will seek a permit from the Town of Barre, as well as from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to build our sugar house on the foundation of a burned down farm.  We need state approval because the foundation is located on preserved farmland.  We will need to clear and repair the existing foundation before a barn can be erected.  Ideally, we will be able to purchase a barn kit that will make the process easier.  The evaporator will need to be dismantled and moved to the new location, and re-lined with fire brick.  If possible, a rainwater collection and filtration system and solar electricity will be installed.

The Need::

  • Strong, hardy helpers
  • Hand and power tools to loan
  • Miscellaneous building materials
  • Barn kit or pre-built approximately 30’x40′ to fit the foundation

If you are interested in volunteering to help with this project, please email us at serve@renaissance-family.com

If you are interested in making a gift of materials or supplies, please email us at give@renaissance-family.com or make a monetary gift using the link below: