Jacob Riggleman, a horticulture major from Buchannan, W.Va., displays a bottle of the maple syrup he helped tap, cook, and bottle at West Virginia University Potomac State College. The maple syrup is currently for sale by calling 304.257.8131.
The late Ed Hartman, of Indian Water Maple Company, and his wife, Karen, contacted PSC SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship) Coordinator Corey Armstrong last year about tapping the many maple trees on the College farms. The Hartmans were soon volunteering their time, energy and equipment to help the students get started in their new venture.
The Agriculture Department is currently selling the maple syrup they produced this year, and anyone interested in purchasing the syrup can contact Andy Walker, Gustafson Farm program coordinator, at 304.257.8131.
The College will hold an Open House on Sunday, April 28 at 1 p.m. for the Maple Syrup Sugar Shack as well as the new Farm Store. Both are located across the road from the Gustafson Farm off of Parkview Drive in Keyser. The public in invited to attend the Open House and sample the various products for sale.