“It is nearly always the most improbable things that really come to pass.”
—E. T. A. Hoffmann, German writer, born January 24, 1862
I suggest a visit to Kris Badertscher’s brand new site Art & Videos. It looks great and has a lot of her fine work to look at. If you haven’t encountered Kris’s work before, you’ve got a treat coming. (BTW, A & V is a Squarespace 6 site. I’ve been doing some sites in SS6 recently and it makes a spiffy looking site.)
We’ve scheduled a Don’t Eat Lunch Alone at Universal Quality Machine in Holyoke on Febuary 5, 2014 at 12:00PM. We are very interested in manufacturing right now as we are the proud owners of a Precision Manufacturing Machine Shop. Come see us and bring your friends, especially if they’re in the manufacturing industry. I attended a meeting of the Advanced Manufacturing Regional Partnership Academy in Amherst the other day. A lot of smart, motivated, talented people want to help manufacturing succeed in Massachusetts. Let’s get together and talk about it!
I have to say that as picturesque as traditional maple sugaring is, seeing the clever, modern, gravity-driven systems based on lightweight materials just warms the cockles of my efficiency-expert heart. Somebody went even further back to basics in Vermont, and has figured out how to do even more with less. Read about Maple Syrup as a Row Crop. I foresee the rise of an market for traditionally-produced “artisanal” maple syrup.
Tomorrow in #westernma
|8:00-9:00AM||Springfield||Affiliated Chambers of Springfield Pastries, Politics and Policy at Lunch|
|8:00-9:30AM||Northampton||Non-Profit Marketing Roundtable|
|6:30PM||Indian Orchard||The Geek Group of Western Mass|
“In a natural forest, which varies in maple density, an average 60 to 100 taps per acre will yield 40 to 50 gallons of syrup. According to the researchers’ calculations, an acre of what is now called “the plantation method” could sustain 5,800 saplings with taps yielding 400 gallons of syrup per acre. If the method is realized, producing maple syrup on a commercial scale may no longer be restricted to those with forest land; it could require just 50 acres of arable land instead of 500 acres of forest. Furthermore, any region with the right climate for growing maples would be able to start up maple “farms”. The natural forest would become redundant.”
The Last Word
“If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy. God will forgive you but the bureaucracy won’t.”
—Hyman Rickover, American soldier, born January 27, 1900