Farm staff member receives UVM Award for maple sugaring education
Lynn Wolfe, Shelburne Farms Assistant Market Gardener, was awarded the 2020 James W. Marvin Award in Conservation & Science through the UVM College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Department of Plant Biology. This award is given annually to a Vermont-based young professional in the early stages of their career to forward causes most cherished by Jim Marvin, founder of the sugaring operation Butternut Mountain Farm in Johnson, Vermont.
Lynn will apply the $5,000 awarded from UVM to further her work at the Farm in developing maple sugaring technical education, which was the subject of her 2019 Master’s thesis. Beginning September 1, 2020, a year-long extension of this project will specifically focus on refining a Maple Sugaring Manual for Vermont technical education centers, and conducting a 2021 Maple Career Development event for high school students in spring 2021.
We are so excited that with this award, UVM is honoring Lynn for her excellence. We also look forward to her efforts to further engage high school students in the science, technology, and how-to’s of maple sugaring, in order to strengthen the maple sugar industry throughout Vermont, which now produces more than half of this country’s maple syrup!