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Maple syrup production, excerpt from oral history interview with Brian Ryther, November 30, 2013

Title

Maple syrup production, excerpt from oral history interview with Brian Ryther, November 30, 2013

Subject

Maple Farming
Mill Hollow Maple
Economic Development

Description

In October 2014, the Cooperstown Graduate Program hosted an Oral Histories in Dialogue session in Cooperstown, New York. Partially funded by the New York Council for the Humanities, this session sought to develop a new model for dialogue programs that include oral histories. This video was created in response to participant requests for greater integration of images, text, and audio in oral history clips.

Creator

Cyndi Tolosa

Source

http://www.cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/155

Publisher

Cooperstown Graduate Program, State University of New York-College at Oneonta

Date

2013-11-30

Rights

New York State Historical Association Library, Cooperstown, NY

Format

video/mpeg-4
640x480
34.6mB

Language

en-US

Type

Video

Coverage

Upstate New York
1977-2013

Transcription

It’s hard to call it an industry. There are probably hundreds of maple producers in the county. A lot of backyard [production] just like the way I grew up; families that make their own maple syrup. You get a little bit bigger where there are some producers with a couple of hundred taps. And then, in the county, there are four of us that I would say are commercial, that we make enough to make a living. Even though we all diversify a little bit, [we] actually are big enough that we could make our livings from it. It’s an untapped resource in this county and in the state. In New York State, it’s well publicized and well known; everywhere you look there’s maple trees and untapped potential. So many forests that go untapped that are just sitting dormant, and it’s a resource that we have. It’s a good industry to be in. If you can convince landowners to open up their forests for tapping, you could see the potential is huge for the industry in this area. If landowners could see the financial benefits from it... When I lease a forest, not only do they get rental income from me, but they get tax breaks for agricultural status, and the land will turn a profit for them rather than just being a tax burden.

Original Format

Photographs, Oral History

Duration

02:11

Compression

2215 kbps
29 frames/second

Files

Citation

Cyndi Tolosa, “Maple syrup production, excerpt from oral history interview with Brian Ryther, November 30, 2013,” CGP Community Stories, accessed May 21, 2019, http://cgpcommunitystories.org/items/show/185.