The Leech Lake Diabetes Program along with the Bena Local Indian Council will be hosting a two session Family Wellness Event to learn about the process of Maple Syrup production and a hands on introduction to the Sugar Bush.
Families from all districts are welcome to attend.
Session 1 will be held February 24, 2018 and Session 2 will be held March 10, 2018. Both sessions will take place at the Bena Community Center. Session 2 will require participants to arrange travel for them selves from Bena to the Sugar Bush at Sucker Bay.
Session 1- Sugar Bush Seminar
The following presenters will discuss their experiences as it relates to the foundations of the Sugar Bush:
- Elders- Wally Humphrey & Guy Green
- Leech Lake DRM- Levi Brown
- Chippewa National Forest- Audrey Gustafson
- Historical Preservationist- Jim Jones
- Leech Lake Diabetes Program- Kara Randall
A pancake breakfast will be served.
Session 2- Introduction to the Sugar Bush
Hands on experience with tree tapping, sap collecting & boiling at the Sugar Bush.
A feast to give thanks for the sap will be provided.
2:00PM- Meet at Bena Community Center and caravan to the Sucker Bay Sugar Bush
4:00PM- Return to Bena Community Center for feast
Contact Bonita Desjarlais, 218-665-3037 or Angie Nason, 218-335-4511