Maple Syrup

©Emily Ford. Used with permission.

Emily Ford isn't the kind of gardener to sit around twiddling her thumbs when winter drags on.

The harsh winter took her bees, but she's already planning to restock the hives. And while she was waiting for spring to arrive, she tapped some friends to borrow gear and then tapped some maple trees.

Suffice it to say that this year, Glensheen will be abuzz with bees, in bloom with roses, and dripping with maple syrup.

KUMD is saddened by the passing of Larry Smallwood [Amik], a longtime contributor to our program Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa.  We send our thoughts and condolences to his family, and to the many people in the community who benefited from his wisdom and guidance.  Amik grew up in Aazhoomoog, the Lake Lena District of Mille Lacs, and served as the director of language and culture for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  He also taught Ojibwe language at many institutions, including UMD.

Rogotzke's Simple Gifts

Silver maple makes great syrup.

So does white and yellow birch.

Pines?  Not so much.

Who'd a thunk it?

The ins and outs of maple syrup - and maple sugar candy - from Dave Rogotzke, who tapped the first trees of the season just yesterday.

On this episode of Ojibwe Stories: Gaganoonididaa, Larry Amik Smallwood and host Erik Redix talk about making maple syrup. 

Larry Amik Smallwood grew up in Aazhoomoog, the Lake Lena District of Mille Lacs.  He has worked as a language instructor for the Minneapolis Public Schools, Nay Ah Shing School, the Leech Lake Tribal College, and the University of Minnesota - Duluth.  Since 1999, he has served as the director of language and culture for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.