Affiliate group gathers to tap maple trees/make syrup

02/21/2022 7:36 am

The Earth Tenders, a group of affiliates with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are connecting with FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge, just outside of La Crosse, in an effort to acknowledge and learn from our ancestors. "The Indigenous people of North America taught the first European settlers how to tap the maple tree and make syrup. We want to acknowledge that history and the importance of connecting to nature, on the ancestral land of the Ho-Chunk Nation that we call the FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge," says Beth Piggush, FSPA's integral ecology director.

"FSPA has made a seven-year commitment to intensify actions for greater social and environmental justice," says Piggush. "This is an opportunity for our affiliates and their guests to nurture this land and educate others. Additionally, our intern from UW-La Crosse is supporting this project as part of her environmental studies Capstone Project." The ultimate goal is to boil 100 gallons of sap and distribute two gallons of syrup to the kitchens at the sisters' homes in La Crosse.

La Crosse's WXOW reporter Crystal Flintrop joined the Earth Tenders on Feb 19 to tap the maple trees. Click or tap the image below to watch a short news clip:

"After waiting weeks for the weather to warm and sap to flow, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration spent their Saturday [Mar. 19] collecting and boiling sap to make maple syrup," explains WXOW News 19's recent article. Click or tap the image below to learn more:

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