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Photos by Iain Wallace


Brian Prendergast runs a small maple sugar house near his home on Story Road, North Middlesex. Prendergast, a graphic designer, began sugaring in 2004, when he approached nearby Rumney Memorial School, offering to provide students an opportunity to learn about sugar making. Using funds from a grant he received, Prendergast purchased the necessary equipment and built the sugar house on the banks of Story Brook. Maple syrup making is an integrated area of study for all Rumney students, K through 5, with each student assisting in the tapping, collecting, and boiling of the sap, under the guidance of Prendergast. The syrup is then used in the school kitchen in a variety of dishes.