Sap House Spring


Sap House Spring

One of the big factors in picking the land for our farm was water. I wanted to be at the top of the water shed so I was not receiving pollution from some source further up and I wanted to have plenty of flow because water is vital to life.
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Along with the benefit of being at the top of the watershed is a responsibility. We don’t use herbicides, pesticides, synthetic fertilizers and other toxins which helps to keep the water that leaves our land clean as it heads for the sea. One inch of rain fall generates about 25 million gallons of water on our land. I have terraced the areas around the farm such that more of that soaks in instead of running off. The old stonewalls that run with the contours of the land create a similar effect. When the rain soaks in it replenishes the water table, is filtered and helps prevent overflow situations downstream of us.

This is the sap house spring up in our sugar bush on the east side of Sugar Mountain. The building in the distance is the sap house where the maple sap collects before feeding down to the sugar house. The orange barrel is a giant colander, a filter that keeps leaves and critters out of our water line. The line runs about half a mile down Sugar Mountain through a continuous 2″ pipe to the center of our farm where it dumps into the upper pond. I have it setup so much of the summer it can make a fountain with about 165′ of head. Lots of fun!

This spring brings water down from the vale of the upper part of the mountain and has probably served our farm for over 200 years. The water here may be why the original settlers picked this spot in 1777 and why this one old farm house is the only one left of the entire village that was here in our valley long ago. I’m often stumbling on old foundations out in the forests, dreams that someone else had long ago and are now just patterns of stones.

Outdoors: 63°F/49°F Sunny
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F

Daily Spark:
Walter: “I have the answer, it is ‘Yes!'”
Ben: “Wonderful, so what is the question?”
Walter: “What? Why do I have to do all the heavy lifting? I have the answer! Someone else needs to figure out the question. It just needs to match the answer!”

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About Walter Jeffries

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3 Responses to Sap House Spring

  1. Roy's Farm says:

    How big is your farm? I mean how many acres?

  2. Nancy Hofmeister says:

    I love all of the water talk. The spring. The water table. The 200 year history. The practicality. Water is life.

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