Alchemists in Residence
We are proud to be family owned and operated. After lying dormant for several decades, our sugarbush was reactivated in 2005. Since then, our family has reconvened in Vermont from points across the country for the common goal of harvesting our “liquid gold.”
We embrace the myriad challenges involved in producing syrup during springtime and maintaining infrastructure throughout the other seasons. Unpredictably difficult, and at times wildly euphoric, the maple sugaring business has proven to be a gold mine for our family relations and connectedness.
It is also deeply satisfying to participate in an agricultural continuum that stretches back well before Europeans colonized North America. Today, when wilderness everywhere is under threat, the sanctity of the forest endures.
Alchemists of antiquity engaged in a timeless quest to understand the world’s elemental secrets and transform and perfect life in the process. At Backwoods Alchemy, we believe those are fine traditions to carry forward into the future.
Recently relocated from the Pacific Northwest to be an alchemist’s apprentice.
The son of a NYC chemist, he found his true calling in Vermont’s golden alchemy.
Born in Oregon’s big timber country. Our matriarch and the catalyst behind it all.
Serious, satirical, and steadfast. Worked and played in our sugarbush his entire life.
Lead Researcher. Expert in our fields.
Senior Syrupintendent. Barks orders, doesn’t take questions.
Junior Apprentice. Still learning his lines.
It starts in the earth, spreading through the roots to the branches. Through an elemental trial of fire, air, and water, the maple sap is magically transformed to pure organic syrup.
Our farmstead dates back to the Civil War. Native Americans surely used the robust maple groves as a resource long before that. Today, our small county in rural Vermont is the epicenter of maple farming in the country.
noun | back • woods | \ – ˈwu̇dz\
1 : wooded or partly cleared areas far from cities
noun | al • che • my | \ˈal – kə – mē \
1 : a medieval chemical science aiming to achieve the transmutation of base metals into gold, and the discoveries of a universal cure for disease and a means of indefinitely prolonging life