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Beaver Hill Plantation has been a family-owned and operated Maple Syrup and Firewood business since 2011. We are located in the heart of Freedom, Maine. We have a profound appreciation for the area's deep-rooted history and our foundation reflects that reverence. Beaver Hill Plantation was founded by the State of Massachusetts in 1811. In 1813, while still a part of Massachusetts, Beaver Hill Plantation, along with other neighboring areas, was reorganized and incorporated as the Town of Freedom. In 2011, on the two hundredth anniversary of the founding of Beaver Hill Plantation, we decided to incorporate Beaver Hill Plantation LLC as a business under the State of Maine.
Our family has been farming here since 1980. In August of 2014, our family established an easement on 500 acres of our land through the Maine Farmland Trust, ensuring our farmland will be protected for generations to come. We consistently and meticulously follow conservation practices by adopting forest management plans and other long-term stewardship procedures. We are a certified USDA organic maple syrup producer recognized by Maine Organic Farmers and Gardners Association (MOFGA) in 2019.
Maple syrup has been our main focus, but we also produce and sell firewood, lumber and are waiting for our Christmas trees to mature. We began selling firewood in 2011 and in 2012 we began producing maple syrup. Along the way, we have acquired a firewood processor, a sawmill, and other equipment.
In 9 seasons as a maple producer, we are always learning. We work to cultivate our experiences to grow a little more each year. Growth introduces new challenges such as scalability, sustainability, and efficiency. We have recognized that even though we have the potential to become a fairly large maple syrup producer someday, we do not want to venture away from burning wood to make our syrup. In 2019, we bought a new wood-fired evaporator that has allowed us to produce syrup at a very efficient rate. We recycle both slab wood from our sawmill and waste wood from our firewood processor to keep our syrup boiling. Recently, we decided to transition away from single-use plastic jugs to use glass jars which can be returned and reused!
As do most Maple Operations in Maine, we participate in Maple Syrup Weekend which is the third weekend in March. During this celebration of all things maple, we offer tours and horse-drawn wagon rides through the orchard on both Saturday and Sunday, as well as provide samples, sales, demonstrations, and lots of stories.
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