Saturday March 17th is “Mountain State Maple Day” in West Virginia. Sugar shacks and maple operations around the state will open their doors to the public. Maple syrup has a long tradition in the high mountain regions of our state, and the industry is growing. As part of our ongoing series called “Appetite Appalachia”, this morning, we’ll hear two stories about maple syrup farmers in the Mountain State. It’s part of a new collaboration between West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia Department of Agriculture. In this episode of West Virginia Morning, we meet Brandon Daniels, a producer who has been making maple syrup for nearly 30 years.
We also meet a new maple farmer named Jeremy Ray. He’s an Iraq War veteran who was looking for a hobby to help fill his time. What he found was a way to heal his wounds.
Some educators in West Virginia are using the historic, nine-day strike as a teachable moment in their classrooms. As Molly Born reports, one teacher in Wyoming County has been especially candid with his young students.