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Sugaring Season (S’15)

“It makes a big difference to drink sap from a tree while you’re looking AT the tree.”

“My favorite part was at the end when we all sat in the sugar house and drank sap tea.”

“For me the best part was finding a bucket full to the brim, almost spilling, and taking a big drink. It was so rewarding to fill the barrel to the top.”

“The best part is hearing that in two hours, you collected 600 or 800 gallons.”

“It was 60 degrees so I wore a tank top for the first time and it was very refreshing.”

“At the end, they gave us maple tea, which is basically not quite syrup, and it was the best thing.”

“I put sap in my water bottle before break and left it… then I opened it after break and there was a very strong stench. I left it for another week before I got up the nerve to clean it.”

“Last week was the first week, and it was really hard work. I was worn out by gathering. This week, I was really amazed by how much sap there was. I was proud that it was the biggest gather in the last few years–every day at Morning Meeting Kit says, ‘Yesterday was the biggest gather of the year!’ It just keeps going.”

“Gathering was really great. I was surprised by how full the buckets were – they were really full if not overflowing. It was cool to do the process with buckets as opposed to just a vacuum system because it was so hands-on bringing buckets to the shack… It was authentic! That’s the word.”

“We gathered 600 odd buckets. We had a system going. At the sugar house, I got to taste it at every stage. Sam holds it up to the light to see how it drips so he can determine the grade – A, B, dark amber etc. It was cool because we were doing it by ourselves, but it felt like a group effort.”

“When Sam is boiling, you can see this added light and life in his eyes. OK, maybe I’m exaggerating a little.”

October in Vermont (F’14 Student Photography)


Things growing/dying

Eat more kale
Scarecrow? Is that you?
Rolling transportable chicken coop
Vermont’s favorite baby
For those who think there is only one kind of lettuce
RIP fresh corn
Nothing gold can stay (s/o to Frost)


Friendly farm animals

This little piggy went to market
Caught em slippin
The curious incident of the cow in the camera
8 cups of water a day
Just a girl and her pigs
Eat more chicken
Natural alarm clock (view from Conard dorm room)
“To your sheep, your fleece, your lamb be true” (s/o to the greatest movie of all time, Babe)

Friendly two-legged animals

Just hanging out
Doing HW in a pasture, NBD
Study buddies
Portrait of a serious academic 1
Portrait of a serious academic 2
We are lucky to call this place home


Shout out to BBM for his stellar photography skills.


Congratulations to all those admitted for Fall ’14 and Spring ’15! Your friends at TMS want to welcome you to the family. We can’t wait to meet you! #SAYYES2TMS


Do you find yourself wondering what you’ll miss out on if you leave home? What is the benefit if things are already going pretty well in my normal life? Those are perfectly reasonable questions – many of us had the same doubts before taking the leap and moving to Vermont. We hope you’ll take the chance too. Here is a list, compiled by recent graduates, of


  1. You get to be friends with the best adults in the world.
  2. You gain maturity, confidence and wisdom.
  3. It’s a breath of fresh air, literally and metaphorically.
  4. You are never bored, and school is fun.
  5. Dorm life is awesome.
  6. There are new surprises every day.
  7. Garden Hill makes you feel as if you’re in The Sound of Music.
  8. You make life long best friends (people and farm animals alike!)
  9. You gain new skills that you never imagined you would have.
  10. Baby Alden (seen dancing here).
  11. You learn what a turkey bite feels like.
  12. Because there are 45 of you all being thrown together, and although the first few days are very awkward, you get to know them all so well, it feels like you’ve known each other for years.
  13. You can potentially have an axe named after you!
  14. The food is incredible, as are the chefs.
  15. You learn how to live for three days in the woods.
  16. You can impress the world with your vast knowledge of the forested landscape.
  17. The sheep are adorable – and so is our new llama!
  18. You learn how to cut down trees like a boss.
  19. You come to love and respect a place more than you ever thought possible.
  20. You never want to leave.
  21. You’ll never have a chance like this again.
  22. If you don’t, you’ll always be wondering, “What if?
  23. You learn how to let yourself be known.
  24. To push yourself somewhere you may never otherwise find yourself.
  25. After getting an education not just in academics but in life itself, you will never look at yourself or the world around you the same way again.

Many thanks to DG, MP, AZ x2, NC, KL, TV, KG, PR & ML.


^From S’12 & F’12, “What drew you to TMS?”