Babson's Director of Residence Life, Lisa MacDonald, and her MBA student-husband Trevor, are showing their entrepreneurial spirit, hard work, and a sweet tooth!

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Babson maple trees are producing maple syrup through an effort of Lisa MacDonald, Director of Residence Life, and her husband, Babson Evening MBA student Trevor MacDonald, a Vermont native.

“Seeing Babson has large maple trees on campus, we thought it might be fun to tap here,” she said. “I just needed to wait until the right temperatures began—freezing at night, above 40 during the day.”

The sap first began to run on March 5th. They placed 3 taps on 2 trees along College Drive. In the morning, the buckets are empty since it is below freezing but by 4 pm, the buckets are full (about 2.5 gallons in each bucket). The buckets are about half full again at 10 pm. Once the sap is collected, the MacDonalds boil down the sap until it gets to 219 degrees. Then it is filtered and canned.

It takes about 40 gallons of sugar water to boil down to 1 gallon of maple syrup. As of now, they have almost 2 gallons of maple syrup “This is a LOT for just three taps,” Lisa said. “We will be putting in more this weekend though since the season is now in full effect!”

This operation will continue till later this month when the weather gets warmer and the trees run out. They plan to share the syrup with College staff, faculty, and students.

Lisa and her husband sugar each year in Vermont and have their own sugaring supplies.

Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., is recognized internationally as a leader in entrepreneurial management education. Babson grants BS degrees through its innovative undergraduate program, and grants MBA and custom MS and MBA degrees through the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business at Babson College. Babson Executive Education offers executive development programs to experienced managers worldwide. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

By Nancy Sullivan, sullivann@babson.edu, 781-239-4623 | 03/21/2011 06:03