Kathryn Hopkins, University of Maine Cooperative Extension educator in the Somerset County office in Skowhegan, who co-founded the New England Maple Grading School in 2003, has received this year’s international Golden Maple Leaf Award for developing and running the program. The annual fall event, now called the Maple Grading School, is scheduled through 2014, when Nova Scotia will host it. The school is supported by the International Maple Syrup Institute and moves around the country to make it more accessible to those in the maple syrup industry. Hopkins also has been invited to speak at two state maple associations’ annual meetings of this coming year, in New Hampshire and Indiana.
Contact: Kathryn Hopkins, (207) 474-9622