Madava Farms is honored to support the important conservation work of Ducks Unlimited by hosting private activities for the Dutchess County Ducks Unlimited Chapter's First Annual Great Swamp Shoot’s non-shooting ticket holders. These special options will be available to guests through prior arrangement with Ducks Unlimited.
Tickets for the benefit are available through Ducks Unlimited here. Shooting package benefit tickets are $350 and non-shooter tickets are $100.
Maple in the Morning: Madava Farms Welcome Reception
9:30 am - 9:45 am
Upon arrival at Madava Farms, enjoy fresh maple creations from the estate’s Culinary Institute of America-trained chef, Jacob Griffin, and hot beverages as you explore Crown Maple’s 27,000 square foot sugarhouse and meet the experts behind the activities below. Each session has been created to maximize immersion and provide a memorable morning experience.
Maple Culinary Tour and Tasting
9:45 am - 10:30 am
Inside Crown Maple's state-of-the art sugarhouse, you'll trace the miles-long journey Crown Maple’s organic maple sap travels in a day as it makes its way from tree to barrel. Go behind the scenes and learn about the environmental variables and artisanal practices that make pure maple syrup one of the earth’s sweetest natural resources, and how Crown Maple produces the exceptional maple products regarded as quite possibly the purest on earth. This popular tour culminates in a guided five-stage maple culinary tasting in Madava's Tap-Holed Maple Tasting Room, which offers a full view into Crown Maple's hand-bottling and sugar-making operations.
Introduction to Forestry and Sugarbush Management
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Tree species identification is essentialwhen working with forests. Walk the woods of Madava Farms with Mike Chiverton, the estate’s SUNY Syracuse-educated Forester, and learn about the diversity of Madava’s forest. Mike will illuminate some of the ecological factors which drive forestry management fundamentals. You will learn about the “right-sizing” of sugar groves to optimize sap production per tree, determining which trees to remove and which trees to retain when thinning a sugarbush. Exploring the science behind tree sap flow, you will develop an understanding of safe and proper maple tapping. At the end, if you wish, you can help Mike paint some trees for harvest in the near future.
Birds of Prey Demonstration with Jim Eyring
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
James Eyring, Assistant Director of the Pace University Environmental Center, located in Pleasantville NY, is a Master Falconer and Licensed NY State Wildlife Rehabilitator “specializing” in birds of prey. James was raised in Westchester and now resides in Carmel, NY. A naturalist and life-long wildlife enthusiast, he enjoys falconry, hiking, kayaking, fishing and inline skating.The Falconry/Birds of Prey program includes the natural history of falconry, native raptors, habits and adaptations and environmental insights. If weather conditions permit, Jim will fly hawks and falcons to the glove and lure.
Introduction to Fly Casting
10:30 - 12:00
Sign up early to learn the fundamentals of fly casting with accomplished fly-fishermanand guide Craig Castioni: “Fly fishing is an incredibly enjoyable pastime and relatively easy to learn. Our goal will be to remove the mystique from this form of fishing and provide a strong foundation for the beginner.” You will review fly fishing tackle and learn basic fly casting techniques with an opportunity to practice casting on a pond at Madava Farms. After mastering basics, learning more advanced techniques to fish is much easier. This introduction will provide the essentials for someone who has an interest in taking up fly fishing and is limited to the first 5 participants who register.
Birding the Forested Uplands of Madava Farms
10:30 - 12:00
Space is limited. The first 12 non-shooters registered for this session will have the opportunity to walk the trails through the woodlands and along the wood-edge habitat with Barbara Butler of the Waterman Bird Club. Able to identify birds by song and by sight, Barbara anticipates spotting hawks, woodpeckers, waxwings, sparrows, chickadees, nuthatches, and hopefully somelingering migrants like vireos and warblers. Bring binoculars, and wear sturdy walking shoes.