The Seventh Generation Principle is very much a part of the Oneida tradition, a philosophy that says the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations forward. It is a belief that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, rather, we borrow it from our children. So sustainability is paramount in the process we use, both from our rigorous forestry-management standards to our insistence on quality over quantity.
Beginning with just over 2,000 taps, the team at Wáhta’ Maple Farm has taken the approach to not use any hardware within the tree itself. Unlike other large maple producers, our painstaking process allows us to harvest 100% pure maple sap with minimally invasive techniques. Everything we have is a fully suspended system that safeguards the actual bark of the tree and its overall health.
From the new saplings we plant to our most established trees, our forestry-management system uses organic processes, working in harmony with nature and the forest’s ecosystem.
Another way our process is unique is that we’ve limited production to one tap per tree regardless of the size. While this is better for the tree, the yield is less than a large scale maple producer using traditional tapping standards. It’s a practice that honors the forest and honors tradition. There’s a lot of handcrafted work that goes into this, but it’s worth it. And we believe it’s a difference you’ll taste. Learn more on our FAQ page.