Maple Moon: Sugaring as Abolition
with Jalal Sabur
Maple sugaring is a craft and tradition passed down to us by the indigenous ancestors of Northeast Turtle Island to harvest sweetness directly from Sugar Maple trees. Early in the formation of the United States, abolitionists called for boycotts of Britain’s largest import, slave-grown sugar, and offered maple syrup as an anti-oppressive alternative. Within a year, hundreds of thousands of people had participated in the boycott. In this knowledge share, we gather to honor the story of maple sugaring and its role in food justice history.