Hello from the new maple specialist!

Hello everyone!

My name is Jenny Liu and I’m the new Maple, Tree Nut, and Agroforestry Specialist at OMAFRA.

As many of you know, Todd Leuty retired in September last year after over two decades of dedicated public service. He certainly left behind some enormous shoes to fill!

A bit about me – I completed my forestry undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia, where I worked in forest management, dendroecology, and forest pest research. I then set my sights on agriculture, earning my Master’s in agricultural entomology at the University of Guelph. I am also a Certified Crop Advisor Candidate with agronomy experience in both Ontario’s field and horticultural crop sectors. My hobbies include hiking, mooning over houseplants, and designing ambitious crochet/knitting projects that I slowly follow through with. It is really a dream role for me to learn about how trees grow and to share that knowledge.

On this blog, I will continue communicating new research, funding opportunities, emerging issues, and of course the Ontario Maple Syrup Production Report. Let me know if there is something you’d like to see covered in a blog post!

Please feel free to get in touch –
Phone: 519-835-5872
Email: jenny.liu2@ontario.ca
Under non-COVID circumstances: 1 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON  N1G 4Y2

Nice to meet you, and talk to you soon!

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13 Responses to Hello from the new maple specialist!

  1. Seamus O'Rooney says:

    Thanks for the intro email Jenny. All the best in your new position!

  2. Brett Davis says:

    Welcome Jenny!

  3. Patty Daly says:

    Congrats on your new position and I look forward to your comments!

  4. londonfruittreeproject says:

    Welcome Jenny, Looking forward to any info you have re: maple syrup- one of my backyard passions, along with beekeeping. Indoors; I also mood over housepalnts, and seeds I am growing for the garden. I also make art , do crafts and much yarning!

  5. Jim Fischer says:

    Good stuff, Jenny. You are a UofG grad. You will do just fine.

  6. James Coleman says:

    I look forward to reading your Maple Syrup news letter. All the best in your new position.

  7. Dean Assinewe says:

    It’s great to meet you. I look forward to your future posts

  8. David At Bell says:

    Hi Jenny, Congratulations and welcome to your new role, I wish you all the success possible.

    David Lesley Ottawa

  9. Michael Lynam says:

    Hi Jenny,

    Welcome aboard! Im just a backyard warrior but the big thing i would like to see in the reports is understanding who is taping, and when. Also how the flow is doing for everyone in Ontario! (Specifically in the GTA)

    Keep the usual info coming in on maintaining and best practices…



    • Sarah says:

      I agree with Michael – new to backyard maple tree tapping and would love a “if you are in this area, you should start tapping (or checking) around these dates”.

  10. Shesh Maharaj says:

    Thanks for continuing this work.

  11. bbfjohns says:

    Hi Jenny

    Welcome aboard.


    Bruce Johnsen


  12. GREG says:

    Great to see the passion. I follow along and once the blog becomes active it lets me know the season is around the corner. I am in the same boat as most. I love hearing when others are tapping and production. We are a 1500 tap operation that doesn’t have any others around so it’s great reading and learning with others. Excited for your next post.

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