Our Family Story

deb and i
When we got engaged and really started talking about our soon to be new life, of course one of the topics was family - how many kids, etc....  25 years later.... what a story!
Our family grew from three to six children soon after we moved to VT.  In order from closest to Deb there is Jackson, Zoe, Nehemiah, William, Christian, Naomi and Cooper. 
 
A bit more about us:

Wood's Syrup started as a dream....I had ALWAYS dreamed of being a maple syrup producer full-time but it wasn't something most of my friends and family considered a safe way to make a living. That led me to consider a teaching career as a student at Gordon College in Wenham, MA. I graduated 4 years later with a dual degree in Elementary and Middle School Education. While attending Gordon, I met and fell in love with Deborah Leigh Kiess, a sweet and joyful young woman from Dartmouth, MA. We fell fast for one another and knew within months, that we wanted to start and build a grand adventure together! We were married a year after graduation and began that grand adventure July 2,1994!

 

I continued to teach for 5 years in western MA until I could no longer ignore my inner Entrepreneur… While teaching we purchased 2 newspaper distributorships and 2 rental properties. This allowed me to leave my teaching position and become a full time entrepreneur.

 

We welcomed our first child in April of 1997, Nehemiah Connor Wood. What an incredible addition to our adventure! Deb and I were all in with the controlled chaos of being parents and could not wait to grow our family..... and 7 months later we were shocked but soooo excited to find out that we'd be welcoming our second child sooner than we had "planned"...Jackson Timothy Wood arrived August 1, 1998 and seamlessly blended into our daily lives with his calm, centered presence. Two years later we said hello to our "berry boy" (he LOVED fresh berries!), Christian Nolan Wood on June 28,2000! It felt like the puzzle piece that was missing from our family. Christian was the door on what we thought our family was meant to be....or so we thought!

 

In the spring of 2004, we felt it was the right timing to move our clan back to my hometown area, in Barnard, VT. We moved and still live in my grandparent's old home, April 16, 2004, with the idea that I would pursue my dream of turning the family’s maple sugaring “hobby” into a viable business.  

 

2005 led us to the next chapter of our family as we adopted 2 precious young girls, from Liberia, West Africa! Naomi Massa Wood 2 years old and Zoe Kollie Wood, 1. Naomi was a burst of sunshine with her infectious laugh and joy for the world around her.  Zoe was a light of confidence and love that brought calm to the chaos of our large family. 2007 brought our final addition! William Walker Wood joined our family at the age of 9 in July of 2007, also from Liberia, West Africa. His zest for life and fierce determination made our family stay on our toes and appreciate the view from Bill's eyes. And how fast he could run!!!!

 

We now have college-aged sons with the girls walking out their high school journey's. Our business continues to evolve and grow as our customers let us know what they need in way of products. We have been so privileged to meet so many incredible maple lovers/followers who have the fiercest loyalty that humbles us every day. My dream has come true as I craft this fine product in all it's golden forms! I continue to search for new ways to offer maple syrup as well as hold true to the pure craft of producing the most healthy and natural form of sugar out there! 

 

We will continue to expand on our story in the years to come.   

 

We welcome questions and you can email us any time.   

Al@woodssyrup.com

8busybees@gmail.com