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MacDaniels Nut Grove Open House May 10

Cornell University media advisory:

Hone your hugelkultur, savor shiitake at Cornell nut grove open house

May 10 open house at MacDaniels Nut Grove offers activities for the whole family

What: MacDaniels Nut Grove springtime open house
When: Saturday, May 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: MacDaniels Nut Grove, near Palm Road on the Cornell campus.
Note: The MacDaniels nut grove is located on steep terrain and requires a decent walk from parking to the forest. Those with limited mobility may have a hard time accessing the entrance and navigating the site. Please contact Steve at with questions regarding accessibility.

Shiitake mushroom demonstration at MacDaniels Nut Grove

Shiitake mushroom demonstration at MacDaniels Nut Grove

ITHACA, N.Y. – When most people think about farms, they think about fields. Today, sustainable forest-farming is taking root across the country ¬– and will be on display at the MacDaniels Nut Grove spring open house, just of the Cornell University campus.

The open house features a full demonstration of forest farming practices including mushroom cultivation, medicinal plants, an ornamental nursery, and fruit production of paw paw and elderberry, and water management techniques including swales and hugelkulture piles.

Try hands-on inoculation of mushroom logs and see grafting demonstrations. Taste nuts and enjoy an afternoon in the woods, which is adjacent to the East Hill Recreation Trail for longer hikes.

This 90-plus year-old grove, planted by Cornell Professor Lawrence MacDaniels, includes impressive hickory and walnut varieties, and is a wonder to see on its own.

Tours by Professor Ken Mudge, who re-discovered the nut grove in 2002, will be offered at 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4 p.m.

For a map, directions and additional details about the MacDaniels Nut Grove, visit:

Media that wish to attend should RSVP to Joe Schwartz at the Cornell University Media Relations Office, 607-264-6235 or

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