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Events

ElderFlower Blossom

Future Events

June 14-16, 2018 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO
The Carver Center, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 

June 14 is the New Growers Workshop. Terry Durham & team thrive on helping growers learn all they need to know about growing elderberries safely and profitably. The Workshop runs June 15-16 and brings together over a hundred growers annually and you learnBird registrations savings until MAY 13, 2018.
Click here for more details and to register.

June 30- July 2, 2018 Summer Fancy Food Show,  New York, NY

Chris Patton as River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC  will attend this show as part (booth #6271) of the Minnesota pavilion, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Marketing folks. Besides showcasing the River Hills harvest brand, he will distribute information about the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative. 

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Past Events of Importance:

March 8-10, 2018: EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center
MEC will man a booth this show for the first time as part of the Minnesota Pavilion in order to promote our growing elderflower and elderberry ingredients business to national and international buyers. 

February 23, 2018 Members Meeting at MOSES Conference 
MEC will hold a members meeting open to interested non-members in the “Red Room” from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday night of the MOSES Conference. We will be remembering Paul Otten, a founding Board member of MEC, provide opportunity for Q&A about growing elderberry, etc. 

Presenting at 2018 Minnesota Organic Conference 
January 11-12, 2018 in Saint Cloud MN

Titled Transitioning Native Elder Berry & Flower Production from Craft Hobby to Commercial Small Fruit, Chris Patton and Jim Riddle will talk about the marketing and horticultural challenges of producing certified organic elderberry on a commercial scale profitably. 

Winter Fancy Food Show - Specialty Food Association 
January 21, 2018 Awards Presentation in San Francisco
MEC will be the guest of River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC at booth 205A in the Minnesota Pavilion. 

2018 Leadership Awards: Business Leadership: 

Christopher J. Patton, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative and 

River Hills Harvest Marketers

Announcement Link

Article Link  


Nov, 17, 2017: Midwest Elderberry Cooperative Annual 
Members & Board of Directors Meeting

Tom Erhardt from Albert Lea Seed Co.  graciously hosted us  with admission to their free Open House.

June 25-27 Summer Fancy Food Show,  New York, NY

Chris Patton as River Hills Harvest Marketers, LLC  will attend this show as part (booth #6363) of the Minnesota pavilion, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Marketing folks. Besides showcasing the River Hills harvest brand, he will distribute information about the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative. 

July 8, 2017 Elderflower Power Day Cancelled!

Instead, I’ll be singing, “Where have all the flowers gone…” 

Click here to see images of hail damage at our main production field.

One of our favorite events [ See pictures from last year.] has been cancelled by an act of nature.


2017 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO

The Carver Center, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO 
May 31 - June 1-2, 2017 

Terry Durham & his Elderberry Team put on the original and most comprehensive workshop about growing elderberry. To review some of the presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page.

Practical Farmers of Iowa Conference -
January 19-21, 2017, Scheman Bldg., Ames, IA

Begins January 19 at 1 pm, Short Course Presentations & Discussion:
Production, Processing, and Marketing of Alternative Berry Crops with Terry Durham, Chris Patton, Jim Riddle and Kurt Rueber and Paul Otten. To review past presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page. Please see the IPF website: http://practicalfarmers.org/2017-annual-conference/

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