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Events

ElderFlower Blossom

Future Events

FEAST Local Foods Marketplace
Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center
December 1-2, 2018
Look for the Midwest Elderberry Cooperative booth sampling River HIlls Harvest ElderBerry products.

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate
Dec. 5-6, 2018, Boulder, CO, MEC participating
Regenerative agriculture is where its at, and the Epicenter (University of Colorado at Boulder) speaker line up features the leading edge. Immerse yourself in candid discussion of the challenges, benefits, adjustments and success while learning ways to grow your customer base, adjust your supply chain and serve the greatest good all in one swift dedication to soil.

Winter Fancy Food Show - Specialty Food Association,
Moscone Center, 
San Francisco
January 13-15, 2019
Booth #5402A, Minnesota Pavilion

Members Meeting at MOSES Conference
La Crosse, WI Convention Center
February 22, 2019
MEC will hold its annual members meeting, which is open to interested non-members in the “Red Room” from 7:15 – 9:00 p.m. on Friday night of the MOSES Conference. 

EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center
March 6-8, 2019 
Booth N1344, Minnesota Pavilion

2018 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO

The Carver Center, 3804 Bald Hill Road, Jefferson City, MO [pending confirmation of location]
June 13-15, 2018 

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.

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Past Events of Importance: 

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

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

March 8-10, 2018: EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center

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 president will receive SFA’s 2018 award in Business Leadership for founding Midwest elderberry Cooperative.

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 

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/

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018