Elderberry America

A growing network of allied elderberry grower cooperatives organized state by state. It is a concept, a possible goal or dream, and not any kind of official name. Here you will find contact information by state for those interested in learning about or participating in the development of elderberry grower cooperatives, listed by state. By its nature and history, elderberry provides a variety of solutions to environmental and human health problems as well as a collage of opportunities open to individual initiative and cooperative success from a farmer’s field to a person’s pantry. 

Elderberry growers in seven different states from Maine to Texas have begun the process of organizing cooperatives. The principles at work are freely given participation and proportional, self determined commitment and responsibility with a purpose for mutual benefit administered by broadly shared governance. Each farmer is responsible for his own farm production and level of participation in a state’s cooperative services, purchases and sales. The specifics are state-based and determined by the growers of each state. State cooperatives may enter into agreements as allies or partners with other state cooperatives and/or through its rationally projected manifestation as a coop of cooperatives. 

With probably about 1,000 acres currently devoted to commercial elderflower and elderberry production in North America, we work towards a projected initial goal of 22,500 acres of sustainably producing and profitable elderberry. Organic Certification is encouraged for all elderberry and elderflower growers who plan to sell into larger markets. “Certified Organic” is often required to meet the ingredient specifications commonly desired by national or global buyers.

Here is a list of elderberry grower contact persons volunteering to help coordinate local network development by state: 

Illinois Contact - Jim & Marti Dallmeyer, Thistle Creek Orchard, first by email then by phone: jim@thistle-creek.net or 309-678-7216.

Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin Contact - Chris Patton, Natural Kick farms, first by email then by phone: naturalkickfarms@gmail.com or  612-418-4624.

Missouri Contact - Brian Bolle, Bolle Farms, bollefarms@gmail.com, 636-208-5006.

Texas Contact - Jason & Dani Morris, Floating O Farms LLC., floatingofarms@gmail.com, 903-366-9534.

 


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