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Membership


Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 

Download a Membership Application
Membership Agreement
Cooperative By-Laws

[For questions about membership, or to become a member, please send an email to Chris Patton at info@midwest-elderberry.coop.

To become a member, simply download the Membership Application and Membership Agreement, fill them out, sign and mail as directed on the forms.

Full Membership in Brief

  • Requires a one-time, $500/business entity purchase of Class A stock 
  • Beginning growers may pay $100/business entity for 5 years
  • Membership fee is 100% at risk (MEC board determines use of funds)
  • Open to any Midwest grower of elderberries in WI, IA, MN, SD, ND and perhaps if near the border of one of these states and capable of receiving pragmatic support.
  • Must execute MEC’s Membership Agreement to confirm purchase of Class A share.
  • Provides:
    • voting rights in cooperative governance
    • the right to sell a given quantity of elderberries to MEC at board-established price through purchase of Class C Delivery Rights Stock.
    • access to MEC-owned harvest, marketing and production resources at board-established toll fee
    • free access to MEC educational events and resource materials
    • must begin purchasing Class C stock within 3 years of completing the purchase of Class A stock
  • Cooperative profits and losses are shared with grower members who own Class C shares in proportion to their share of the total issued Class C shares as determined annually by the Board of Directors.

 

Associate Membership in Brief

  • A non-voting Associate Member is a person or entity that wants to support the Cooperative and/or be involved in the success and future expansion of the Cooperative.
  • One time fee of $200/business entity, applicable to future purchase of Class A share.
  • Affiliate fee is 100% at risk (MEC board determines uses of funds).
  • Provides:
    • priority after members to sell elder berries / flowers to MEC 
    • access to MEC-owned resources at board-established toll fees
    • free access to MEC educational events and resource materials
    • opportunity to roll-over to Full Membership. 


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