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Events

ElderFlower Blossom

Future Events

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference, 
Nov. 19-20, 2019
 Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis
Chris Patton presenting: Elderberry’s Place in your Forever Green Farm Plan. 
(Part of Tuesday's Agroforestry breakout session.) Now the #1 berry crop in Missouri, native elderberry remains an under-utilized, commercially viable perennial suitable for sustainable to regenerative farm plans. This presentation explores how to do so as well as its commercial scale potential and challenges. It builds on the successful work of the University of Missouri to suggest areas of academic research that would contribute to its increased utilization benefiting both the environment and rural economies.

Growing Elderberries as a Cash Crop, December 3, 2019, 7-8:30 pm
River Market Community Meeting Room, 218 Main St. N, Stillwater, MN
This meetup is for landowners and growers alike to learn the real, on-the-ground details about native Black Elderberry production in Minnesota and Wisconsin. If you’re interested in either growingElderberry yourself or leasing your land for long-term production and soil-building, this will be an informative session with Chris Patton ofMidwest Elderberry Cooperative, co-hosted by Pete Widin of ArtisanEnvironments LLC. There will be a short presentation followed byample time for Q+A. [Note that the community room we're meeting in is located across the street from the Coop itself, on the West side of the street at 218 Main St. There's a door on the South side of that building to enter and walk up the stairs to the room.] 

Feast Local Foods Marketplace, December 6-7, 2019
Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center
MEC will have an elder flower & berry ingredients information booth there for the Friday trade show and sample River Hills ElderBerry products to consumers on Saturday. The FEAST! Local Foods Network is a partnership of many organizations, businesses, and individuals committed to growing a sustainable, local and regional food system which encourages innovation. As a result of our work, we hope to see current businesses flourish and new businesses get established. Click here to learn more.

MINNESOTA ORGANIC CONFERENCE, January 9-10, 2020
River's Edge Convention Center 
Saint Cloud, MN
Chris Patton will present on Growing and Marketing Organic Elderberry in the Northern Midwest. Each year, the MDA hosts this conference and trade show for farmers and others interested in organic agriculture. Join us for two days of networking, learning, and great food. Click for more information.

Wisconsin Elderberry Growers Field Day
Postponed to  2020 
[due to a lack of WI Farm Center staff]
Co-Sponsor: WI Farm Center, Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

Hosted at the Four Elements Herbal Farm, E8984 Weinke Rd. North Freedom WI 53951. Educational program open to the public, interested potential growers and MEC members.

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Want to learn a bit from what you missed at past events?
then, click here and go to the Reports & Grants page under About.

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Past Events of Importance: 

MEC at the MN State Fair Aug. 22-Sept. 2, 2019
Forever Green Ag exhibit, CFANS in Ag/Horticultural Bldg.
This University of Minnesota Agroforestry Dept. presented exhibit will include MEC educational materials, examples of elder flower & berry products, and a potted Wyldewood elderberry plant.

Twin Cities VegFest Sept. 15, 2019
Harriet Island in St. Paul, MN, from 10am-6pm
MEC will man a booth with educational materials, examples of elder flower & berry products, and sample River Hills Harvest retail products at this open, free to the public event.

2019 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop, Jefferson City, MO Terry Durham & his Elderberry Team put on the original and most comprehensive workshop about growing elderberry. To review most of the presentations given, please go to our Reports & Grants page

Terry Durham’s Agroforestry farm tour for Savannah Institute: https://www.riverhillsharvest.com/growers?utm_campaign=9bbdbb4c-b63b-481d-80ff-1e7fcf326aa0&utm_source=so Take this 5 minute tour for great insight about growing elderberry as well as links to his upcoming events.

Chris Patton’s Hour Nutshell (audiovisual) Presentation for Savannah Institute: 
Transitioning Elderberry from Hobby to Commercial Crop (4/2019)
Audiovisual YouTube link through Savannah Institute
Download the above presentation deck pdf.

Members Meeting at MOSES Conference
La Crosse, WI Convention Center
February 22, 2019 Meeting notes

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

2019 Winter Fancy Food Show - Specialty Food Association, 
Moscone Center, San Francisco

Regenerative Earth Summit: Food + Fiber + Climate
Dec. 5-6, 2018, Boulder, CO, MEC participating

2018 FEAST Local Foods Marketplace
Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center

2018 Summer Fancy Food Show,  New York, NY

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

2018: EXPO West, Anaheim Convention Center

February 23, 2018 Members Meeting at MOSES Conference  

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