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Events

ElderFlower Blossom

Future Events

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.

Wisconsin Elderberry Growers Field Day, TBD late Oct. 2019
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.

Green Lands Blue Waters Conference, Nov. 19-20, 2019
Graduate Hotel, Minneapolis
More details later.

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Past Events of Importance: 

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