Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-42068854-1', ''); ga('send', 'pageview');


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

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 currently to any Midwest grower of elderberries in WI, IA, MN, SD, ND and plans soon to include IL, IN, MO, KS, AR, TX and NM.
  • 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 (may change at 2019 meeting)
  • Cooperative profits and losses are shared annually, as determined by the Board of Directors, with commercial production members proportionate to their ownership of Class C shares/total Class C shares outstanding.


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. 

© Midwest Elderberry Cooperative 2018