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2019 Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop

New Growers Workshop June 13, 2019
Workshop & Field Tours Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15, 2019
Jefferson City, Missouri
Elderberry is a ‘new crop’, though the wild plant has been harvested for centuries, used by locals for medicine and nutrition. Hippocrates, known as the father of modern medicine, called elderberry, “Nature’s medicine chest for the common man.”

Now American elderberry is becoming recognized as a viable crop that is adaptable to many regions throughout the United States and Canada. With two-crop eligibility, both flowers and berries, and a short amount of time from first planting to harvest, elderberry is a great perennial to consider adding to the mix of annuals or perennials you raise. Growing elderberries is easy, and markets for this ‘new crop’ are opening up around the U.S.
Since 2009, The Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop & Field Tour has been held in central Missouri, home of Terry Durham. Missouri is also home to researchers engaged in cultural and selection trials. Each year, Durham gathers the best new knowledge and delivers it during this day-and-a-half workshop. You’ll learn from expert researchers and successful growers. About 100 growers attend, so there will be lots of tip sharing, too. At the end of each workshop, Durham teaches the highly-detailed handling techniques mandated at harvest so growers can sell their berries.

New Growers will also want to attend the separate afternoon workshop designed especially for them. Learn all about elderberry, its introduction into the modern market, early research, and how to propagate.

Durham conceived of creating a market so growers would have a place to sell their elderberries. Then he turned berries he grew, and those he purchased from growers he helped train, into the River Hills Harvest brand of products—all featuring 100% pure premium elderberry juice.
 
This event is co-sponsored by the MU Center for Agroforestry.

Workshop and Field Tour

Friday and Saturday, June 14 - 15, 2019, at The Carver Center.

Friday                                     Saturday

Check-in ​8:00am - 9:00 am                        Workshop 8:30am - 1:00pm 

Workshop 9:00am - 5:30pm

Field Tour 5:30pm - 6:30pm
 

This day-and-a-half-long event brings you together with leaders in the elderberry-growing community. They'll share best new-knowledge from horticulture research to marketing, pests, fertilization, and perhaps most important, regulations, for this highly sought 'new crop'. At the end of each workshop, you'll learn the highly-detailed handling techniques mandated at harvest so growers can sell their berries. 

 

Plus, with over 100 growers in attendance, you'll find new friends and learn tips from the most experienced growers.

 

The schedule is being put together right now and will be posted as soon as speakers are confirmed.

New Grower Workshop

From 1 to 5 pm on Thursday, June 13, 2019, at The Carver Center.

 

If you are new to growing elderberries this is the workshop that will get you started on the right track. You'll get all the basics, how to prepare your soil, the best orientation for rows, how to use the dynamic growing methods that help keep diseases and pests to a minimum, the precautions that must be taken in harvesting and using elderberries, as well as which selections offer you the product you want, based on your needs and desires.

 

This intensive, hands-on workshop offers you a first chance to learn a lot in a short time, and have your questions answered.

 

Registration​

Ticket Types and Pricing

New Grower's Workshop

 

Thursday, June 13, 2019, 1 to 5 pm at The Carver Center

Registration after May 13: $85

 

Registration fee includes Workshop materials and a snack during the New Grower Workshop.

Two-Day Grower Workshop & Field Tours

 

Friday & Saturday, June 14 & 15, 2019, at The Carver Center

 

Registration after May 13: $150

 

Registration fee includes lunch and snacks both days of the Elderberry Workshop and Field Tour.

Full Conference

New Grower Workshop &

Workshop and Field Tour

 

Thursday, Friday & Saturday, June 13 -15, 2019, at The Carver Center

 

Registration after May 13: $220

 

Registration fee includes snacks during the New Grower Workshop, and lunch and snacks both days of the Elderberry Workshop and Field Tour.

 

Agenda and Schedule

Friday, June 14

8:00         Onsite Check-in
9:00         Intro and Welcome 

                   Terry Durham, River Hills Harvest
9:15         Elderberry Productivity

                   Patrick Byers, Regional Horticulture Specialist-SW Region, Greene County Extension Office,                           University of Missouri Extension, Springfield, MO

10:00       Pocahontas Elderberry – a new selection / Alkaloids in Elderberry
                   Andrew Thomas, Research Assistant Professor, Horticulture/Agroforestry at University of Missouri’s                     Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon
                Impact of a Partial Flower Harvest on Elderberry Fruit Crop
                   Sam Sergent, MU Master Science Student, Agroforestry

10:45       Break
11:00       The Last Word on Cyanide

                   Andrew Thomas

11:45       Financial Assistance Opportunities for Elderberry Growers
                    Lauren Cartwright, Missouri State Economist, National Resources Conservation Services

12:15       LUNCH -- LINCOLN ELDERBERRY FIELD TOUR
1:15         The European Elderberry Tour Report

                    Patrick Byers & Andrew Thomas     

2:15         What’s New in Home Canning, (and Selling Your Products)
                   Susan Mills-Gray, Extension State Specialist, Nutrition and Exercise Physiology, University of                           Missouri Extension

3:00          Break
3:15          Arkansas Grower: Bob McCord
3:45          Central Missouri Grower: Frank Gordon
4:15          Southern Missouri Grower: Sherrie Hagenhoff
4:45          Growing Elderberries in the Upper Midwest: Chris Patton
5:30          Elderberry Happy Hour & Trade Show


Saturday, June 15

9:00          State of the Industry – or why we need more Elder Growers

                     Terry Durham, Owner River Hills Harvest, and Katie Reneker, Carmel Berry Company,                                   Carmel,CA

10:00        Considerations for Irrigation

                    Craig Pisarkiewicz, Certified Irrigation Designer, MPR Supply Company 

10:45         Break 
11:00         Elderberry Virus – what we know now

                      David A. Johnson, Plant Pathologist, Missouri Department of Agriculture

11:45         LUNCH 

12:30         RIVER HILLS HARVEST GROWER TRAINING
                      To sell Elderberries to River Hills Harvest, these are the things you MUST KNOW & DO!
                      Elderberry Harvest & Post-harvest handling
                      Become a River Hills Harvest registered grower
                      Grower registration number assignments
                      Learn the sanitizing and packing procedures necessary to sell your crop

 

Location

All three days of the conference will take place at the Carver Center in Jefferson City, Missouri.

The Carver Center

3804 Bald Hill Rd

Jefferson City, MO

65101, USA

(Click here for directions)

 

Lodging

**If you booked with this hotel, they will be contacting you to help you find another room, as their facility was damaged by the recent tornado.**

BEST WESTERN PLUS Capital Inn
1937 Christy Drive
Jefferson City, MO 65101

(click here for directions)

Directions to the Carver Center

Location and Lodging

 

US Highway 50 (east or west)

-Turn south on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).  If you are coming from the west (Sedalia) you will turn right, from the east (Linn) you'll turn left.

-Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

-Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

 

 US Highway 63 (coming from the north/Columbia)

NOTE US-63 S joins with US-54 W before crossing the Missouri River until you reach the intersection where US-63 S then joins with US-50 E.

  1. If coming from the north, stay on 63 S until you have passed this intersection and are on US-50 E/US-63 S.

  2. Turn south (right) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

  3. Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

  4. Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.From

 

US Highway 63 (coming from the south/Rolla)

  1. Turn south (left) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

  2. Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

  3. Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

 

 US Highway 54 (coming from the east/Mexico)

  1. Take the US-50 E/US-50 W/US-63 S exit and bear left onto the US-50 E/US-63 S ramp.

  2. Continue on US-50 E/US-63 S until you reach Eastland Drive.

  3. Turn south (right) on Eastland Drive (on the east side of Jefferson City).

  4. Continue south on Eastland Drive (you will pass several banks, McDonald's, and Pizza Hut) to the four-way stop at Bald Hill Road.

  5. Turn left onto Bald Hill Road.  The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.

 

 US Highway 54 (coming from the west/Eldon)

  1. Take the Ellis Blvd exit and turn right onto Ellis Boulevard

  2. Continue on Ellis Boulevard (NOTE - the name of the road changes to Seven Hills Road after you cross Greenberry Road) until the four-way stop at Bald Hills Road

  3. Turn right at the four-way stop onto Bald Hills Road

  4. The farm is located at 3804 Bald Hill Road, several miles past the four-way stop.