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At River Hills Harvest, we are committed to educating farmers...

Missouri is currently the top producing state of American elderberry, Sambucus canadensis.   We want to expand the market for American elderberries and continue to grow more successful farms and healthier communities.

  • We host workshops and give presentations throughout the country ranging in subjects from elderberry growing, processing for food and product development.

  • We have just launched online classes that offer numerous resources for new and experienced growers.  Visit

  • We have a number of articles and links below that contain information for commercial and home growers.

  • We regularly attend, speak and give demonstrations at conferences across the country, such as Mother Earth News Fairs, Ozarks Homesteading Expos, MOSES (now Marbleseed) and more.

We aren't just there for commercial growers; we are also there to guide you on how to grow this medicine for your own family in your backyard.  


Resources for Elderberry Growers

Planting American

Planting Instructions

For thorough instructions on the planting, care, and keeping of elderberry plants check out our Planting Instructions document
Pruning American Elderberries Farming Cuttings

The selections we grow here at River Hills Harvest have all at one point been selected from the wild here in the USA.  Through growing these particular selections we have found them to have characteristics that we desire, such as ripening times, disease resistance, and more.  Learn about the American elderberry selections we grow and how we sell them:

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Another notable selection is Pocahontas, which is quickly gaining popularity.  This selection is known to have the largest flower and berry heads, sometimes measuring up to 2 feet.  In comparison to the other selections we grow, this is the largest plant and grows taller than 12 feet.  It is fast to spread however it may need a longer warm growing season to fully be able to fruit.

As well, we have started growing Nova and York selections.

Documents, Tools & Downloads

Download our Planting Instructions

The University of Missouri's Elderberry Financial Decision Support Tool


Elderberry Research & Production

by Patrick Byers & Andrew Thomas

Growing & Marketing Elderberries in Missouri

by Patrick Byers, Andrew Thomas, Mihaela Cernusca, Larry Godsey & Michael Gold

Preserve It Fresh, Preserve It Safe

Adapted from the University of MO Extension & University of KY Cooperative Extension Services

Elderberry Insect & Disease Management

Elderberry Rust Defoliating Plants

University of Missouri Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Department

Web Articles

Read about the 5.3 million Dollar Elderberry Research Grant

Learn more about the Advancing Elderberry Group

Elderflower Production and Cyanide Concern

by Andrew Thomas

The University of Missouri, College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Articles

Elderberry Showcase

by Linda Geist

Plant Bugs Damaging Elderberries

University of Missouri Integrated Pest Management

A Big Plan for A Small Berry 

by Andrew Thomas

From Folklore to Science, Cultivating Elderberry

by Mike Burden

Promise of Elderberry

by Linda Geist

A Different Kind of Specialty Crop

by Logan Jackson

From The Midwest Elderberry Cooperative Page:

The Little Berry That Could

by Christopher J Patton

Why Elderberries, Why Now

by Katie Reneker

How to Sell a Growing Elderberry Harvest

by Christopher J Patton

Take Our Online Elderberry Classes

Learn Everything You Need to Know About Growing, Harvesting, Processing & Marketing American Elderberries

Learn to grow American Elderberries from Terry Durham - a successful Elderberry entrepreneur!

Terry Durham has been growing, teaching and sharing the joy of elderberries for over two decades. Terry is owner of River Hills Harvest, an elderberry brand which takes elderberries and turns them into a line of products. Through the River Hills Harvest brand Terry aggregates elderberries from growers across the Midwest. River Hills Harvest products are made from 100% Pure Premium Elderberry Juice. Terry supports local farmers and processors to grow the American elderberry industry. Terry is an educator and often speaks at Mother Earth News Fairs and many other conferences in the U.S.

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