2017 Schedule


8:00        Onsite Check-in

9:00        Intro and Welcome – Terry Durham

9:15         Fertility Study Results

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

10:15        Break

10:30        Cyanide Research on Elderberry Update 

Andrew Thomas, Research Assistant Professor, Horticulture/Agroforestry at University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center, Mt. Vernon

11:30        The Impact of Rust on Elderberry Plant Growth & Fruiting 

Michele Warmund, Professor of Horticulture and State Fruit Extension                   Specialist, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri, Columbia 


1:45          Electric Deer Fencing

Mike Anderson, Consulting for Farmers and Ranchers, Lincoln, Nebraska

2:30           Protecting Your Elderberry Investment with Crop Insurance

John Schreiter, Whole Farm Revenue Protection Specialist, Nebraska                             City, Nebraska

3:00           Break

3:15          Spotted Winged Drosophila

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

4:00          Farmer’s Forum: A selection of elderberry growers 

Frank Gordon, Huntsdale, MO; Louis Tolly, Garden City, MO ; Chris Patton, Minnesota; Bob McCord, Arkansas

4:45             Elderberry Happy Hour & Trade Show

6:00             Terry Durham/Hank Water’s Field Tour

FRIDAY, June 2

9:00               NRCS/GAP Cost Share

Lauren Cartwright, Missouri State Economist, National Resources Conservation Services

10:00             Elderflower Work in Minnesota

William Marsh, PhD Ag Econ, owner of Farmwise Systems, Inc., Secretary Treasurer, Midwest Elderberry Cooperative and MEC’s lead director for Elderflower production and ingredients

10:30              Elderflowers: Things to know about harvesting a flower crop

11:00              Still Learning: Elderflower Production & Preservation 

Katie Reneker, Carmel Berry Company, Carmel Valley, CA                            

12:00               LUNCH — CHRIS PATTON: How to sell a growing elderberry harvest 


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 procedures necessary to sell your crop


062911_Boone_Life__0003_t_w600_h1200 Terry Durham joined the organic farming movement in 1987 after 20 years of growing organic fruits and vegetables. He instituted Missouri’s second CSA, which served 90 families from 1989 to 1995. He held the position of President of the Missouri Organic Association, which he co-founded, for several terms, and was a board member of the Ozark Organic Growers Association. Terry became active in the Elderberry Improvement Project as a donator of germplasm. His elderberry plantation was among the first to use the recommended culture methods for varieties developed from wild Missouri elderberry plants. 

He continues to work closely with the research team. Subsequently, he raised the largest elderberry acreage in the United States. Terry spends a great deal of time recruiting growers and teaching them how to grow and harvest elderberries and how to prepare their crop for market. He has developed two unique products using a proprietary process under the River Hills Harvest label. Terry gives farm tours, tastings and sponsors Elderberry Mentoring Workshops, as well as performing custom planting and management work.