[Ok-sus] Kerr Center Elderberry workshop Sept. 26

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Mon Aug 31 13:18:11 UTC 2015

Elderberry Workshop: September 26 



One of the nation's largest elderberry nurseries is located right here in
Oklahoma, on Brent and Valerie Madding's 360 OK Farm outside Webbers Falls.
The couple raise and breed elderberry plants, filling orders ranging in size
from single plants to thousands.  

They also market dried berries and flowers, as well as teas made from those
products.  For four years now, they've developed their farm business,
focusing on finding and improving elderberry varieties that perform best in

On Saturday, September 26, Brent Madding will share lessons from that
experience at the Kerr Center's elderberry workshop.

Madding will be joined by leaders in elderberry research and production from
throughout the region.  Their combined expertise will give workshop
participants a leg up on diversifying into this promising crop.

In addition to technical and marketing presentations by regional
specialists, the program will feature two commercial elderberry growers -
Madding from Oklahoma, and another from Arkansas - with very different
approaches to production and marketing.  These farmer presenters will
provide examples of wholesale coop marketing, up-pick, value-added
production, and nursery sales.   

The workshop will cover variety selection, propagation, establishment,
production, harvest, marketing, and uses for this perennial native plant. It
includes both classroom presentations and a field tour of the Kerr Center's
elderberry plantings.

Additional presenters include: 


Terry Durham
Durham is an elderberry grower, marketer and promoter from Missouri.  He
founded the River Hills Harvest Elderberry Producers, a grower-supported
group. He and his partner produce American-made elderberry jams, jellies,
juices, and medicinal products.

Patrick Byers
Byers is Associate Extension Professional and Horticulture Specialist,
serving a 17-county region in Southwestern Missouri.  His areas of work
include both commercial and home horticulture, and both Master Naturalists
and Master Gardeners of Missouri.  He co-authored the University of Missouri
Center for Agroforestry's "Growing and Marketing Elderberries in Missouri."

Bob McCord
McCord is an experienced commercial elderberry grower from Mt. Ida, Arkansas

Jacob Wilson
Wilson is IPM Extension Technician with Lincoln University Cooperative
Extension in Jefferson City, Missouri.

George Kuepper
Kuepper is Horticulture Manager at the Kerr Center.

Workshop registration is due by September 18 and costs $50 per person ($25
for each additional family member), which includes lunch.  (Refunds are
available for cancellations made before the due date.)

For more information or to
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visit the events calendar at www.kerrcenter.com
yOi_uMFHVrzX3NTvw==> , call 918.647.9123, or send an email to
mailbox at kerrcenter.com


Maura Ann McDermott

Communications Director

Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture

24456 Kerr Rd.

Poteau, OK 74953

www.kerrcenter.com <http://www.kerrcenter.com/> 



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