[Ok-sus] Learn from OK's Home grown elderberry experts Sept. 26

mauramcdermot.kerrcenter mauramcdermot.kerrcenter at ecewb.com
Wed Sep 9 20:19:18 UTC 2015


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 in this full day workshop by leaders in elderberry
research and production from throughout the region. Their combined expertise
will give participants a leg up on diversifying into this promising crop.
The workshop will be held at the Kerr Center in Poteau.

In addition to technical and marketing presentations by regional
specialists, the program will feature commercial elderberry growers -
Madding from Oklahoma, and others 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.

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.)

Register online or download a mail-in registration form at


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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