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Modern commercial farming of American elderberry (Sambucus nigra canadensis) began in Missouri around the turn of this century when organic farmer Terry Durham noticed that the elderberry plants growing around his fields were vigorous and fruitful. His curiosity led him to planting them in a field, where they grew abundantly.
In 2011, Chris Patton, a Minneapolis adjunct university professor, went to MOSES, an organic and regenerative farmers conference in LaCrosse, WI. There he attended Terry Durham’s presentation on American elderberry and traveled to Terry’s annual elderberry grower’s workshop in Missouri. Chris, a member of Seward Co-op, brought back a few cases of Terry’s newly launched, minimally processed products to see if local food co-ops would be interested in selling these products, and beginning in 2012, many did.