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    Elderberry Workshop Coming Up Sept. 26

    Interested farmers and food entrepreneurs will get a thorough briefing on elderberry production and marketing at the upcoming Elderberry Workshop, Saturday, Sept. 26, at the Kerr Center near Poteau.

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    Tour a Field of Elderberries

    Terry Durham, Missouri elderberry grower and maker of jams, jellies, juices and medicinal products, will be featured SEPT. 26 at the Kerr Center’s Elderberry Workshop. Walk with him through a field of ripe elderberries.

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  • Elderberry planting in bloom on the Cannon Horticulture Plots, June 2015

    Elderberries: Workshop September 26

    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 tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry plantings.

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    The Kerr Center’s 2014 Demonstration Market Garden

    This report describes the demonstration organic market garden that was planted on the Cannon Horticulture Plots as a teaching tool for the 2014 Oklahoma Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program.

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    Field Notes – August 2015

    The worst of summer’s heat and drought is almost past, and we’re looking ahead to two great events in our fall educational lineup: – a September 26 elderberry workshop, featuring advice from Oklahoma’s home-grown expert,…

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    Clear Cool Water: Livestock Watering Workshop

    The importance of making adequate, clean water available to cattle year-round was the focus of the Kerr Center’s Water and Livestock Workshop on Saturday, June 11. Folks from Oklahoma and Arkansas listened to experts from the center and OSU Cooperative Extension explore water quality and ways to keep water clean on a working ranch.

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Events/Training

Sep
8
Tue
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center
Sep 8 all-day
Tour the Kerr Center @ Kerr Center | Poteau | Oklahoma | United States
Guided tours are available one day each month, on the second Tuesday of the month. During these tours, Kerr Center staff show visitors our current horticulture and livestock projects. Short tours go from 9-11 or 1-3 (approximate length),  and cost $10 per person. Long tours are also available, starting at 9 a.m., and cost $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Contact us a week in advance to let us know you are coming and whether you want to see horticulture or livestock projects or both. Keep in mind that what is available to see varies according to season. When you call, we can let you know what is available to see. We want you to have the best possible experience! Pay at the door. Tours begin at the Kerr Center office. Click here for directions and map. All other visits must be requested at least two weeks in advance. Groups are welcome. Call the Kerr Center at 918.647.9123 or email mailbox@kerrcenter.com with “tour request” in the subject line to arrange a visit.
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Sep
18
Fri
Registration Deadline: Elderberry Workshop
Sep 18 all-day
Registration Deadline: Elderberry Workshop
Register by September 18 for the September 26 elderberry workshop.
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Sep
25
Fri
Registration Deadline: Grazing Workshop
Sep 25 all-day
Registration Deadline: Grazing Workshop
Registration is due September 25 for the October 10 grazing workshop.
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Sep
26
Sat
Elderberry Workshop @ Kerr Center
Sep 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:45 pm
Registration info at bottom This workshop will cover variety selection, establishment, production, harvest, marketing, and uses for this perennial native plant. It includes both classroom presentations and a tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry plantings.

Presenters include:

Brent Madding Madding and his wife Valerie run 360 OK farms, a 7,000-plant elderberry orchard near Webbers Falls.  One of the largest elderberry nursery operations in the U.S., they specialize in the research and cultivation of Oklahoma native varietals of elderberry. 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. 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. Download Workshop Agenda (PDF, 36 KB) Registration is due by September 18.  Registration costs $50 per person ($25 for additional family member), and includes lunch.  (Refunds are available for cancellations made before the due date.).

Register by mail:

Mail-in registration form  

Register securely with PayPal or a credit card:

paypal-icon To register, select the first person option below. To register an additional family member, you will need to select ‘Continue Shopping’ on the Paypal screen and come back to select the second person (sorry, this seems to be the only way to sign up two people).
First person registering:
Include spouse or child
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Oct
10
Sat
Grazing Workshop @ Kerr Center
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Beef cattle have been raised on the historic Kerr Ranch since the 1950s. Learn how we manage our forages and grazing to make the most of our resources, while preserving forage and soil health. Kerr Center livestock staff will lead this combined classroom/field workshop, covering:
  • grazing management
  • forage stockpiling and utilization
  • measuring forage availability
Registration is $20; $10 for spouse. Pre-registration required by Sept. 25; register early, space is limited. Lunch and snacks included.(No refunds if cancelling after Sept. 25) Print out and mail registration form with check made out to Kerr Center or register online and pay via Paypal or credit card.
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Elderberries are pretty easy to grow, with few pests, and they are ready to harvest in the second year after planting. 
 -- Terry Durham, Missouri elderberry grower and speaker and upcoming Elderberry Workshop (Sept. 26).