Last Day to Sign up for Free Oklahoma Elderberry Workshop

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Want to learn more about elderberries in Oklahoma? September 12 is the last day to register for a free farm tour and workshop on this increasingly popular – and profitable – crop.

The workshop runs from 4 – 7 P.M. on Thursday, September 14, at the Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture outside Poteau, Oklahoma.

A perennial crop, elderberry is planted once and bears fruit for years. With both flowers and leaves harvested for use in a growing number of dietary and medicinal products, the market is primed for continued growth of this profitable new crop.

However, elderberry has received little attention from agricultural researchers, leaving farmers who grow it at higher risk due to the many unknowns still surrounding it. The Kerr Center is part of a multi-year, multi-state research project aimed at filling in those gaps.

The workshop features a field tour of the Kerr Center’s elderberry trial on the horticulture farm. The Kerr Center is running a scientific trial of a dozen different elderberry varieties, to see which do best under eastern Oklahoma’s growing conditions.

Following the tour, the classroom portion of the workshop will begin with a presentation by Dr. Andrew Thomas, of the University of Missouri. Thomas, who directs the multi-state elderberry research project, will describe the overall project.

Thomas will also give an overview of elderberry production techniques. The Kerr Center’s David Redhage will wrap up the workshop with a discussion of elderberry marketing.

Registration is free, but due by Tuesday, September 12. Early registration is suggested to secure one of the limited spaces available.

For more information or to register, visit the events calendar at, call 918.647.9123, or email

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