American Elderberry Explored as Potential Crop for Small-Scale Farmers

Writing in Organic Broadcaster, berry grower Pete Widin explores the potential of American elderberry to be a profitable crop for small-scale farmers. The perennial elderberry enjoys growing markets for both flowers and fruit. Widin explains that the crop needs full sun and well-drained soil, and benefits from irrigation. The berries are vulnerable to spotted wing drosophila, and pressure from other pests and diseases varies by location. Prospective growers also need to consider the labor and infrastructure required to bring a crop to market.