The 9th Annual
Maastricht Institute of Entrepreneurship

at Missouri Valley College Campus
April 27-29, 2015

Terry Durham

Owner, Eridu Farms

Terry Durham joined the organic farming movement in 1987 after 20 years of growing organic fruits and vegetables. Eridu Farms raises the largest elderberry acreage in the United States. Elderberries are used for their antioxidant activity, to lower cholesterol, to improve vision, to boost the immune system, and to improve heart health. Eridu Farms' Riverhills Harvest products offer naturally healthy, good tasting, locally processed juice, cordial and jelly made from elderberry. Products are available at many local grocers and health food stores.

Durham became active in the Elderberry Improvement Project, a Missouri Ag Extension project, as a donator of germplasm. Germplasm is a term used to describe living genetic resources such as seeds or tissue. His elderberry plantation was among the first to use the Project's recommended culture methods for varieties developed from wild Missouri elderberry plants. He continues to work closely with the research team.

Durham spends a great deal of time recruiting growers and teaching them how to grow and harvest elderberries and how to prepare their crop for market. His elderberry destemmer is a revolutionary design formatted for the smaller farmer. The destemmer is low-cost, portable and allows farmers to double the value of their crops.

Durham gives farm tours, tastings and sponsors Elderberry Mentoring Workshops. In addition, he hosts an annual growers workshop, The Comprehensive Elderberry Workshop and Field Tour. In 2013, he hosted the First International Elderberry Symposium.

Durham has a long history in the agriculture industry. He instituted Missouri's second Community Supported Agriculture, which served 90 families from 1989 to 1995. Community Supported Agriculture consists of a community of individuals who pledge support to a farm operation so that the farmland becomes, either legally or spiritually, the community's farm, with the growers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production. He has held the position of president of the Missouri Organic Association, which he co-founded, for several terms, and was a board member of the Ozark Organic Growers Association.