Elderberry Resources 

Planting hedgerows 

USDA‐NRCS Conservation and Cost Share Programs

Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle 

  • Framework for Assessing Impacts to the Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: https://www.fws.gov/sacramento/documents/VELB_Framework.pdf 

  • Safe Harbor Agreements for Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle (a federally listed endangered species) Landowners in Yolo and Solano Counties can join safe harbor agreements or similar arrangements in order to provide assurances against additional future regulatory restrictions in connection with incidental disturbance of Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle associated with lawful ongoing activities such as habitat restoration, levee maintenance, and farming. 

Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Shasta, Sutter, Tehama, and Yolo Counties: 

Sacramento River Forum, Jane Dolan, e‐mail: jdolan@sbcglobal.net https://www.sacramentoriver.org/forum/ 

Solano County: 

Solano County Water Agency, Rich Marovich, e‐mail: RMarovich@scwa2.com (Solano only covers land adjacent to Putah Creek and may be switching to a Habitat Conservation Plan model. Contact Rich Marovich for details.) 

Making Value-Added Products 

Elderberry-related Facebook Groups

  • West Coast Elderberry Growers “Helping commercial growers (or those exploring commercial production) along the western coast and inland USA and Canada with education, networking, and support.”  


  • Elderberry Growers Connect "Elderberry growers join to connect and share practices and resources related to commercial planting, growing, harvesting, processing and merchandising elderberries, elderflowers and products. This group is for more experienced growers. Beginning growers are asked to learn by reading posts, but to join the NEW Elderberry Growers group to post questions which more experienced growers will answer.”


  • New Elderberry Growers “This is a closed group for new commercial elderberry growers. Experienced growers are here to help. We offer advice to new growers in the exciting project to develop and maintain an elderberry orchard for commercial growing.”