The Mission of the Midwest Aronia Association is to:
- Gather and provide information regarding the culture of aronia.
- Better the conditions of those engaged in aronia growing and encourage sustainable growing practices.
- Improve the quality and marketability of aronia produced through the use of education and research.
- Promote the aronia industry and other value-added uses of aronia.
- Network and cooperate with related government agencies, educational institutions, development organizations and private industry to address these stated purposes.
- Promote a healthy social and political environment conducive to aronia growing.
About the Midwest Aronia Association
The Midwest Aronia Association began unofficially in late summer 2008 in southwest Iowa. Iowa State University Extension personnel provided the means to connect persons interested in aronia. As this core group met during 2008 and 2009, the members realized that interest in aronia as a value-added crop was expanding throughout the Midwest region. Word spread that our group had been formed and people began contacting us for information about all aspects of aronia, including cultivar selection, planting techniques, growth maintenance, fertilization, picking, production, nutritional value, etc. We recognized a need for an association to provide information to all interested parties, and began the official organization for the association with development of the bylaws, filing of articles of incorporation, and election of officers in 2009.
The officers of the association have a wide range of experience in agriculture, business practices, education, grant writing and food technology. They have attended conferences on business development, aronia production, food entrepreneurship development, and various agriculture related workshops. Four members of the association were a core committee to develop pilot project curriculum for an Aronia Annie’s Group to be held for women growing and producing aronia.
The Midwest Aronia Association is a non-profit organization and has no connection to any commercial entity. Our sole purpose is to investigate, improve, and promote all aspects of aronia growing. We hope to empower our members by providing information from experts in the agricultural and marketing community. We aim to pursue grant opportunities to benefit our members.
Current members reside in California, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota ,Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Ontario Canada, with approximately 200,000 aronia plantings. Since our members are across the U.S., we recognize the need to have regional activities such as field events, social gatherings, aronia wine tastings, etc. Also, this web site will allow members to communicate with each other through a “member’s only” section.
There are three membership categories: grower, producer, and affiliate. The categories and criteria are defined in the bylaws. Dues for 2012 are based upon the calendar year. Interested persons may view a copy of the bylaws and join the membership on this website.
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