Their story begins with Norman Lenhardt, who had a vision for the world. He wanted to protect and preserve America’s farm lands while also ensuring that we would have enough food to feed the world. When Norm was not advocating for farm preservation, city planning, or wildlife protection, he spent his time on his 170-acre farm. Located in the Missouri river bottom of Hartsburg, MO, Norm’s Farm boasts some of the richest soil in the world. Today the farm is managed by Norm’s son, Rodger Lenhardt. In honor of Norm’s dream for land preservation, the farm has been put in a trust.
Norm’s Farms, founded by Ann, Rodger, and Erin Lenhardt in Pittsboro, NC, is a way of carrying on Norm’s work and vision. The Norm’s Farms family believes in the sustainable production of healing foods made with natural, simple ingredients–just like the elderberries Norm’s Farms grows. Because the Norm’s Farms family recognizes that their small Missouri farm cannot keep up with the company’s demand, they have begun working with small family farmers in North Carolina to help establish elderberry orchards or a partial Elderberry Farm. Norm’s Farms will have a local source of elderberries for their products in addition to those grown in Missouri.
Elderberries are a resilient plant known for it’s healing and immune system boosting properties. The berry itself is used worldwide for both culinary and medical uses. Norm’s Farm have provided many recipes to help satisfy your elderberry cravings.