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Eldon Everhart

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  • Everhart Horticulture Consulting
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Eldon Everhart grew up during the 1950’s and 60’s in a rural area near Kansas City, Kansas. The family business included a country grocery store with a one-pump gas station and small-scale diversified farming of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, as well as one cow and a few chickens. Eldon earned BS and MS degrees from Kansas State University and a Ph.D. from the University at Wisconsin at Madison. He served in the United States Army during the 1970’s and 80’s and promoted to the rank of Captain. Dr. Everhart helped start the horticulture program at Iowa Lakes Community College in northwest Iowa. From 1975 to 1987, he helped several hundred college students learn and develop useful skills, and then put their talent to use working for horticultural businesses throughout the United States. Dr. Everhart served as a horticulture specialist with Iowa State University from 1987 to 1370. He wrote numerous Extension and research publications, as well as hundreds of articles for gardening magazines and newspapers. Dr. Everhart is currently co-owner of Everhart Horticulture Consulting business ( In 2010, he consulted on mechanization of processing tomatoes in Egypt. He helped honeydew melon growers in Azerbaijan and has consulted on aronia berry production in Canada, China, Columbia, Romania, and South Korea. Hundreds of commercial aronia growers in the United States have consulted with Dr. Everhart. He helped start the Midwest Aronia Association and is a charter member. He estimates that at least 5,000 acres of aronia will be planted in the United States within the next decade. During his career, he has helped hundreds of Master Gardeners and college students, as well as want-to-be and established horticulture business people. He is a well known speaker at garden shows, conferences, and workshops throughout the United States and abroad.

Professional experience


Everhart Horticulture Consulting

January 2010 - Present

Horticulture Specialist

Iowa State University

June 1987 - January 2010(23 years)

Program Coordinator & Instructor

Iowa Lakes College

September 1975 - May 1987(12 years)



University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 1970 - December 1974(4 years)


Kansas State University

June 1967 - December 1969(3 years)


Kansas State University

June 1963 - October 1967(4 years)

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