Compost Management, Interplanting and No-Till Vegetable Production at Brun Ko Farm

Friday, July 23 | 3-5 p.m.

PaulsenHosts: Emily & Nathan Paulsen | Brun Ko Farm

Address: 2920 Falcon Ave. | Exira, IA 50076

Nathan and Emily Paulsen combine a spirit of innovation, passion for local food and pride in their Danish heritage and Iowa roots to guide their vision for Brun Ko Farm (Brun Ko is Danish for “brown cow”).

For this field day, we will tour their farm to see how their livestock and horticulture systems interact. Manure and garden waste contribute to compost that is eventually formed into production beds (using a bed shaper of Nathan’s own creation!) that are interplanted with vegetables to maximize productivity and keep living roots in the soil as often as possible. This event will highlight the rhythm of these on-farm processes for a family that values their land and community.

The Farm:

Nathan and Emily Paulsen own and operate Brun Ko Farm, located 3 miles east of Elk Horn, Iowa. They raise pastured beef and pork, in addition to eggs, honey and a wide variety of vegetables. They sell their products through the Elk Horn Farmers Market and direct from the farm.


  • Compost management
  • No-till vegetable production
  • Intercropping

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