Join us at the Farm!
Come to the Sunday, September 10th, open houses of 3 farms producing and selling seasonal produce for local markets. Meet the farm families, learn about what each grows, and how they do it through this opportunity to explore their farms and talk with them.
Visit any or all of the farms between 1:00pm and 5:00pm. Each of the farms will offer guided tours at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00, but come any time. Produce or other goods may be available for purchase. Displays and food-related activities may be part of the respective open house events.
The farms are located on or within a mile of Highway 173 between Atlantic & Elk Horn. Look for a map in the event photos and, on September 10th, look for signs along the Highway.
Gil & Ardy Gillespie
60182 Dallas Rd
Ardy & Gil are in their first year of selling vegetables, fruit and herbs at Produce in the Park in Atlantic and the Elk Horn Farmers' Market. They are working to establish a diverse planting of nut and fruit trees, berry bushes, vines, brambles, and asparagus as well as growing annual crops. Their goal is cultivating our local community and people's well-being through healthful foods produced in a highly productive system that builds soil, is resilient to weather extremes, fosters beneficial organisms for resistance to diseases and pests, and is consistent with organic principles.
Larry Harris & Denise O'Brien
59624 Chicago Rd
Larry Harris and Denise O'Brien operate Rolling Acres Farm, the farm on which Larry grew up. They have been farming using organic practices for forty years and are certified organic by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Landstewardship. The farm has two acres in production with a wide variety of vegetables. A moveable high tunnel is used to grow produce earlier in the spring and later in the fall. They are a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) farm that has nearly 40 members in southwest Iowa and the Omaha area. Larry & Denise also sell produce in Atlantic each week at Produce in the Park.
Brun Ko Farm
Nathan & Emily Paulsen
532 Hwy 173
Elk Horn, IA
Nathan & Emily Paulsen own and operate Brun Ko Farm. They grow a variety of vegetable crops, sell homemade pastries, and are raising their first round of beef and pork. They plan to add milk and yogurt to their offerings in the next 3-5 years. Nathan and Emily want to be very transparent about their farm. They are excited about sharing what goes on on the farm and have worked with EHK-Exira school district and other local organizations to welcome kids and tours onto the farm! Emily & Nathan currently sell produce and baked goods at Produce in the Park in Atlantic, Avoca's Main Street Market, and the Elk Horn Farmers Market. In addition, they are adding a road side stand to the farm.
For more information about our Local Farm & Food Celebration farm crawl, contact Emily @ 712-764-2056