Brinkholm is managed by Nikolaj and Zoe. Nikolaj is a qualified production gardener from Vilvorde, where he has specialised in growing vegetables. Zoe is originally from Istanbul, where she has produced documentaries shown on Turkish TV. At Brinkholm she focuses on herbs, flowers and pumpkins.
Nikolaj and Zoe are passionate about a sustainable transformation of Danish agriculture, with a focus on producing food for people rather than feed for animals. Based on regenerative, no-till and organic principles, they grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs and flowers. The farm’s mill is supplied with grain from their own fields.
The foundation for harvesting healthy and nutritious foods is a diverse and active micro life in the soil. The soil’s micro-organisms are fed by the excretion of sugars by living plants, as well as dead and decomposed organic matter. With intensive use of green manure and catch crops, Nikolaj and Zoe make sure there is always food for earthworms, beetles, bacteria, fungi and much more. The soil is only tilled in the top layers, so fungus hyphae and other life are not destroyed, and carbon can be stored. 1/3 of the soil is left to rest each year, so no crops are harvested. Green manure is sown to keep the soil covered and the microlife active.