The host, Mr. Özcan Kulaksız, says he has planted the walnut seeds with his own hands many years ago and raised them like his children. He is practicing certified organic farming and wants to be a role model for his hometown Yelek. Request him to show you the traditional tools he has collected from Yelek so far, and then give you a tour of the village. Kaman, where the farm is located, is in the middle of a steppe but it will surprise you with its beaches! Savcılı and Toklumen beaches are just 10 km away from the farm. Meals are eaten together when Özcan's wife is around and if she's not, you can either join the workers' lunch table or cook your own meal with the ingredients that the host supplies.
Here is how the host describes his farm:
Our farm is a family farm. Living with us, there is a permanent worker family and seasonal workers come when needed. There two houses in the farm. One of these is a double storey where the worker family lives upstairs and guests downstairs. The other house is for the host. There is also a house construction going on for agro-tourism purpose. The water used in the farm comes from a natural resource within the land.
The farm, which is covering a land of approximately 10 ha, was founded in 1994 to grow the famous local Kaman walnuts. Almond, apple, pear, apricot, grapes, cherry, and quince are all grown organic besides Kaman walnuts. In addition to those, we are working on growing chestnuts, figs, pomegranate, and blackberries. We also grow vegetables like tomato, aubergine, pepper, cucumber and some legumes.
Our aim is to keep growing organic Kaman walnuts, be a role model for the region and spread organic farming. We also aim to organize career trainings for qualified labor. We want to contribute to local development by supplying our village with agro-tourism.
VISITING AS GUEST: Available all year long. Contact the host to learn about contribution fees for food and accommodation.
APR: Pruning, hoeing, spreading lime on trees, planting seeds, manuring MAY: Hoeing, watering JUN: Beans, onion, garlic harvest JUL: Tomato, pepper, aubergine, chickpea, fruits harvest AUG: Vegetables, grape, pear, walnut, almond harvest, fruit drying, salça (tomato paste) and jam making SEP: Grape, walnut, almond harvest, salça, jam, vinegar and pekmez (molasses) making OCT: Walnut harvest, pealing almonds and walnuts