Balabanağa Farm, situated in Daday province of Kastamonu, is named after Oğuzbalaban family which owns the place for almost 450 years. Farm land is approximately 100 acres and various vegetables and fruits are grown on 20 thousand square-meters. These include fruits like apple, pear, plumb, wild pear, hawthorne, quince, etc and many vegetables which can grow in Black Sea climate. Kastamonu's ancient wheat variety 'siyez' is grown here. There are also cattle and poultry which provide source for milk, yoghurt, cheese, and eggs. Oğuzbalaban family will host their guests and volunteers in the historical Balabanağa Konağı (Mansion). Both guests and volunteers are expected to help preparing the meals together.
About Balabanağa Konağı (Mansion):
Balabanağa Konağı, standing alone on a forest hillside of İnciğez village, was built in 1636. The mansion and its extensions such as the fountain, Turkish bath, and granary, which are all more than 400 years old, have survived with minimum damage from natural impacts. Basement walls of the mansion are composed of stone and adobe supported with wooden poles. Upper story walls are made of adobe filled wooden frames.
Traditional hospitality culture of Anatolia is still alive in Balabanağa Farm.
VISITING AS GUEST: Contact host to learn about the accommodation contribution fee.
JUL-AUG: Carrying straw bales, animal care, vegetable harvest, vegetable drying SEP: Food processing (jam, pickles, traditional soup - 'tarhana')