Cazgirlar village and Agrida organic farm

After just one night in Istanbul our trip to Turkey in July 2013 started with a visit to Cazgirlar village in the Bayramiç district, Çanakkale Province. The village has only 50 people and is pretty much as remote as you can get in these parts. Many of the young people have left the village and a lot of houses are in bad shape due to no maintenance for years. It can be picturesque but not so good for living in. New life has been brought to the village by Agrida organic farm which participates in the TaTuTa system of Bugday association. This brings Wwoofers to the farm and village like Luis from Portugal who kindly showed us around the village and fields and pine forests around. We didn’t get to know that much about the farming side of the Agrida but seeing how the milk collection works in the village was very interesting. The atmosphere in the village is nice and it would certainly be worth a larger photography project.

 

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

The village has a drinking spot for the animals. Many families seem to have 3-5 milking cows.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

Next to the mosque and çayhane there is a small building with the villages milk tank. The milk is brought in, weighed and poured into the tank. The volumes are written into the notebook on the chair. A dairy truck fetches the milk.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

In the evening Luis showed us the fields above the village.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

And in the morning we went to the pine-forest on the other side of the village. Luis meditating on a rock.

 (Erkki Poytaniemi, Erkki Pöytäniemi)

There is a lot of wild-life in and around Cazgirlar village. The dung beetle was fun to watch.

 

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