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.
The village has a drinking spot for the animals. Many families seem to have 3-5 milking cows.
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.
In the evening Luis showed us the fields above the village.
And in the morning we went to the pine-forest on the other side of the village. Luis meditating on a rock.
There is a lot of wild-life in and around Cazgirlar village. The dung beetle was fun to watch.
Kävimme viime sunnuntaina myös Lehtimäellä Karin tilalla, jossa oltiin puimassa kauraa. Itse asiassa kävimme Karin tilalla myös 4 viikkoa sitten Pohjanmaan ja Tornion kuvausmatkallamme (niitä kuvia en ole vieläkään ehtinyt kaikkia purkaa). Karin tila on ollut virallisesti luomussa vuodesta 1995, mutta tilan vanhempi isäntä Urho Kari on ollut jo 1980 luvulla luomuviljelyn pioneereja ja sekä Luomuliiton että Ekoviljelijöiden puheenjohtaja. Itsekin olen tehnyt ensimmäisen opintoretken Karin tilalle 1981 tai 1982 agronomiopintojeni alkuvaiheessa. Nyt tilaa pitävät Ville Kari ja Susanna Hautalahti. Viljeltyä on noin 240 hehtaaria, lypsäviä 70 ja tilalla tuotetaan myös luomulihaa.