3rd Generation Family-Owned Farm
It is without a doubt that we're witnessing the loss of the flora and fauna found within the various ecosystems throughout Anatolia. Wheat, cherry, apricot, pea, mutton, and goat all hail from these very systems, and were first domesticated in this land thousands of years ago. Erim Çiftliği is founded on the North-Central Anatolian transitional ecosystem, and cultivates only what grows wild in this area, without hybridization or genetic manipulation. Started out as a wheat field with the Ova delta of Halkahavlı (Yazıbeyli), it was quickly planned as an orchard, surrounded by Austrian and Scots Pines, Nordmann firs, and Black Poplars. Left to its own devices since 2003, the farm has been renovated in 2020 to produce and cultivate local flora, and introduce these species into the agricultural chain.
ABOUT ERİM ÇİFTLİĞİ
We base our decisions on the species we cultivate on several research papers, including the master thesis 'Flora of the Region Between Ayaş, Kazan and Yenikent' (Akdeniz, 2009). Using local species reduces water-stress on the land, and provides local fauna with habitat in a time when human and alien invasion threatens them as never before. We hand-pick our wild specimens, only propagate through seed-collection and cuttings, and only cultivate what grows wild within Northern Ankara. We update our products according to seasonal availability.
100% ORGANIC, FREE RANGE & GMO-PESTICIDE-FREE
Unlike local flora, common agricultural and horticultural plants often require insect pest control and fertilization simply to survive. With an entire ecosystem in place, we use a variety of checks and controls, such as foraging ducks, grazing geese for weed management, chicken, moles, and earthworms for tilling, and native ladybug larvae for pest control. We never use artificial fertilizers, hybrid species, pesticides, herbicides, or antibiotics on property.