Narköy: an organic farm next to the Black Sea

I spent almost one week in an organic farm in the middle of the mountains near Kerpe, next to the black sea. Narköy means pomegranate farm in turkish. I was welcomed by a nice barbecue with many salads and veggies with many other workers. The atmosphere was really nice…
Among other volunteers from Italy, Germany and Ireland, I started to help picking green onions, planting strawberries, breaking nuts and my favorite: milking the cows! Many cows, sheep, horses, dogs and cats are living there. I was staying in a nice tent made of wool carpets and heated with nuts shells !!
It was a great experience to improve my Turkish as most of the workers didn’t speak English at all ! It will be very usefull for the rest of my travel hitch-hiking…

Here are the pictures:

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Mehmet: the raw food king !!

I spent 10 days in Mehmet’s « farm » near Izmit. I spent a few hours working in his garden and greenhouses and I showed him how to make compost. But where I really spent my time was in his kitchen. Mehmet is a raw food chef. So he only cooks with veggies, nuts and spices. He also uses a lot of “super food”: food recognized for their health properties like spirulina, maca (Peruvian roots), raw chocolate, chia seeds or turmeric…

Twice a week, we prepared « life boxes » containing raw food meals for three days which are sent all around Turkey to people who want to eat healthier food. I discovered a new univers. I understood how by blending, soaking fermenting and drying, you can almost prepare everything with veggies and nuts: bread, cheese, pasta, pies, lasagna and even burgers !!

We also prepared our own meals of course. So I eat raw food for 10 days. At first, I have the impression the meals stayed on my stomach, but at least I wasn’t feeling hungry. After 10 days, I felt lighter and fitter: I didn’t need to spend so much energy to digest all these starch… Eating raw food was now a pleasure, especially with such a choice of meals, and some really delicious! I missed raw food when I left the place, but took a lot of great recipes with me, I can’t wait to prepare them again!! Here are some receipies…

Here are the pictures:

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