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Frequently Asked Questions:

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When is the Farm Open to Volunteers, Visitors?

Belentepe farm is closed for the winter from November to end of March. Normally we start accepting volunteers from April. We do not accept visitors without prior notice or invitation. Volunteers can fill out our volunteering form and if they are accepted, we arrange for their arrival.

We encourage people to take part in our activities in the farm so that they can visit and experience the farm. Some activities: grape harvest weekend in mid September, camping weekends, music weekends, bread/cheese/preserves production workshops, permaculture courses, etc. Please follow our activities calender and also sign in to our newsletter so that we can inform you about these activities.

How is Daily Life at Belentepe Farm?

Most days the farm has its usual routine:

  • Wake up around 7-7:30
  • 8:00 Breakfast
  • 8:30 - 12:30 Morning chores from
  • 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break
  • 13:30 - 17:00 afternoon chores
  • Personal time until 19:00
  • 19:00 Dinner

Weekly and daily chores are planned, discussed and shared among the inhabitants at that time at the farm. We eat meals together with volunteers, workers and visitors. We also prepare, clean, tend the farm together.

Can We Stay at the Farm?

Apart from volunteering, when the farm is not very busy, we accept guests in the farm. We have a bunch of guest houses that we rent for short terms. But these arrangements need to be made at least 1 week beforehand. Contact us for such requests at: info@belentepe.org

How is the Weather Like at the Farm & What is the Best Time to Visit Belentepe?

Normally we have snowy winters; sometimes the farm is covered under snow until end of March. The farm is closed during the winter - only sometimes we open to friends who want to enjoy the snow at the farm. Lately though, due to climate change, the winters here are also changing. Last couple of winters we had little snow.

Spring is normally cool and nights are cold due to mountain climate. Summers have gotten quite hot lately, again due to climate change. Mid June we reach temperatures around 30 degrees Celcius. July and August we reach temps up to 34-35 degrees. However even during summers, we get afternoon winds which help cool down a little bit. And summer nights are wonderful because it is cool at summer nights due to mountain climate.

Best times in terms of weather are April to June and September, October.

How Do We Get to the Farm?

We pre-arrange the volunteers' arrival. We pick them up from Bursa and drive them to the farm. There is very limited public transport to the farm. Each morning at 8:00, a minibus from the neighboring village leaves for Bursa city. The same minibus leaves Bursa at 16:00 to return back to the village at around 17:00.

What Do You Grow, Produce at the Farm?

Our vineyard is comprised of 700 vines (cabernet, merlot, narince, razaki), also on the land are 100+ fruit trees (cherry, sour cherry, apple, prunes), forest trees. Vegetables we grow are tomatoes, pepper, squash, eggplant, cucumber, tomatillo, lots of salad greens, peas, beans, etc. We have chicken, ducks, geese, sheep & pond fish. We also grow healing herbs.

We produce our own wine, bread, cheese, preserves.




 
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