BEYKOZ PERMACULTURE ECOLOGICAL PARK
On March 17 2021, a protocol was ratified by Permaturk Foundation and the Municipality of Beykoz District in Istanbul. In compliance with the protocol, the construction of Turkey’s first ecological park started, which has a total area of 5.9 acres in the Kanuni Urban Forest.
The location was selected because the Beykoz District has the most green/rural area in Istanbul and building an ecological park here complies well with the primary goals of Permaturk Foundation.
As a leading example, the Beykoz Permaculture Ecological park aims to demonstrate the positive implications of ecological revitalization, rehabilitation of degraded soils, methods of growing crops completely in fully natural ways and showcase how to reduce the effects of climate change by sequestering carbon in plants and soil.
By the end of October 2021:
Sample garden beds are ready to produce agro-ecological food.
Modification of topography and planting of trees are completed.
In the following months, the community garden, the activity area and the geodesic greenhouse will be complete. Also, an area with abandoned buildings next to the site will be transformed into an ecological neighborhood.
Farmers operating in Beykoz District will be trained as agro-ecological producers.
In summer 2021, Permaturk Foundation and municipal officials of Beykoz paid visits to farmers on site. Upon conducting a comprehensive survey, staff members listened to their problems and needs.
In the following days, Permaturk Foundation and the Municipality of Beykoz will contrive a roadmap to transform farmers into agro-ecological producers.
In the following months, trainings and workshops in the eco-park will be provided for farmers.
While popularizing agro-ecological production methods and creating opportunities for city-dwellers to access healthy food, Permaturk Foundation aims to demonstrate to producers that there are possible multiple-benefits of applying agro-ecological methods, such as creating a better income while protecting and restoring nature and soil.
BEYKOZ PERMAKÜLTÜR EKOLOJİK PARKI DÖNÜŞÜMÜ
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