Our farm locates at upper Gökçebel village mountains in Yalıkavak, Bodrum, Muğla with the 15000 m2 of land. We grow fruits such as carob, olive, fig, pomegranate, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, apricot, banana, mulberry, grape, strawberry, golden berry and aromatic and medicinal herbs such as sage, thyme, lavender, lemon balm, peppermint, rosemary, laurel, st john’s wort with organic farming and permaculture rules. We also have free range goose, duck, chicken and quail at our farm.
We host our guests and volunteers at our ecologic wooden bungalow which is built under the consultancy of “ Building Biology and Ecology Institute of Turkey” This bungalow has two rooms with individual bathrooms. We also provide land for tents. We cook our breakfasts, lunches and dinners at our open air kitchen all together with the fresh vegetables from our garden.
We prepare tomato pastes, pickles, jams, carob molasses, salted olives, fig pastes for the winter season. We grind carobs and cook carob cakes and cookies. We produce st john’s wort oil, we collect and dry medicinal herbs.
We organize seminars at HerbaFarm Akademi – both in Bodrum and İstanbul about permaculture, organic farming, medicinal herbs, gardening, aromatherapy, natural skin care, homeopathy and etc.
Volunteer jobs: watering, gardening, pruning, coop and duck pool cleaning, cooking the winter food in the kitchen etc.
Founder of HerbaFarm Academy
Meltem Kurtsan completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy at the Pharmacy Faculty of Istanbul University. She has worked in different management levels of Kurtsan Holding since 1982. She had been always involved at the R&D department for the development of herbal & natural products of the group. She held the position of President of Board at Kurtsan Group (www.kurtsan.com) between 2004 – 2013.
In 2013, All Family Members assigned Professional Board at Kurtsan Group of Companies who has a proven track record of success, in order to guarantee and maintain the continuous improvement in pharmaceutical, medical and cosmetic fields of the Family Business. Ms. Kurtsan now works as an Effective Shareholder as she believes the importance and necessity of the institutionalization in Family Businesses; looking at the macro level to the health sector in the world.
During her career she has attended several business development trainings. She completed the Harvard Business School OPM (Owner President Management) Program at 1999. She was nominated as Global Leader for Tomorrow by World Economic Forum in 1999 in Davos. She became Trademark and Patent Attorney at Turkish Patent Institute in 2001.
She became a member of TUSIAD (Turkish Industry and Business Association) in 2000 and was in charge of the Working Groups on Gender Equality and Intellectual Property Rights. She was the Founding President of KAGIDER (Women Entrepreneurs Association of Turkey) (www.kagider.org) in 2002 and was subsequently elected President for 4 years running. She was the Board Member of the Turkish Association of Corporate Governance (TKYD) which was founded in 2003. She also held the Presidency of Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO) and was a member of the Supreme Board of Women Entrepreneurs Committee at the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB).
She continues her work as the General Manager at MK Consultancy, Training Ltd., which was founded by her in 2002. MK organized seminars and workshops about Intellectual Property Rights, EU funding and specialises in more technical seminars especially on Regulatory Affairs and other pharmaceutical related topics which made the Company a well-known and well-respected with a strong reputation in pharmaceutical sector in Turkey. (www.mkistanbul.com) .
In 2004, she bought a land in Bodrum where Mediterranean aromatic and medicinal herbs are growing naturally. The nature inspired her so she went back to her Pharmacy Faculty where she did her masters degree about Phytotherapy. Aromatherapy was the part of her advanced education.
In 2015 she moved MK Consultancy& Training companys’ headquarters to Bodrum where she established HerbaFarm Academy and started training seminars about the nature and environment such as natural cosmetics production, botanicals of Bodrum, ecologic houses, organic farming etc.
She wants to teach Aromatherapy as being one of the NAHA approved schools.
ALİ KARATAY KARAYALÇIN
Karatay has completed his bachelor degree in Interior Architecture.
Worked as project manager for five years in construction of factories. He received his MBA degree in English, and worked as sales manager for a Danish high-end electronics company in middle east area as well as a product specialist at the same time.
He completed his second Masters degree in energy management in New York. He worked as a property manager for a large property owner company in New York for five years then relocated in Istanbul in 2018 to join his mother achieve their common dream, HerbaFarm.
Ali Karatay Karayalçın is a NAHA Certified Aromatherapist, a certified aromatic plant gardener, and an enthusiastic nature lover.
Demet graduated from Ege University, Faculty of Communication in 2004. She studied Cinema Art at MSM.
She worked in the field of customer management in the advertising industry for 6 years. Since 2012, she participated in digital projects of national brands, agencies and start-ups.
She attended several botanical trainings and conferences to feed her interest in nature and plants. In one of those trainings, she met Meltem Kurtsan and they started to work together. Since then, she has been working as Project Manager at HerbaFarm.
Melike graduated from Afyon Kocetepe University, Faculty of Food Science and Technology in 2006.
After working in a private food laboratory for about 3 years, she obtained a bachelor’s degree from Yıldız Technical University, Department of Chemistry. She is still doing her master’s degree in Istanbul Technical University.
She came to HerbaFarm voluntarily via TaTuTa and started to work permanently on this farm where she met her dreams. She is the training coordinator.