Büyük Çatma Village

 

Büyük Çatma Village (reads Beu-yeuck Chat-ma) has the biggest number of farmers enrolled in Anatolia Foundation Certification Program. The organic farms surround the Kuyucuk Lake, designated as an 'Important Bird Area' and more recently as the only Ramsar Site in Turkey. The waterways from these farms feed the lake where over 200 species of migrating birds have been scientifically identified. The village has a population of 472 people living in 95 houses. The villagers live a traditional lifestyle; the men occupying themselves with agriculture and animal husbandry, and the women with dairy production and handicrafts.