İsmail Gedik (60), a businessman who transformed the 17 decare land left by his father into a walnut garden in the village of Oğuzhan in ZONGULDAK’s Devrek district, also provided employment for women in the village.İsmail Gedik wanted to evaluate the 17-decare land left from his family in Oğuzhan village in Devrek district of Zonguldak, where his childhood passed. Carrying out research in Eskişehir where he lived for this, Gedik decided to establish a walnut garden in 2013. Sharing his thoughts with his surroundings, Gedik found it difficult to find support. Those around him, ‘You can’t. It’s a pity for your money. Gedik, disregarding the words of “don’t waste your time”, planted 13 kinds of 450 walnut trees in total. Gedik, who travels 370 kilometers each month and controls the maintenance of his garden, made his first harvest 2 years ago with the support of the villagers. During the maintenance and harvest periods, women in the village started to earn income by working in the garden. Gedik’s garden has also been the subject of R&D and academic research, as it contains 13 types of walnut trees.
‘I WOULD NOT WANT TO STOP IN A RESTRICTED CONDITION’ Married and father of three, Ismail Gedik said, “This land has served our family for many years. I did not want to leave this land idle and I wanted to do an occupation that would have to come and go. We wanted to create a walnut garden, which was chosen as the fruit of the year in 2008. For that purpose, this garden was created.We established the garden in 2013. There are 450 trees on an area of 17 decares. The garden started to serve the region in an academic sense. The reason to choose this place is 13 different species. The type of variety found in a garden. It is researched for its regional adaptation and adaptation. We support academic and R&D studies in this way. Our women in the village work in our garden during the harvest and feeding times. “Even though we do not make a big contribution, we do contribute to the soup.” Walnuts are sold before they are collected Stating that there is a high demand for domestic walnuts, Gedik said that his products found buyers before they were collected, and said:
“I am a village boy. My childhood passed here. He told me, ‘You are doing it in vain, you are wasting your money. 500 kilometers away, the garden cannot be looked at or not.’ They said. Maybe they were right in their own right, but I am not far from the soil. My childhood was spent with the soil and I used to plant trees in the village. I think that if two of the people do it, it will be a profit for the country. I want many people to do this job. This work should be done in the form of a chimneyless factory in the region. “