Ours is a family run Permaculture Farm near Bilecik. The farm is located just between İstanbul Bursa,Sakarya, Eskişehir,Ankara near Bilecik, 13 km to Gölpazarı.
There is a lot to do and learn here.
On the Permaculture Farm we have chickens, geese and other animals to take care of.
We are growing all kinds of fruit trees like olive, cherry, apple, pears, grapes, apricots, peaches and so on. We grow them by using ecological methods.
Producing and selling fruits at the eco market in Istanbul is one of our incomes. Fruits and veggies are turned into vinegars, pickles and all sorts of goodies. Have you ever made soap out of olive oil? Using no harmfull stuff, just naturally produced ingredients? Here we go!
We are in search for happy hard working volunteers .You wanna join? Lets do it :)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Helping with Tourists
Help with Computers / internet
Language practice (english) with the host,
Web development/maintenance, audio/visual editing, help with all daily tasks.
Producing farm products such as vinegars, soap, olive oil, pickled vegetables, fruit preserves, etc.
Picking herbs and aromatical plants (lavender, sage, etc.), picking fruits, collecting eggs, helping in the fields, etc.
Help with constructing new buildings such as tree houses.
Of course not everything needs to be done everyday, so you will see what we are up to when you are here.
Our region was established in the territories of the Ottoman Empire. But there are even traces of the byzantinian and roman times. We can tell you a lot about the history of our region and show you ruins of old roman buildings.
You can observe a lot of historical events in place.
As mentioned above you can learn to produce all our special products, but also how to use medical herbs, how to take care of goats and little lambs (sometimes even witness the birthgiving) and how to build out of wood.
While helping the host practise English, volunteers can also learn a bit of Turkish.
Stay with the family in the family house in winter, in summer we will have a seperate house for volunteers.There is no wi-fi on the farm. It is easy and cheap to enter the internet with Turkcell sim card.If necessary, I can share the internet from my phone.
We start early in the summer in the farm. We prepare breakfast together in an open kitchen. We produce marmalade and jams, vegetables and fruits from the garden at breakfast. We have options for vegan and non-vegan.
After breakfast we will do the necessary work and rest. We have a pool. Swimming between 11:00 and 14:00 is very fun. It is also fun to sleep in the hammock in the forest. Lunch is prepared together. Then we go back to work. Sometimes our work does not end. Rain can block jobs. Timing is very important. We are flexible. Sometimes it's late, sometimes it's early, but we're always happy.
Loads of trekking and climbing possibilities. Gorgeous nature. Biking, hiking, fishing at the nearby river.
There is an eco market in Kartal, istanbul, where we are selling our products and may pick you up to go to the farm.
You can also accompany us to the market in istanbul.
My wife is an English teacher in istanbul and can help with communication; she always likes the interaction and cultural exchange.
Istanbul Uskudar Harem bus terminal operates daily at 10:00 and 16:00 and there are two buses that pass directly from the farm. All drivers know us.
The fast train and big bus companies stop in Bilecik, from there its a bus ride to the farm.
there are Bursa and Eskişehir buses that pass through the farm every day at 8 am. They may be a good option when you want to visit the surroundings.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours, 5 days a week- we have flexible relax