dairy farming in Istanbul-Turkey ;experience a holistic soil approach of 8100

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This listing is a Last minute host. They have let us know that they are looking for help immediately as well as at other times of the year.

  • Description

    Description

    We are a very hard working Turkish couple running a dairy farm since 2000.

    Our operation is designed as a 200 head conventional dairy however we are trying to stop the monocultural,industrial way of producing.We are what we eat and we are after;economical,ecological and social sustainability;but we have to restore these all first!!!We are willing to evolve our business into a more ecological ,soil restoring farm.Our herd is the first "free of disease herd" in istanbul and we come clean since 2005.I think having healthy certified cattle is very important if people other then your family will be participating in the daily production.
    We love our cows and we appreciate for the milk they produce.
    There is a doorstep fresh milk delivery service which we built and all of our customers feel part of the production.
    Through 8100 program we are looking for 12 neighbors.We already found the chicken farmer,the goat farmer and natural building architect-aim is to work on different activities in same land to compliment each other to provide the health of the soil.Their activities are sold through the doorstep delivery network,accommodation provided by the farm and this opportunity gives them time to focus on their main activity.Invitation is open for those who are interested to enrich soil and practice a communal life!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    General Maintenance
    Farming
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Language practice
    Other

  • Help

    Help

    The main help required are;

    5 hours a day Max.


    feeding(cows/calves),
    lots of cleaning-manure scraping,
    helping with milking
    taking cattle groups out to pasture
    combing the cows
    filling milk bottles
    garden related work
    chicken care
    build natural building houses

    The most important thing I expect from the volunteers are that they support my production team(not necessarily physically-but can be mentally as well/jokes or simply creating a nice atmosphere for them also counts) as much as you can and show love/care for my cows which is mostly forgotten at the daily hessle.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    turkish,english,german

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    -there is internet access at the office for you 1 hr a day
    -you will either get a an apart. one bedroom/kitchen/livingroom wth a bathroom inside or a single bedroom/bath combination.and also for the tent stayers- we have the most beautiful bathroom made by natural building design team!
    -Dinners:2-3 days a week I cook;4 days a week you cook at the guesthouse kitchen.(ingriedients provided by me)
    -Lunch there is a catering service coming in for all of us
    -Breakfast at the guesthouse wth the team or at the guest house wth other volunteers
    -one day off

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our farm is only 90km to İstanbul and very easy to reach by bus from Esenler Bus station in istanbul.

    -you can only volunteer for at least a min of 21 full days and above-not less.
    -there are contract based positions available almost all times for different projects
    -permaculture,holistic management and environment friendly life is what we are after

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    By visiting our farm you can benefit a communal life and enjoy;
    the variety in a fixed routine
    good Turkish food
    respect
    a platform where you could contribute with your own talent and feel useful

    By visiting our farm you can learn;
    dairy farming
    goat farming
    poultry
    natural building and design
    soil health and efforts for resilience
    regenerative farming

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