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Our farm is 40 km inland from Izmir, 5 km away from nearest town, Turgutlu. We originally built barns for breeding sheep, however the buildings have been vacant for a few years now and need a facelift. My intention is to convert the place into a child-friendly environment with a few animals for recreational and therapeutic purposes. I can use help with painting, small construction and art projects, cleaning and landscaping.
There are also around 200 olive and several fruit trees. Our main income-generating activity is to produce/sell organic olive oil. We harvest olives by hand-picking in October-November for several weeks. In the spring, we prepare our trees and the field before the dry summer.
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
I can offer basic farm experience, communal living, travel stories and an introduction to local culture. The most unique experience will be to see life in a traditional Aegean town away from mass tourism. I am happy to show you around some less-known historical and nature sites like Sardis, Mount Sipylus, Lydian tombs of Bintepe. You can always reach other well-known locations like Ephesus by taking local buses.
P.S. I am an experienced traveler myself and cycled three continents in three years recently. I also spent many years working and living abroad.
I need help with painting, farm work, carpentry, gardening, digging, lifting, cooking, cleaning, creative projects such as murals, mosaics, etc. Main requirement is fitness for physical work, all other skills offered by volunteers are welcome. I hope to make this a communal effort and the project is open to other creative ideas.
As we approach the year-end, it is time again to harvest olives, reduce our stocks and prepare for winter.
You will get a private room in town where we own a small apartment building. It is also possible to stay at the farm, there are three bedrooms there, usually good for afternoon naps. I am vegetarian but not restrictive about the type of food cooked. There is no unlimited broadband internet, but I may enable limited hotspot on a my mobile phone for messaging and basic access only, no videos or youtube.
Izmir is a large metropolitan city for all shopping, entertainment and transportation options. You may be able to catch a ride with me from Istanbul where I also spend time occasionally. I am also on Warmshowers for bicycle travelers.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week