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This is an ecological farm project which was launched in 2011. The farm is located in the northwest part of Turkey about 2 hours away from Istanbul by bus near a village called Küçükyoncalı (3kms) in an oak forest. The project, which started with the aim of growing organic walnuts, has changed direction with the widening of the interests of individuals and contributions of different trainings. A system based on permaculture principles is currently being created. It is a farm that generates its own electricity, where natural housing was built on the basis of volunteering through training by experts. In 2019, besides the production of various vegetables in the garden, corn, barley and siyez (heirloom seeds from Anatolia) wheat production started. We breed free-range chicken, geese, duck and sheep. At certain intervals for two years we have been planting a canopy, an understory of fruit trees and bushes and shrubs and there are nearly 700 trees that are already turning into food forests. The purpose of the project is to host and feed the animals that live on the farm, the team that sustains and supports it, and the visitors who come to the farm for the purpose of participating in the trainings during the summer season. The surplus of products are sold in nearby village shops as barter. It is an animal friendly atmosphere with dogs and cats. We have been hosting volunteers from all over the world since four years.
We are a family of four all very much connected with nature and are trained in permaculture, farming and animals and have been gaining background and experience since more than ten years. Süleyman has been working in cardboard packaging since many years and he still continues two days a week. He is very much connected with the farm and especially skillful in building projects and maintaining. He is very creative about planning new ideas around the farm. Aylin is an artist who is into healing with plants and creating new recipies. Therefore growing our own food is her strong point. Both sons Sinan and Alp are living partly in Istanbul and at the farm. Sinan as a writer and musician loves reading and researching and has a developed sense of strategical planning. Alp always loves to learn more about nature, farming and animals. He is great at observing and creating solutions for the farm as a designer.
Types of help and learning opportunitiesHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family meals
UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve
Cultural exchange and learning opportunities
Volunteers will be working on the farm.
In the farm we are implementing permaculture and organic gardening. This can be an experience of getting to know permaculture design and start improving the knowledge of living in harmony with the nature.
Main permaculture applications you might experience (depending on the time you are joining) are:
chicken tractor, establishing and rotation
coop, chicken rotation
Projects involving children
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
Farming; Taking care of the vegetable garden and/or coop. Farming activities that starts with soil preparation, planting to harvesting.
Kitchen; preparing for winter, preserving food and fermenting.
Animal care; tending of the coops and animals. Taking care of their food and fresh water.
We expect volunteers to work alongside the team with a fixed schedule, and we provide three meals a day + basic accommodation.
There are teepees where certain number of volunteers can stay. Apart from that volunteers have to camp. There is a bathroom/dry toilets building available. We can provide for volunteers tents, mattresses and bedding.
Other buildings on land include a kitchen, a greenhouse and storage buildings.
We provide three meals a day prepared by a cook, all fresh local products with options for vegetarians.
What else ...
It is a natural environment and there is the possibility of interaction with nature and a big city at the same time as we are located close to a metropol, Istanbul. The farm is also half an hour away from the black sea. We can offer transportation to and from the closest village.
A little more information
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Can host digital nomads
This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
Can possibly accept pets
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
How many Workawayers can stay?
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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