Sihirli Tohumlar (magical seeds) is an ecological farm run by a family of four people. The farm is located in the northwest part of Turkey about 2 hours away from Istanbul by bus near a village, Küçükyoncalı (3kms) in an oak forest. There is a vegetable garden and orchard mainly walnut trees. It is an animal friendly atmosphere with dogs, cats and there is a coop. Since last year we are working on natural building to establish the site. The farm is producing its energy with solar panels and uses rain water for farming.
Help with Eco project
Volunteers will be working on either the natural building project or the farm. The natural building project is run by a team of experienced builders. Mainly they are teaching volunteers natural building techniques which they can implement after they finish their work as a volunteer.
Main natural building techniques you might experience (depending on the time you are joining) are:
rough earthen plastering
fine earthen plastering
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
Natural building; Plastering and finishing of the slip straw building and starting of a volunteer house building, earth based. Woodwork, preparing mixes, raising walls, rough plastering, etc.
Farming; Taking care of the vegetable garden and/or coop. Farming activities that starts with soil preparation, planting to harvesting.
We expect volunteers to work alongside the team with a fixed schedule, and we provide three meals a day + basic accommodation.
English, French, German fluently
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.
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.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week