We are in the heart of the Ida Mountains in Turkey. Our project is in a protected and peacefull green area, at the edge of a national park.
Our project is still at its beginning. We are building step by step a place where we want to live free, be creative, improve our sense of well-being and acquire more knowledge altogether. One of the main goals is to do all of this without compromising the environment, and by respecting Nature. We want to give people the opportunity to rediscover their roots, to be able to interact again with Nature.
This is a project managing fourtyfive square meter of uncontaminated and prime agricultural land, in the Ida mountains (South of Canakkale, Turkey)
Our ultimate goal is to build a long term residence for the member of our community, we also aim to diversify into agriculture, food processing, education...Permaculture is of course one of our main inspiration, through which we will preserve and support biodiversity. We also plan to create a sustainable system that will be able to promote regional development (promoting local production through an environmentally friendly agriculture).
We rely on renewable energy & we focus on ecological architecture.
Our trees in the fields are mainly apple and cherry ones (we made a lot of vinegar, molasses, juices last year!). But we plan to diversify the lands as soon as possible . As our project is still in its early stages, we still have a lot of construction to do ! Cobwood houses etc...
Among our 4 legged friends, 2 shepherd dogs (one Kangal and one Akbas) & we have some but want to host more chickens.
We are looking for volunteers in order to help us in our house constructions (cobwood & wooden houses),and to keep going with other constructions or any kind of needed furniture, but also for people to help with the animal cares, with all kind of gardening tasks, harvesting, food processing and the application of permaculture in our fields...
People of the project speak french, english, turkish and german. We have two person right now living there all year around and the other partners keeps coming and going, as well as our project friends that are coming to help when they can.
About the surrounding area :
The first village is 6 kilometers away, the first town (Bayramic) is about 50 kilometers away.
There is a big food market in Bayramic every wednesday.
We are about 1hour and half from the North-Aegan cost, and from the famous island Bozcaada.
How to come to us :
- by bus from Istanbul
- by plane from Istanbul or Edremit airport (closest one)
- by car if one of our team member is coming from Istanbul, we can easily arrange something :)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
We have two main friends living in the farm, and the rest of the team is always trying to be around.
There are more then 10 partners of the project, some of them who regularly come on the project site helping &working. There are so many cultures & languages to experience, plus so many topics to speak about ;)
We all come from different backgrounds and did various activities.
You could also learn some about how to cook delicious healthy food with us (we had a restaurant in Istanbul and we all think food is our medicine!), you will be able to learn more about turkey, organic food processing and so on... !
We have to plant seeds and trees, to help with constructions, wood furnitures, to help harvesting fruits and plants, to give a hand during food processing, to help cooking meals with us, as well as to keep on with the animal daily cares (for dogs and chickens at the moment..
General maintenance, gardening, cleaning are also among our daily activities.
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About the accomodation : We have a really big Yurt where you can share space with other volunteers ( Update : it got broken this winter - we are currently fixing it!)
You can of course bring your own tent (best solution in summer to keep cool during the night). In cold season or bad weather times, volunteers will be welcome to stay in the cob wood house of course!
We all participate to the meals preparations and eat together! You might be lucky to taste some of the best products from the area.
We wake up early everyday to work before the sun starts to shine tooo much, then we eat and rest a bit, and start again working when the sun gets less strong :)
The area is really green, really peaceful.
The closest village is 10 minutes away by car. And the nearest town is 40 kilometers away. We often go to the big market taking place there on wednesdays.
During hot season, there are plenty of small natural Jacuzzi in the near water streams.
We have internet (limited).
We have solar powered electricity.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week