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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 resilience;and we have to restore ,regenerate and keep these less fragile all first!!!We are willing to evolve our business into a more ecological ,soil caring 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 beef farmer,artist,worm manure producer 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/marketed through the doorstep delivery network,accommodation partially 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!
Types of help and learning opportunitiesLanguage practiceHelp with Eco ProjectsGardeningDIY and building projectsAnimal CareFarmstay helpCreating/ Cooking family mealsHelp around the houseHospitality/TourismGeneral Maintenance
UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve
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
a platform where you could contribute with your own talent and feel useful
By visiting our farm you can learn;
natural building and design
soil health and efforts for resilience
The main help required are;
5 hours a day Max.
lots of cleaning-manure scraping,
helping with milking
taking cattle groups out to pasture
combing the cows
filling milk bottles
garden related work
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.
-there is internet access at the office for you
-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:once a week I cook;rest 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
-two days off
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 30 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
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Space for parking camper vans
This host can provide space for campervans.
How many Workawayers can stay?
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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It was great hosting you at the farm.The baby calves are still missing you.You are such an inspiration to be so productive at your age.After hosting you; I can easily say, age doesn't matter if the soul is young.You are such a young soul.All the best further on your journey.
Aysun is a very charming person and made my stay enjoyable. I can't way to come… read more
Are wonderful hosts, they are hard working, kind, generous and wise. They run a well organised and very clean farm. Their cows and calves are well looked after well feed. Aysun is a wonderful cook as well.
Volunteers are made to feel welcome and part of farm life right from the beginning. Aysun explains not just about the farm… read more
They gave me the chance to write a checkout letter, and as I am not that kind of person who express their emotions easily, that was a very nice way to do it.
And as I write on my letter, wake up at 5.30 am on sunday for the milking process, was for me much more… read more
we will miss you beautiful soul;we will miss how you touched our soil,cows and how your eyes see the farm.
I will pray for all the other nice souls to host you on your way!
...lets stop here.
If you get here, you will feel like home.
If you get here, you will learn many things. SO many.
If you get here, you will feel like a family member.
And, whats most important, if you leave… read more
You are so very much loved and missed :) Any person to host Zahra shall be prepared for a generous smile,uniqueness,confidence and colorful vision.It was very nice hosting you my dear,all the best further on your journey!
Aysun you are such an inspiration, you and your farm, your cows are beautiful and I like to say thanks to all the workers on the farm how lets me feel like a family.
You give me courage and will to continue work with animals,
I miss the cows,
Thanks for everything!
Aysun and Mehmet are remarkable people, and welcoming and gracious hosts. Every weekend, without fail, I was invited into their home to enjoy their company, and incredible… read more
Thank you Aysun & Mehemet for have received us at home every time with so much love, thank you for leave… read more
But I can really really recommend this workaway- you will leave feeling refreshed by the calm, unhectic and deeply fulfilling way of life on the farm.
The care and support Aysun and Mehmet provide was exemplary, the food delicious, and I looked forward to the company on… read more
Harmony will be defining you :) It is not always easy for a traveller to come and adopt in short notice however with Dori we didn't sense it not a single day.She was flowing right from the very beginning.Very easy going,hardworking,great to create joy especially with dance!
Her value is to make others happy.
You are such a big heart,we… read more
The other volunteers definitely make the experience what it is! You meet people from all over and I… read more
It is a unique experience, you learn so much in many ways. If you have time, please make sure you come to this… read more
volunteers makes everyday lively, interesting, sometimes frustrating because I wish I could
understand more but the language barrier is a door to other communication.
the 8100 program, and the vision to make the farm more
sustainable and ecological… read more
I asked her what she would enjoy the most;and she replied Im great at doing nothing!For someone working 7 24 365 like me this was something I needed to learn how to!She then said:for example I love ironing;in a workaway host where I had to iron 5 hours a day;it was fun-because you could simply do nothing while ironing :)) I… read more
The atmosphere is great and all the other volunteers and staff are very nice people.
I absolutely loved spending time taking care of the cows, I will really miss them! <3
Thanks for everything,… read more
I wish my time there was longer, 15 days wasn't enough.
I hope to see you all again next summer!!
P.S. if you go there make sure to tell them… read more
When I was there I learn to be more respectful to every living created and love them. It's the perfect place to work and to know local culture and hospitality. I do really sorry… read more
Enjoyable works, lovely cows, amazing people, çok güzel süt ve yoğurt , and Aysun's super tasty dinner. I miss everything of the farm sooooooo much!! Definitely I want to come back here again. And I wish the best to Aysun &… read more
Wow you inspire me. I love what you're trying to achieve with the farm and I have every faith that you will be very successful.
It was a truly wonderful experience to work with your cows and help you're lovely hardworking team. The accommodation is perfect and The food cooked by Aysun and Chemile is amazing.
I truly wish… read more
Anyone who is reading about this workaway and debating whether or not to go - Stop right there!
I guarantee that you will LOVE every second you are on the farm.
I spent two months on the farm, and it… read more
It may be a bit of little hard work for some people, but for me it is one of those things that made it more fun and enjoyable. I'm gonna miss everyone I met… read more
Thank you for joining in with our team.
Your open heart and joyful attitude will always be remembered :)
Hope to see you again;all the best further on your journey.
Thank you very much for allowing me to stay in your beautiful farm. I really enjoyed my stay in Istanbul. It was the best experience for me as a volunteer. I learned a lot from you, from the cows, from the workers and from my co-volunteers as well. The foods and the cow's milk are so delicious.
I… read more
The farm was like a mother, we were children which were growing in front of… read more
Did you ever have a feeling or a moment in time where you realise exactly what you want to do in life? I had that here. Not in one moment but spread over the entire 2 months I spent there. I had the opportunity to become involved intensely in the running and day to day. But I had time to really get… read more
Se is a precious value and will be missed a lot back here at the farm!
It was treating milking,scraping with you-all the best further on your journey dear.
Aysun is an angel and an absolutely incredible host. She loves her volunteers almost as much as she loves her cows and is an inspiration to me.
The employees are fun and nice and helpful and although they speak very little… read more
Their efforts and contribution to the farm will very much be missed.Very hard working , organized manners every time adding an artistic touch to whatever they do.
Guys; you have a long journey,I look… read more
Thanks for all the nice feedback.We are also very thankful to your contribution.My father always complains that there is too much discipline and fewer fun in the farm.You absolutely changed this!Your role has been the harmony and joy for us!We are very glad you made it to the farm.All the best further on your journey.
The foggy chilly mornings are amazing, the air so pure, so much love going on in the farm, the cows and the staff are all so friendly and the landscape is something to keep in mind forever.
About… read more
First of all, I'd like to say thank you to Aysun, Mehmet, all the other volunteers and staff for making this an amazing and unforgettable experience. I've had such an amazing time, and I'll be back for sure.
I've learned so much. About… read more
You have to work hard, but you get so much in exchange. The love from the cows and calves, the perfect accommodation ( clean, cosy and nice) and the delicious food ( especially cooked by Aysun or Cemile).
I felt very welcome from the first day on and the only thing to… read more
If I would like to have another sister;I wish her to be Katie
If I would like have another son;I wish him to be Simon
If I would like to have a daughter;I wish her to be Katie
Calling Katie and Simon either one by one as individuals or a couple together as a volunteer is so… read more
This was my first time working with animals but i quickly learnt about many tasks.
The job is "hard", but in the evening you will feel very satisfacted when you have dinner with your new friends.
There is so much to do that you'll never feel lonely or useless.
The… read more
Aysuns passion for the cows is infectious and I ended up staying for two months, when originally I was only planning a stay of a few weeks, also I will never look at a cow in the same way!
The work is sometimes physically hard and… read more
As some volunteers mentioned, actually I did hard working at this daily farm. But other than that, everything was awesome.
Here is one of the most beautiful place in the world, specially sunset.
Food was very tasty, specially served by Aysun.
And the best thing for me was to stay… read more
If you are reading this right now, it means you are evaluating the possibility of volunteering at Aysun and Mehmet's farm. I want to grab your attention because as another traveler, I think we should all share our little tips and good advice to have the greatest of journeys. So here is the top recommendation of mine; just grab… read more
Megan had it all!And not only for cows but also with us as well.I admired her discipline to organize yoga classes on her off time;she definitely is very valuable to whomever gets to live with!
All the best :)
It is an ideal balance of hard (but not too hard) physical work, great atmosphere in the volunteers house, caring attitude from the hosts, immerse amount of learning. Very positive and inspiring as a way to see how… read more
I'm more than thankful with Aysun,… read more
He became family;and definitely added value to our farm.
Anyone who hosts Leo shall get ready for a nice brother!
How Do I even begin, Firstly thank you so much for taking me onto your farm for a whole month. This was my first work away experience and I couldn't have asked for better. I knew next to nothing about cows before I arrived but Aysun's staggering enthusiasm for cows was both educational and infectious. I… read more
I don't really know anything about dairy farming, so I feel I didn't help as much as I should have, but Anne… read more