Although we have acquired the land in 2009, we had to wait till we actually founded the association. That was on the 18th of January in 2010. We have 24 members at one of the extending branches of mythological Mt. Ida in the Northern Aegean Coast of Turkey. We are located in a mountain/forest village.
The fields of the association and members are occupied with traditional and contemporary farming practices working hand-in-hand with the village neighbors sharing the knowledge and experience. While the traditional structure and procedures are being captured and recorded, contemporary applications like sustainable water usage, conservation of the natural resources, compost and mulch production are being delivered to the villagers by leading with example.
Our camp caravan site and mountain house enables us to promote ecological tourism programs to the interested groups including trekking, aqua trekking, photo safari, bird and wild life watching, tractor nature tours and local cuisine workshops with herbs. These programs enable our village to reach the rest of the world.
We also carry the expectation of a reverse immigration towards our village differentiating the products that increases the market value resulting in better prices for a better income to the village households.
As of September 2012 association and members have approximately 75 acres of cultivated land combined. Over three thousand fruit variety and walnut trees are planted. Local wheat selection is being produced with a wide range of vegetables while different species of aromatic and therapeutic plants are being tested and grown to determine the best balance.
We welcome the guests in our mountain house or the village neighbor houses. We can accommodate up to 50 guests for special events like workshops.
Come on over :)
Cooking / shopping
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Help with Computers / internet
daily and seasonal work - vegetable patch, taking care of winged animals, work in the orchards, help with EU projects, attends ecological festivals, seed exchange carnivals, daily and seasonal maintenance, integration with the villagers, working in the organic grain fields, up keeping of the web sites and Facebook, documentation of the activities and likewise.
Volunteers stay at the mountain house has 4 bedrooms. Each room has three beds. If we are not crowded volunteers have their own room. The house is equipped with wireless internet 24/7 hot water, A/C, cable TV and has open kitchen policy that has freezers, oven, stove, microwave, refrigerators. We shop together and cook together. 25 hrs of work per week. 2 weekly off days. Friends are accepted. Social alcohol usage is permitted.
We are located on the skirts of Mt. Ida, the mythological mountain. Troy ancient city ruins, Assos and Canakkale city are in an hour distance. Sea is also 45 minutes away. We are located on the northern Aegean coast of Turkey. Airport and bus terminal are available in Canakkale. Istanbul is 5 hours away. We are in a historic sector of Turkey. A lot to see. Perfect for hiking, trekking, aqua trekking, forest and mountain strolls, bird watching, tree hugging :) off road trails available. Wednesday is off, we go to the public market, Sunday is off for rest and laundry, etc.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week