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New farm in Kaz Dağları (Ida Mountain) forest. We are in Karaköy/Bayramiç. I am Kerem, the owner of the place and always accompanied by friends. We are currently building our living space, planting trees. We are into natural farming and permaculture and try to apply the principals. We are just starting.
We have built 3 Mongolian style yurts (gers). This is also a project we want to develop and build them for other people to generate income. So we are building more when we have the time to spare.
We pick grapes in september, walnuts and apples in October. Olives in November. Plant trees in December to February. Harvest and process food from march to october. Gardening, landscaping and carpentering/building all year round.
We work around 4-5 hours a day. We avoid hours of strong sun and rainy weather. Work can be hard at times but never long.
Things you should know:
No internet or cell phone coverage. We trek up the hill nearby (about 10 minutes) and there we can check mail and phone.
We have limited electricity. Solar power to charge cell phones and to have lights at night.
Things to bring: Boots or strong shoes apt for the season and for mountain-forest terrain. Raincoats for anytime except summer. Coats and gloves for winter. Insect repellent for summer if you need. There are no poisonous bugs or scorpions, but some mosquitoes in the summer.
There are some snakes around. Some of them possibly venomous. But they don't bother you if you don't bother them and they just slide away.
If you must listen to music on your phone all the time, bring some headphones.
Aide avec des éco-projets
Bricolage et projets de construction
Aide dans une ferme
Permaculture, natural gardening, trees, food forestry, gardening, building with wood
Gardening, tree-planting, yurt-building, fruit-harvesting, woodchopping, ditch-digging and foraging in the forest.
The work can be hard at times but not longer than 4 hours a day. You can have two days off of your choosing every week.
This is not the place if it is your first time at a farm. We are off the grid so just living here is some work on its own. So basic farm and camping skills are required like using a hammer, pick, shovel, axe and saw, cutting/chopping wood, making a fire etc.
Yurts and Tents. Yurts have woodburners in the winter.
The yurt you will be staying is shared. It may be just you or two or three people at times. You can also set up your own tent.
The toilet: The life is not very comfortable nor very hygienic in the mountain. The facilities are makeshift. Building as we go along. But we live happily without any problems. The toilet is a bucket compost toilet. Which means we shit in a bucket filled with sawdust and cover it with more sawdust. Then there is the chore of emptying and cleaning the bucket every other day. This is done in rotation by everybody staying at the place. So will be expected of you also. But you can always skip the compost and use the forest.
There is no toilet paper because we don't use any. So if you can't do without it, you should bring some with you.
Shower and laundry: in the summer it is easy with just a garden hose or in the stream. In the winter we use the shower at an apartment we have rented in Bayramic center. We go there twice a week until we have built something better at the mountain.
We provide the food. We cook it together. Mostly vegetarian, sometimes vegan. Maybe a little meat or fish every once in a while if everybody agrees. We are not strict.
Lots of rivers around to swim in. And mountains to climb
Accès Internet limité
Nous avons des animaux
Nous sommes fumeurs
The road is bumpy and narrow. But I can go up to the place with my own car which is not a 4x4. Camper vans with a high roof may not be able to enter because of the trees blocking the way.
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Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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