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Gönen, Balikesir
All Year: Starting from April
Area (ha):
Persons: 3
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 34562
Country: Turkey

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Last Updated: December 27, 2014

Our ecological art farm is situated at a village at Gönen –Balikesir, 2.5 hours from Istanbul. We are experimenting a natural life, with organic farming and people. We have been living in the farm for 10 years. We are practising artistic activities such as ceramics, painting (oil, watercolor, charcoal, wood painting and photography. We want to turn our farm into a rural center for ecological and artistic activities by sharing and creating. We are going to host a variety of training programs, applied studies and meeting fr various groups about every aspect of ecological and traditional living, artistic creating to accommodate large numbers of people.

We grow over medical herbs, vegetables and fruits over 70 kinds. And also we are doing horticulture / gardening with various types of flowers.

Type of Tasks :

- Wood works (we plan to build new wooden houses and fence in our land. It'll be perfect if our volunteer have practiced about this type of work)

- Garden tasks (During the all year, we are preparing/ cleaning our field and sow vegetables and fruits)

- Maintanence (As a new project, we plan to create a natural pool in our inner garden. If anyone knows how to implement recirculation system with water pomps, it would be perfect)

- Housework

Crop:Pepper,tomato,artichoke,zucchini ,pomegranate,aubergine,grape,olive,olive oil, fig, apple, sunflower, almond, plum, bean, rose, carob, carrod, melon, broccoli, mulberry, strawberry etc.

For the winter/spring vegetables and spices: Artichokes, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Black Kale, Red Kale, Brussel Sprouts, Celery, Chard, Beets, Carrots, Leeks, Mallow, Nettle, Coriander, Thyme, Sage, Mint, Dill, Flax seed, Fennel, Radish, Watercress, Rocket, Onion, Garlic, Parsley, Lettuce...

For the summer/autumn vegetables and spices: Echineachea, Lavender, Rosemary, Pink tomoto and other varieties of tomato, Cucumber varieties, Pepper varities, Eggplant, Zucchini varities, Acur, Basil, Purslane...

We are doing lots of different activites at the farm such as :

- bread and jam (cherry, apricot, strawberry) making
- cooking (local and traditional dishes such as circassian chicken, mushroom with cheese,patty, pancakes, yoghurt (from oak, sheep and cow milk), couscous, different type of kebabs, meatball, sarmale (dolma) various dishes, etc.) tomate paste and pickle making
- needle and lace jobs
- watercolor and charcoal painting, ceramics
- wood painting

Leisure Activities : Cycling,Forest,Hiking, Walking Tours, Swimming, Horsing,Fishing, Spa at thermal water, watching movies, artistic activities

We are willing live and share a life with volunteers who will boost up our motivation and also create something new and good. Volunteers have the possibility to collaborate on the farm with their labor, knowledge and experience for the duration of their stay.

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