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In general it sounds simple: buy your own property, dig little bit deeper into gardening, make an account on workaway, invite young volunteers who are realizing your dream and after a while you might reach whatever you are striving for. But is it that simple? In Turkey we’ve met Bahadir Bahar, a 34 years old primary school teacher, who just started to realize his dream of a small organic farm, where people can come, meet and share their experiences. But how did he make it? We asked Bahadir some questions to share his background, how he realized his small organic farm and what does it take to make everything applicable. We hope this one can help you to start with your own project.

In general it sounds simple: buy your own property,

dig little bit deeper into gardening, make an account

on workaway, invite young volunteers who are realizing

your dream and after a while you might reach

whatever you are striving for. But is it that simple?

In Turkey we’ve met Bahadir Bahar, a 34 years old

primary school teacher, who just started to realize

his dream of a small organic farm, where people can

come, meet and share their experiences. But how did

he make it? We asked Bahadir some questions to share

his background, how he realized his small organic farm

and what does it take to make everything applicable. We

hope this one can help you to start with your own project.

What is ecotourism?

Ecotourism is a way of alternative tourism that

focuses on responsible small scale tourism

which sustains the well-being of the local people.

The idea is to minimize impacts on the environment

and on the same way it educates to

build environmental and cultural awareness.

Sima and Julian: “Hello Bahadir how are you?”

Bahadir: “Thanks guys, I am fine.”

Julian: “Why did you want to have an eco farm?”

Bahadir: “Well I was always interested in nature and

organic food. If you buy something from the market

or wherever, you oftentimes don‘t know where it

really comes from. So I decided to produce my own

natural food without any additives like chemicals.

Basically it was my dream and way of living my life,

with pure nature, natural healthy food a slow life with

all of my friends. I got the idea that with having a eco

farm, I can meet up with people who got similar ideas.”

Sima: ”For how long have you been doing this? ”

Bahadir: “I started the project 4 years ago when I

bought the land. Honestly, for the first time I had

the project on my mind 12 years ago. I was planning,

collecting ideas and gathering informations

about vegetables and how a permaculture works,

which was not popular at that time here in Turkey.

Now it becomes more popular in Turkey.”

Overview of some buildings of the farm.

Julian: “Was it easy to implement everything?”

Bahadir: “No, it wasn‘t so easy after I bought the land

but once you believe in something and take the first

step, then it starts. When you start with a team it‘s a

lot easier. If you are alone and just by yourself, it is

way more difficult. You have to coordinate yourself,

nothing is scheduled, you have to manage everything

by yourself. I could just work for the project on the

weekend because of my job.“


Sima: “What was the biggest challenge?”

Bahadir: “I think the construction of the houses.

I made a contract with the woodmen, they never

made the things on time. I had lots of issues with

people, because you have to manage everything to

make things on point. Everyone wants just money,

which is a basic problem in Turkey. Sometimes

they had a 5 month delay to finish something. “

Sima: “Do you have any suggestions for others?”

Bahadir: “The location is very important. You have

to know who your neighbours are, you might learn

a lot from them or might have to face compromises

to keep a healthy connection to them. It is very important

to have access and enough fresh water on

your piece of land.”

Julian: “Why do you use workaway?”

Bahadir: “It is nice to meet people from all over the

world, to learn different point of views, it is inspiring.

Workaway gives you the chance to meet people

from all around the world, it strengthens the

cultural exchange. Many people who came have

similar projects or even want to develop those,

because here they learn how it works in practise

and may combine or learn about the difficulties for

their own projects.”

Beeboxes to keep the bees as helpful pollinators.

Bahadir: “The volunteers who came here helped me a lot.

The colombians for example made a pathway and a small

road, the french guys helped me with the production of

wine and with painting. I mean two weeks of volunteering

here is not enough to maintain everything. Especially

in summer, because it was super hot during the day so

you just have a short time frame to work on something.”

Sima: “How do you finance this project?”

Bahadir:“Yeah, my salary was definitely not enough, you

can not make this with just 900 € in a month. So I got

support by my family. I think you get the money back in

some years with eco tourism.

Sima: “Can you live self-sufficient or do you have to buy

any externalities from the market for example?”

Bahadir: “No not really. So for example exotic fruits or

beer i buy at the market, since now I am also not producing

my own milk so this will be an upcoming task.”

Julian: “Where do you see yourself and the project in the

future?”

View on his wooden houses to accomondate volunteers and

guests.

Julian: “What about support, do you got any support

by someone? How much was workaway involved

in that procedure?“

Bahadir: “I am at the beginning now, I have to learn much

more. In nature you learn so many new things, you defenitely

feel yourself more alive. You consume your own

products and then replant them for the next generation,

it‘s like a circle. This makes you really calm. What I miss

here is to share everything with someone, like my own family.

Anyways in the future I want to combine teaching ,

with my gardening project to show how important nature

is and that we are all able to produce our own food.”


Julian : “Looking back, if you would start your project

today, what would you do differently?”

Bahadir: ”I travelled to some farms, I could have travelled

more to other places and farms which would

have made stuff more easier. I would have loved to gain

a deeper knowledge about how to run a garden from

others, but this is something no one will teach you. Of

course it takes much of practise and the real live shows

you where the boundaries are, but I think it is important

to share this knowledge. Especially because the majority

of people here in Turkey think that you should start

with gardening when you retire and that it is impossible

to start gardening before.“

Finally we asked Bahar what makes his project “casa do

sol” so special and why people should come to his place?

He just answered:

“Everything starts by dreaming. People feel so calm and

relax here by being in the pure nature, this makes it special

for me.”

Simple sheme to show the relation between bees and the bee

keeper.

In just four years, nearby Cesme in Turkey, Bahar developed a beautiful

eco farm on a small hill next to the mediterranean sea. With

a total size of 15000 square metres, having four stone houses and 4

wooden houses for hosting volunteers, friends and people around

the world who are interested to learn more about a nature connected

and self sufficient life, Bahar has definitely created his dream on

this piece of land. Still under construction he already hosts 100 olive

trees which he uses to produce his own olive oil. He accommodates

80 different fruit trees and produces almost 15 different types

of vegetables. He is keeping his own bees, chickens and of course

producing his own vine. Nowadays he is almost able to live completely

self sufficient just because a small idea in his mind became

to growth.

We wish you all the best Bahar, thank you for

eveything, we will definitely come back to your

lovely project one day. To get further informations

about his project and how to visit check out links

below:

workaway:

https://www.workaway.info/

Email:

evrimbahar@yahoo.com

Bahadir Bahar who developed this project.

Instagram:

https://www.instagram.com/agroturizm_baharbahce/

Julian, Sima and Sven.

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