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Refikler Farm

We started working with the awareness that we are coming from a society that produces oppression, hierarchy, and unfair privileges in order to create a just and an equality-based community. In the spring of 2012, we settled in a land that is 26 kms away from Fethiye (Mugla), in the midst of forest and far away from settlements around.

Although it took a lot of effort to make the field suitable for farming, we have planted a wide variety of medicinal and aromatic plant species, and started construction of shelters. Today, we are cultivating and processing over 100 species of medicinal and aromatic plants. Besides the ones that we are planting in our field, we are also gathering various herbs from wilderness. We also planted, and continue to plant, over 500 trees of over 60 species. 

We have been planting a wide variety of vegetables and fruits of different seasons, in order to provide for our consumption. We cultivate and maintain various perennial plants in the form of bushes and vines. We have vegetables and fruits to eat all around the year. We process the herbs and plants in various forms: we dry fruits including jujube, apple, pear, strawberry, fig, tomato, zucchini. We prepare jams and marmalades, including those of strawberries, figs, apricots, plums, and chilli peppers. In the fall, we prepare pomegranate syrup, bitter orange syrup, and molasses. 

Even though they are quite young trees, over about 350 olive trees provide our need for olives and olive oil. We also dry the herbs (e.g. lavender, oregano, myrtle, will mint) that we collect, and use as spices, extract essential oils, and prepare fixed oils from St. John’s Wort and calendulas. We also help honeybees producing honey of four different types. We constantly maintain, and build as we need, shelters, common areas, and produce processing building. These buildings are made up of wood, earth, and mud brick. We have spaces for tents, and those who volunteer and/or visit, besides those for who stay permanently.


There is a lot to be done, as well as the number of the plants. We stay away from mass production, and will abstain from producing in enormous amounts. We use nothing but manure and compost to enrich the soil. We take serious care to preserve the nature, and not to pollute. We never use pesticides. 

We are in an effort to expand communal life, and a life to erase the artificial boundaries between public and private. We attach big importance to the time that we spend together. We have a social environment that all of us chat and read together. We don't want to plan our labor too much. We don’t do our work in a strictly planned manner, and we perceive the work as an integrated part of our lives. Thus, we don’t have a regular schedule, working hours, nor a working plan. 


We materialize a communal economy, and do not make our income a matter of personal/private enrichment. Rather than planning or construing a division of labor, we care about seeing what needs to be done, taking responsibilities, and making each other aware of the work that is required. We have time that we need to (and we do) work a lot, and the times we work quite loosely. Instead of relying of the reductive nature of division of labor or specialization, we care about life as a whole by putting forward the skill to learn and develop.
We are for making life simple and modest. We don’t want to deal with bookkeeping much. We are in a hurry for keeping our business limited to our acquaintances, and their acquaintances, and those with whom we can have a chat with. We are not in a position of reclusion or ascetism. It is an effort to open the grounds for lives that we have been dreaming of today and here, while making it accessible for whoever wants to accompany. We keep living collectively, “richly,” anonymously. In this path, our doors are open for comradeship (being Refik).

When Can You Visit Refikler Farm ?
Volunteer Guest
Type of Tasks Gardening-Farming,Maintanence,Production/Processing/Packing
Features Local Seed/Traditional Production,Eco-Friendly Architecture,Agriculture/Horticulture/Gardening,Eco-Friendly Energy,Livestock Farming/Beekeping,Eco-Friendly Cleaning,Compost/Recycling