Gunesköy Cooperative started in 2000, when 8 of us formed Turkey’s first `environmental cooperative`. We spent months looking for the right land, and in July 2002 we bought 75 000 m2 of `stony land` from the state.

Güneşköy is not yet a living village, nor is it thick with trees. While it has dreams of fully environmental ways of interacting with nature, at the moment we are doing our best, realistic though still not ideal...

Where is Güneşköy?

Güneşköy is 65 km East of Ankara, 15 km South of the town of Elmadağ. It is 3km from the village of Hisarköy, in the province of Kırıkkale, district of Yaşihan. At nearly 1000m altitude, winters are cold (until 2017-8, when winter just never came...) and summers can be very hot, although our dry heat is relatively more bearable than the damp heat of the coast.

Why Güneşköy?

Because we aim to design an example that will be able to inspire people living in villages anywhere in Turkey. That is why we chose to start with poor soil, that we intend to work and enrich using natural ecological means.

Because we hope to show how cooperation between long-term residents of the area and others can benefit everyone: by reducing migration from villages, by using resources more effectively, by sharing information, by mutually supporting each other, by bridging between official sources and those who work the land.

To prove what can be done without quality arable land by developing uncultivated land.

A non-profit cooperative, aiming to demonstrate sustainable ecological alternatives in Central Anatolia. To spread concepts of sustainable living, Güneşköy raises awareness of villagers and city dwellers by raising awareness of each others' needs and contributions, and builds bridges to connect people, by

  • developing farming along ecological principles, using and sharing local seeds.

  • promoting the use of renewable energy resources.

  • building eco-friendly designs with environmentally friendly materials.

  • identifying and using suitable environmentally friendly transportation.

  • Restoring damaged natural environments.

  • Working to re-establish damage natural balances.

  • Promoting effective use of resources, and developing recycling systems

Key Stats.

Year founded


Size of project site

7.5 hectares

Languages spoken

  • Turkish
  • English

People on site

10 - 30

Dry season

June to August

Wet season

December to February

Living Conditions.


  • shared rooms
  • tent camping

Omnivore Food

  • communal kitchen access
  • communally cooked meals
  • over 80% locally sourced


  • None: Off the grid

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