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Farming insider: Gizem Anar, Turkey

About Gizem

Born and raised in Eskişehir, Gizem Anar manages the family farm together with her brother and their father. She spent all of her childhood and youth on the farm. Aside from the hard graft, she also has a keen interest in literature, as revealed by her education – a university degree from a faculty of literature. When she has time, she enjoys reading or going to the cinema.

Farm facts

The Farm in the province in Anatolia, was set up by Gizem´s grandfather 70 years ago, and three generations of the family have worked there since then

Farm size: Around ten hectares of land with 1,200 sheep and goats

Cultivated crops: Corn, barley, turnips and wheat

Tradition: Gizem´s grandfather handed the farm down to the family. Her father has continued to manage the business and will pass it on to his daughter. Eventually, her nephews will take over

People should love what they do, and I love farming. I enjoy looking after animals, plants and nature and try to feel connected to them!
Gizem Anar, Eskişehir

Question time

Why did you decide to become a farmer – and can you picture yourself doing anything else?

People should enjoy the work they do – and I love what I do. I´ve been interested in farming since childhood. Even when I was a little girl, I often used to visit my father at work. These days, I simply enjoy taking care of animals, plants and nature. I try to feel close to them. I wouldn´t want to do anything else.

What do you associate with independence?

For me, freedom means being independent. Being free, being able to do things yourself without having to depend on anybody or report to anyone. If, for example, you work in an office, then you have time limitations you have to adhere to. Here, I can carry out my work according to my own timetable. I keep pace with my own schedule. I think that farming offers more freedom than other professions.

How important are respect and appreciation for you?

As Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, once said: "The real master of Turkey is the farmer." According to Ataturk's words, farmers and agriculture should be respected, since it is farmers who produce and cultivate foodstuffs and supply people in the cities with healthy agricultural produce. Without farmers, there would be no such production.

How do you approach innovations and new technologies?

We have started to use more technology, simply because we have to keep pace with developments so that we don't fall behind either in crop cultivation or livestock farming. For example, we have replaced our sprinkler irrigation system with drip irrigation in order to consume less water – because water is precious. You can't be successful in farming without keeping up with technology.

On the road worldwide. Always closeby.

All farmers have their own character - which is reflected in their way of life, philosophy and the form of farming and livestock breeding. We visited our farmers around the world and wanted to know what makes them successful, what they stand for and what challenges they have to face. A journey across five continents.


Cole Vis, USA

“My wish for the future of the family farm is that it will still be run well in the fifth, sixth, and seventh generation.”


Arco Van Triest, Netherlands

“This farm has been running since 1900, and now my children are here.“


Adem Biçici, Turkey

“When I go out into the fields with my grandson, I see myself reflected in his curiosity.“


Brian Ryberg, USA

“I think the feeling of being part of something greater has always been important to me.“


Šandor Sabo junior, Croatia

“Whatever problems we are facing, we solve them together. For me, family is all about cohesion.“


Atila Sabo, Croatia

“Every morning, my brother and I agree what we want to do during the day, what our duties are. So we share the work and have passed on this structure to our children in the same way.“


Carla, Fábio and José Rossato, Brazil

“I never had any doubts; I never wanted to be anything but a farmer.”


Dimitar Vukudinov, Bulgaria

”Working with your own father means that you always have a wiser man with you to support you and look up to.”


Rodolfo Cura, Argentina

“The farm is everything to me. Working in agriculture is the greatest way to do what I love. For me, the farm means freedom.”


Heidi Verschelde, Belgium

"I think the next generation is showing a keen sense for the importance of nature."


Ievhenii Bondarchuk, Ukraine

"If you want to be a farmer, you can’t learn that in an institute. It’s something you have to be born with."


Luigi Torri, Italy

“I hope my sons will pass on the love and respect for the earth and all the values I taught them.”


Paweł Strzemiecki, Poland

“This love of farming, of the farming tradition, goes back generations in our family.”


Emma F., UK

“It would be great if one day the sixth or seventh generation of our family runs the farm.“


Peter Carlisle, UK

“Teamwork is the most important thing on our farm. Everyone does a little bit of everything. If we weren't a team, our business wouldn't be as successful as it is today.“


Henning & Arne Beecken, Germany

“The feeling of wanting to continue the work on the farm has grown day by day since childhood.“


Emanuele Bortoli, Italy

“Reliability and respect form the foundation for how we deal with one another. These are values I`ve always held in high esteem.“


Francis Bapst, Switzerland

“For me, the most important values are respect for nature, understanding our consumers and food production.”


Toni & Daniel Peterhans, Switzerland

”Spirit and passion are what leads to success, whether it's in farming or on the football pitch.”


Riccardo Casarotto, Italy

”Independence is a dream that we should all cultivate and pursue. Dreams are there to come true and to help you progress.”


Stephan Jansen, Belgium

”I look forward to waking up every day and being able to work with nature.”


Gizem Anar, Turkey

”People should love what they do, and I love farming. I enjoy looking after animals, plants and nature and try to feel connected to them!.”


Adrian Knuchel, Switzerland

”For me, team spirit means being able to live and work together. It means ongoing exchange, taking each other, mutual ideas and suggestions seriously.”


Gürkan Ilhan, Turkey

”People who work in agriculture, cultivating crops, rearing livestock and working on the land, accumulate positive memories day after day.”


René Vermue, Netherlands

”Team spirit and reliability are hugely important in both my personal life and my working life – be it with colleagues, employees, or in dealings with other farmers.”


Henrick Dieckmann, Germany

”For me, it´s important to be sustainable and healthy in what we produce.”

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