VOLKAN ÖZKESICI, THE FOUNDER & CEO OF GARDEN PARADISE SEEDS
HOW IT ALL STARTED: FROM A LITTLE GARDEN IN TURKEY… TO A WORLD AS A PARADISE
As a German child growing up with his mother’s thoughts about nature and learning to nurture the plants as children of their little garden, Volkan would watch mother nature bloom also in his grandparents’ garden in Turkey. Visiting them every year, his little eyes grew with the seeds they’d planted.
One weekend at his young age, his grandfather took him to a Turkish bazaar, and they sold his first harvest. He couldn’t believe the cycle of nature – giving, taking, and giving back. He had earned his first pocket money with his own two hands, and the most exciting part was that he did that by taking care of nature. He realised then that he doesn’t need to ‘work’ for a living; he just needs to take care of this planet and it will take care of him. It’s the circle of life, and we must feed back into the ground we eat of.
THE BUSINESS WORLD CAN HELP OUR MOTHER NATURE
This line of thinking got him into progressive jobs of the developed world, and he rose to successful positions, including a hotel industry expert, and finally a Business Merchant assistant at an American company in Ireland. He had lived the life of many inspiring individuals, rising to the top day by day. However, during his travels around Europe while still actively visiting his Turkish roots, Volkan noticed something was wrong with his mother nature. Something was draining her out of energy and she was becoming paler with each year.
Growing up into the business world, Volkan travelled through Iceland, Poland, England, and finally Ireland, seeing the world taking a dangerous turn and people turning their heads into ignorance. Scared that the gardens such as the one at his grandparent’s house would disappear from this planet, making it an inhabitable place for all living beings, Volkan decided to do something about it. His passion for this profession had to become more than just a hobby – he had to act quickly to save the nature.
FROM A GREEN OFFICE DESK TO A GREENER FUTURE
Painting his office desk in green, overlooking the actions of humanity on the greenery outside his window, Volkan got an idea. He thought about those childhood days when he planted various fruits and vegetables in his grandparents’ garden, and how excited he got observing the germinal process. A Eureka moment hit him – why not give others a piece of this garden, a seed of their own paradise that they can all grow into their own beautiful gardens?
Equipped with the working knowledge of business and a strong academic background, Volkan decided to take this matter into his own hands – just like he did as a child, earning his first pocket money from a fruitful harvest that warmed up his heart. He had what it takes, and he was still only 29 years old, with a lifetime of opportunities to right the wrong that’s been done to the roots of humanity, our selflessly giving nature.
GROW YOUR OWN
Volkan bit into an apple he bought in a supermarket and with it, he got a taste of the plastic world most people nowadays live in. Then he walked into his small garden where his mother used to teach him about all the benefits of your own, fresh plants that provide you with shelter, the fresh air that your lungs long for, and medicine for whenever he felt under the weather. Whatever ill state this world would put him in, his mother knew just what to pick from their garden to make his troubles go away.
Volkan bit into an apple from this garden and all the sensations of a wonderful universe connected his essence to nature. This is what life should taste like, he thought. This stress-free, relaxing meditation anyone can enjoy in their own home every sunny or rainy morning is what he decided to give to the people of his community. The gift of nature was the gift he wanted to share with the world.
We don’t need to walk into supermarkets and buy chemicals and pesticide filled fruits; we can make our own little paradise in the fresh environment of our own home. And one home at a time, we can make the world fresh again. This is what made Volkan leave the world of business as he knew it and start his own company that will provide people with a meaningful life.
GARDEN PARADISE SEEDS MISSION
Natural disasters like environmental pollution, global warming, floods, drought, cyclone, earthquakes, and the like, are becoming an integral part of our lives. Now, more than ever, the need to motivate people to sow at least one seed in their own garden can bring us all a world of paradise. That’s why Volkan started Garden Paradise Seeds, a company whose sole mission is the development and nurture of nature in our society.
By growing flowers, fruits, herbs, and vegetables in everyone’s garden, Garden Paradise Seeds offers all kinds of usual and rare seeds to any keen eye.
MORE THAN GARDENING – BRINGING COMMUNITIES TOGETHER
In our growingly alienated society, Volkan wants to remind people that bringing communities together is an important social factor, as it is important for individual mental health. And by caring for the plants in each other’s garden, this initiative gives entire families a chance to work together, as well as neighbours joining in on the activity and exchanging fruits of their harvests.
So if you’d like to join this incredible and growing network of carers of mother nature, support this cause by coming on a journey with Garden Paradise Seeds and help turn this world into a paradise.
Sow seeds, be wise!
Let's make this World a Paradise!