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The Eastern Black Sea Shore Fruit Heritage and Sustainable Living Project

The Eastern Black Sea Shore Fruit Heritage and Sustainable Living Project was started as a long-term endeavor; it was scheduled in two villages in its first year. The project is supported by both the village Mayors and the inhabitants in its two pilot villages of Yolgeçen [Lome] in Arhavi, province of Artvin and Cennet [Ç’ennet’i] in Findikli, province of Rize. The scientists working on the Mugla Fruit Heritage Project have also volunteered their support to this work. Purpose of the Project Reviving and making sustainable the self-sufficient living traditions of the area; Collecting data on the richly varied fruit of the area, known only under their name in the Laz language, in an “Eastern Black Sea Shore Fruit Heritage Data Base”; Expanding the cultivation of these species recorded for the area; Establishing the preservation of fruit varieties in the pilot villages where the project will be running and constituting a “Gola Orchard” in them to revive these fruits; Generating a book to hold all the obtained data; Contributing to the local economy. The Project’s Method The Gola Association will use oral history as its method for this project. Oral history will be obtained by interviewing persons who have witnessed traditional life in the area to collect data for an agricultural history, recorded by audiovisual means. The Project will be supported by persons and institutions with experience in the field. Photographic documentation operations will be organized to observe and record the seasonal variation of the fruits. The stronger elements of the fruit that is losing its special character in our days will be reinforced by generating sturdy fruit tree grafts. The Eastern Black Sea Shore Fruit Heritage and Sustainable Living Project is being conducted with the contribution of scientists like ethnobotanists, food history researchers, linguists or forest engineers, as well as informants residing in the area and Gola volunteers.

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