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On a hillside orchard in Blairsville, a team of UGA researchers is creating a “Noah’s Ark” of forgotten Southern apples

A team of UGA researchers is creating a “Noah’s Ark” of forgotten Southern apples

Today, the orchard is home to 140 heirloom varieties, grown from wood cuttings snipped from trees found in niche orchards, rural backyards, and other sources across the Southeast—two trees of each, or “a Noah’s Ark of Southern apples,” as both Fuder and Mihm describe it. The work has yielded not just a cache of apple trees but also of oral histories from across the state.

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