Zeytince Ecological Life Support Association was founded on 31 December 2013 by a group of academicians who are curious about ecological life practices and until now there are 35 registered members. One of the main aims of Zeytince Ecological Life Support Association is to better understand nature and to live up to nature’s ecological life practices. For this purpose, the olive, one of the most important symbols of peace and friendship, which is accepted as one of the common values of civilizations in the region and the common product of the Mediterranean region, olive has been adopted as a symbol of Zeytince’s relationship with nature and that strengthens the bond with production and with the land.
During the first year of the association, in-group training of the members of the association were given an emphasis, and a large number of studies were conducted on this area. Numerous trainings have been organized such as Access to Healthy Food and Healthy Food, Olive’s Chemistry and Components, Olive Oil Tasting Trainings, Pruning and Tightening. Zeytince was also included in the “Olive 2014” program organized by the Aegean Workshop in Nesin Matematik Village in 2014 with the participation of a large number of academicians, researchers and students interested in domestic and international olive issues. In the seminar titled “Olive, Civilization and Sailing” held in Yeni Foça in 2015, the association contributed to teach and learn from the seminar.
In addition to these, in the process of learning about ecological life practices, many NGOs such as Nature School, Buğday Ecological Life Support Association, Marmaris, Adatepe Taş Mektep, Nesin Matematik Village and other associations have been visited and visits have been organized and been participated in the activities organized by these associations. These communities have been a source of inspiration for the creation of Zeytince’s own path.
In the Efes- Mimas Culture Route Project conducted by İzmir Metropolitan Municipality in 2015; the association members worked voluntarily on the formation of “Olive Road” under the coordination of Professor Funda Barbaros and Ertan İplikçi, contributing to the formation of olive inventory of the peninsula region. During the field studies carried out in a total of 75 villages in Selçuk, Seferihisar, Güzelbahçe, Urla, Çeşme and Karaburun provinces, olive trees and traditional olive oil workshops and ancient mills were identified. This work allows Zeytince, who sees herself as a present heir of the ancient societies, to re-question the “human-nature” relation. For members of Zeytince Ecological Life Support Association, getting to know the olive tree, olive tree, traditional and modern production techniques and being in their story has become a learning process in itself.
Within the scope of the Seeds in the Campus project of the Buğday Ecological Life Support Association in 2016, as a result of the efforts of the members of the association and the contacts with the Bugday Association, “Ege Bostan” was founded in Ege University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences with the aim of increasing awareness of the production and consumption processes of the faculty students. . The small garden work still continues. Ege Bostan is run by Professor Funda Barbaros and Res. Assistant Özge Erdölek Kozal.
“Ecological Economics” course included in the curriculum of the Department of Economics of Ege University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences was started to be given by Professor Funda Barbaros from 2016 at both undergraduate and graduate level.
For many years, “Environmental Economics” course in Ege University, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences Department is given by Assoc. Dr. Meneviş Uzbay Pirili at the undergraduate level.
Alp Yücel Kaya from Zeytince Association for the Support of Ecological Lives has been running the Community-Supported Agriculture project at the Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences at Ege University for nearly a year now in the Faculty of Agriculture, which is currently being implemented in healthy food. A producer that meets the criterion of organic farming from Balıklıova comes to faculties on a certain day every week and brings together seasonal vegetables and fruits that he has cultivated, products such as milk, eggs and members of the community supported agriculture group.
Zeytince Association activities are run by a board of directors, advisory board and supervisory board. The Chairman of the Board of Directors changes every year. Association Presidents are in year order: in 2014, Master student Akin Erdogan, in 2015 Assoc. Dr. Dilek Akyalçın Kaya, in 2017, Aykut Uçar. In 2016 and 2018-2019 Özge Yılmaz .