Education and Training
Global Farm and Research Center
ECHO's Global Farm trains interns, students and overseas development workers in tropical agriculture and appropriate technologies. The first stage of the project was completed in February 2001 and was finalized in 2004. Guided tours of the Global Village are enjoyed by over 10,000 tourists, local residents, colleges, and church groups each year. Tours are used to educate about agricultural issues in developing countries, while highlighting unique solutions to growing food under harsh conditions.
Areas of the Global Farm
The Global Farm is divided into eight main areas, seven agricultural areas and an appropriate technologies area. Each agricultural area is managed by one of ECHO's interns who spends 14 months cultivating, harvesting, and researching numerous crops, fruit trees, and nutritious food plants. Each area is also used to produce seeds which are ultimately packaged and sent overseas in order to be evaluated as a potential new food crop. Showcased on the various plots are affordable and sustainable farming techniques that also incorporate suitable animals and appropriate technologies.
Click on the links below to learn about each area on our demonstration farm.