Get Into Gardening 2016
Oct
1
9:00 am09:00

Get Into Gardening 2016

  • ECHO Global Nursery

Get into gardening on October 1, 2016 at ECHO's Global Nursery and Bookstore.  From 9 am to 3 pm this event will feature workshops for both new and experienced gardeners.  Workshops will be offered free of charge.

Educational workshops will focus on ways to grow food in our own backyards using practical/simple gardening techniques and over 90 varieties of fruit trees and edible plants that grow in Florida’s warm climate. 

Take part in free tropical gardening workshops such as Forest Gardening, Edible Landscaping, Gardening in SW Florida, Container Gardening, Backyard Beekeeping, Tropical Fruit Grafting, and more. 

Our regularly scheduled guided tour of ECHO's Global Demonstration Farm will also be available at 9:30 am, 11:30 am, and 12:30 pm. 

“The Tropical Fruit Nursery is a training tool, a living classroom, for students, interns and guests, but it is also a service to the community,” remarks President/CEO, David Erickson. “We hope that through this event the community will be able to provide more affordable foods for their families, even from their own backyards”.

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
Nov
15
Nov 17

ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016

This year marks the 23rd Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL!  We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

Conference accommodation and meeting rooms for morning and evening sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (http://www.cpfortmyers.com/) in the Bell Tower district of Fort Myers. Afternoon workshops and demonstrations will be held at the 55-acre ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, which has one of the largest collections of tropical fruits and vegetables in the United States. 


Family Fun Farm Tours
Jul
30
10:00 am10:00

Family Fun Farm Tours

Join us on July 16th & 30th for special tours of the ECHO Global Farm. Tours will be led by certified docents who specialize in sharing ECHO's mission with kids ages 8-12. 

Families will participate in supplemental activities that teach how all the resources in the world are shared, and what amount of the earth's surface is usable for food production. Special discussion questions will help you contextualize world poverty and food security in ways your child will understand, making your family a stronger force for good in the world. 

Tickets are $30 per family*, or $12.50 per adult and $6 per child ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. 

Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 239.567.3301

Picnic pavilion is also available for a lunch surrounded by bamboo trees. (Lunch not provided) 

*Applies to parents and accompanying children under 18 years of age.

Family Fun Farm Tours
Jul
16
10:00 am10:00

Family Fun Farm Tours

Join us on July 16th & 30th for special tours of the ECHO Global Farm. Tours will be led by certified docents who specialize in sharing ECHO's mission with kids under 12. 

Families will participate in supplemental activities that teach how all the resources in the world are shared, and what amount of the earth's surface is usable for food production. Special discussion questions will help you contextualize world poverty and food security in ways your child will understand, making your family a stronger force for good in the world. 

Tickets are $30 per family*, or $12.50 per adult and $6 per child ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free. 

Space is limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance by calling 239.567.3301

Picnic pavilion is also available for a lunch surrounded by bamboo trees. (Lunch not provided) 

*Applies to parents and accompanying children under 18 years of age.

ECHO's Global Food and Farm Festival
Mar
19
9:00 am09:00

ECHO's Global Food and Farm Festival

For 25 years, ECHO has been host to Southwest Florida’s premier festival focusing on sustainable living, agriculture, and food. Partnering with local organizations and businesses, ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Festival has provided thousands of attendees with the opportunity to taste exotic foods, experience life in a foreign country, and explore the Global Farm, learning about food and culture in a new way.

Spend the day at our 50-acre Global Farm and tour a tropical rainforest demonstration, the 300+ variety seed bank, take an educational tour of the fruit tree arboretum, or learn about alternative energies as they are demonstrated in the appropriate technology area! Kids of all ages can taste, touch, and experience their way around the world as they learn about world hunger and ways they can make an impact!

Tickets are just $5.00 per person, 10 and under are free if purchased in advance. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for $7.00 per person, 10 and under free.

Event website: http://www.echonet.org/food-and-farm-festival

Purchase tickets: https://app.etapestry.com/cart/ECHOInc/default/index.php

We invite you to join us for an amazing day!

Apr
20
Apr 24

Health, Agriculture, Culture, & Community- April 2015

Audience:

This workshop is for MedSend qualified applicants only.  It is designed for Christian health, agriculture, and community development professionals who work with rural and urban communities internationally or in the US whose health and nutrition conditions are below standard to motivate community leaders to take the initiative in improving the health and nutrition of their people. All classes are conducted in ENGLISH ONLY.

Registration:

Registration Deadline two weeks before workshop

Anyone needing a visa in order to attend any of our courses must have their visa in place at least 30 days prior to the start of the class. This policy is required in order to allow sufficient time for processing applications and to give individuals that might be on our waiting list ample time to make travel arrangements.

Course Fee: $595

Details:

Registration and introductions begin at 8:00 am Monday the week of the workshop.

Workshop sessions last from 8 to 5 daily with a early noon dismissal on Friday. There is wireless internet access on campus.

Most people travel by plane, arriving into the Fort Myers airport (RSW) Sunday afternoon or evening and leaving Friday after 6:30 pm or Saturday morning. ECHO is not able to provide airport transportation. We recommend MBA Airport Transportation (239) 482-2777.

For those coming by car, click here for directions to ECHO .

 

The Importance of Community Health

Many common health problems around the world come from unhealthy behavior. Motivating people to make behavioral changes is difficult because the roots of behavior are in culturally determined beliefs and values. The arena for promoting behavioral changes is in dialogue about the cultural values and beliefs that underlie behavior. An understanding of cultural anthropology and the practice of cross-cultural communication is essential for successful motivation of changes in community development, and behavior related to health, nutrition, and agriculture.The biblical world view provides fundamental principles of health and healthy behavior and gives core cultural values important for community development. This workshop will bring together biblical principles of health and agriculture, cross-cultural methods of communication, and skills in establishing relationships that facilitate behavioral changes for the improvement of health and nutrition. It is excellent preparation for an inter-cultural ministry of transformational development.

Goal of the Workshop – Empowering People to Improve their Own Health

The workshop will enable Christian health and community development personnel to help people improve their own health, agriculture, and nutrition through understanding and applying scientific, biblical and culturally appropriate principles, and making behavior changes necessary for transformational development.

Objectives of the workshop

1. List basic principles of community health.

2. Identify obstacles to community development and to changing health-related behavior.

3. List cultural values for improving health, nutrition, and community development.

4. Describe principles and practical applications of cross-cultural communication.

5. Describe effective strategies for community development and for changing nutrition and health-related behavior.

6. Describe principles and strategies of non-formal participatory adult education for health.

7. Describe the organization and application of primary health care strategies.

8. Describe principles of working with community leadership in health and development activities.

9. Describe principles of integrated community development and cooperation between all sectors of development.

10. Observe demonstrations of high impact foods.

11. Practice simple methods of growing nutritious foods.

Schedule of Activities

This schedule is currently under review and may not reflect the content of the April course.

Monday 
8:00 – 8:30 Introduction and getting acquainted
8:30 – 9:30 Principles, problems, and practice of community health
9:30 – 10:30 Tower of Babel – what does this teach us about development?
10:30 – 11:30 The rationale for community health – Why do it?
11:30 – 12:30 Cultural values that favor development
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Cultural values and how to transmit them
2:45 – 4:45 Introduction to ECHO and Global Farm 

Tuesday 
8:00 – 9:00 The dynamics of culture – how it works
9:10 – 10:10 Starting a community health program
10:20 – 11:20 Changing health-related behavior in another culture – the Mayoko story
11:30 – 12:30 Changing health-related behavior in another culture – the Mayoko story
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Finishing the Mayoko story
2:45 – 4:45 PM Let’s Restore Our Land

Wednesday 
8:00 – 9:00 Impact of culture and why we must understand this for health programs
9:10 – 10:10 Animism and traditional tribal values in health and development
10:20 – 11:20 Key cultural values in Genesis 1 – 3 and why they are important
11:30 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 Participatory assessment of community health problems
1:30 – 2:30 Participatory search for solutions
2:45 – 4:45 PM Overview of Appropriate Technologies at ECHO

Thursday 
8:00 – 9:00 Adult non-formal education – what it is
9:10 – 10:10 Adult non-formal education methods
10:20 – 11:20 Adult non-formal education - examples
11:30 – 12:30 Urban health
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 Organizational structures and how they influence development
2:45 – 4:45 PM Perennial Vegetables for the Tropics

Friday 
8:00 – 9:00 Nehemiah as an example of planning and management
9:10 – 10:10 Cross cultural issues in management
10:20 – 11:20 Dealing with demography and population growth
11:30 – 12:30 Nutrition
12:30 – Dismissal
 

 

Contact:

For questions or comments, email study@echonet.org

ECHO's Global Food and Farm Festival 2015
Mar
21
9:00 am09:00

ECHO's Global Food and Farm Festival 2015

  • ECHO Global Farm

Also known as "Farm Day".

For 23 years, ECHO has been host to Southwest Florida’s premier festival focusing on sustainable living, agriculture, and food. Partnering with local organizations and businesses, ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Festival has provided thousands of attendees with the opportunity to taste exotic foods, experience life in a foreign country, and explore the Global Farm, learning about food and culture in a new way.

Spend the day at our 50-acre Global Farm and tour a tropical rainforest demonstration, the 300+ variety seed bank, take an educational tour of the fruit tree arboretum, or learn about alternative energies as they are demonstrated in the appropriate technology area! Kids of all ages can taste, touch, and experience their way around the world as they learn about world hunger and ways they can make an impact!

Tickets are just $5.00 per person, 10 and under are free if purchased in advance. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for $7.00 per person, 10 and under free.

We invite you to join us for an amazing day!

Mar
8
Mar 14

Training Seminar in Natural Medicine

REAP Kenya
A cordial invitation to attend a Training Seminar in Natural Medicine
To be held at the Mary Ward Centre in Karen, Nairobi, 
4.00 p.m. on Sunday 8 March – 2 p.m. on Saturday 14 March 2015


Please reply to Mrs Anne Sigei, Email reap@maf.or.ke 
REAP, P.O. Box 21083, Ngong Road, Nairobi, 00505, Kenya
For more information about anamed, see www.anamed.net 
And for more information about REAP, see http://reap-eastafrica.org/reap 
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Introduction: 

REAP and anamed regularly conduct seminars in Kenya, in particular in Nairobi and western Kenya. 

As a result of these seminars, the distribution of artemisia starter kits and the work of our collaborating organisations, we are delighted to say that Natural Medicine is now being practised in many parts of Kenya. 

In particular, malaria patients are being treated with Artemisia annua tea, diarrhoea is being treated with anti-amoeba tea and HIV/AIDS patients are benefiting enormously from Artemisia tea, Roselle and Moringa leaf powder.

We invite either you or someone from your organisation, to attend this training seminar in Natural Medicine.

The aims of this training seminar are to train 30 people (healers, pastors, missionaries, health workers, teachers and others active in the community) in:

a) the recognition, knowledge and cultivation of several medicinal plants in a medicinal garden.

b) the hygienic production of effective Natural Medicines from these plants, e.g. teas, different medicinal oils and ointments and tinctures. We will also produce different soaps, medicinal charcoal, black stones for snake-bites and learn how to use several simple technologies.

c) the treatments of many medical complaints and diseases, including malaria, skin problems, diarrhoea, HIV/AIDS and wounds.

d) the influence of good nutrition and lifestyle on health.

Following the seminar, we expect the participants to: 

e) create their own garden of medicinal plants,

f) prepare their own natural medicines,

g) treat themselves, their families and others within their area of competence, and

h) teach their families, colleagues and others in their communities.

Tutors: Rosalia Oyweka and Dr Roger Sharland, George Matengo. 

Registration: Please write to the REAP Administrator, Anne Sigei (email and postal address above). You will be sent a confirmation of your booking immediately, and final details in September. The demand for places may be great, so please write quickly.

Fees for the seminar: The participation fee for African people or expatriates living in Africa is Kenya Shillings 32,000/- or equivalent for a one week seminar. For people travelling from Europe the price is 500 Euro. This is an all inclusive price, and includes food, accommodation, books, some seeds, a poster and all seminar materials. Transport costs and any insurance required remain the responsibility of the participant. If participants require more books and posters for their project, they will be available for sale at a reduced price during the seminar.

Payment of the fee: In advance (except by special arrangement) to REAP in Kenya. If you want to pay in a currency other than Kenya Shillings please contact Anne Sigei for current rates of exchange.

If you sponsor a participant, please pay the fee in advance into the account that you will be given. Please inform your sponsored participant(s) that REAP and anamed will not pay any transport costs or "sitting allowances", sometimes called "per Diem".

The following are important aspects of our seminars: 

1. Our emphasis on working at the grass-roots, encouraging and supporting local people in developing and extending the skills they already have. 

2. We encourage traditional healers and formal health workers such as doctors and nurses to work together. We help them to recognise the positive contribution that each makes, and encourage them to work out practical ways in which they can cooperate. 

3. By introducing Artemisia annua, we enable participants to become much more independent and successful in their treatment of malaria, in their families, communities and health centres. Each participant will be given rooted cuttings and be taught how to grow this delicate but extremely valuable plant.

4. It is important that all participants have a commitment both to practising what they learn and to teaching others, for example by conducting a similar seminar in Natural Medicine themselves, at least for a weekend. 

5. All participants will work together in practical work and possibly in establishing a garden. They must bring suitable clothes with them for such activities. 

6. Participants must attend for the entire programme to qualify for a certificate; to come only on some days is not acceptable.

7. Those participants who have a Bible should bring it.  Anamed and REAP are Christian organizations. We start every morning with a biblical reflection; each participant is invited to attend.

8. All participants should try to bring a sample of at least one medicinal plant from their region for sharing with others. 

Mar
6
9:00 am09:00

Ambassador Training Day: You can be a Champion for Change

If you have ever shared your appreciation for ECHO with a friend, family member or neighbor, you ARE an ECHO Ambassador. Let us help you make your sharing more intentional by equipping and training you on March 6. Learn more about Ambassador Day by calling Danielle at 239.567.3312.

Ambassador Day will give you the opportunity to learn the most up-to-date highlights of ECHO’s ministry, as well as get more in-depth information about our mission as a whole. 

What kinds of people are ECHO Ambassadors? All kinds. From students to retirees, including those who belong to and lead clubs, groups, chambers, and more, Ambassadors share a common desire to make a difference by equipping the hungry with agricultural tools to feed themselves. On Ambassador Day, there will be special breakout sessions for dialogue and exchange to help you get ideas from others. Bring your questions and ideas: “How do I approach my church?” and “How do I start up a conversation?"

If you would like to be a part of these dedicated agricultural advocates that speak for the poor, we invite you to learn more about our ambassador program and attend Ambassador Day.  

Mar
3
Mar 5

ECHO Asia Indonesia Sustainable Agriculture Workshop

Dates:

March 3-5, 2015 with an optional field trip on March 6th.

Location:

Medan, Indonesia. Participants will stay at the Pantai Cermin Theme Park. Morning sessions will be held at this hotel and the afternoon sessions will be hosted at the Yayasan Abdi Satya demonstration farm.

This event is geared towards agriculture and community development workers, extension agents, and those wanting to learn more about sustainable agriculture practices for Indonesia and Malaysia. Morning sessions will be held at the hotel and afternoons will be dedicated to hands-on learning at a small farm center.

Schedule:

The event schedule is now available for download.

Cost:

The cost is $180 per person (shared room) or $270 (single room), and includes: 3 night's accommodation at the hotel, conference fees, breakfast, lunch, and dinner for 3 days, transportation to the farm center, and coffee breaks.

Acara ini ditujukan untuk para pekerja pertanian dan pengembangan masyarakat, pekerja LSM, badan pelaksana program, dan bagi mereka yang ingin mempelajari lebih lanjut mengenai praktek-praktek pertanian berkesinambungan di Indonesia dan Malaysia. Sesi pagi hari akan diadakan di hotel dan sesi sore akan dikhususkan untuk proses pembelajaran melalui praktek lapangan di sebuah kebun kecil.

Biayaperorangan sebesar $180 USD/Rp 2,150,000 (berbagi kamar) atau $270/Rp 3,240,000 (kamar single), yang sudah termasuk: akomodasi 3 malam di hotel, biaya lokakarya, sarapan, makan siang dan malam selama 3 hari, transportasi ke lapangan, dan coffee break. Juga akan ada hari bebas (optional) untuk jalan-jalan, dimana biaya tambahan akan dikenakan. 

21st Annual ECHO International Agriculture Conference
Nov
18
Nov 20

21st Annual ECHO International Agriculture Conference

November 18-20, 2014

(Please Note Event was previously held in December)

Fort Myers, Florida

This year marks the 21st Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference held in Fort Myers, FL!  We hope that you will make plans to join us for this year's conference.  The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

ECHO International Agriculture Conferences provide opportunities for networking and enrichment for professionals working internationally in agriculture or related fields. The conference regularly attracts delegates representing more than 30 countries.  

Morning plenary sessions focus on practical ideas that have proven successful in communities around the world.  These talks are no more than 45 minutes in length. Click here for information regarding this years speakers and their Topics. For details on the planned speakers for this years conference, please go to our Plenary Speakers Page.

 

Sep
29
Oct 3

Health, Agriculture, Culture, & Community- September 2014

Audience:

The workshop is designed for Christian health, agriculture, and community development professionals who work with rural and urban communities internationally or in the US whose health and nutrition conditions are below standard to motivate community leaders to take the initiative in improving the health and nutrition of their people. All classes are conducted in ENGLISH ONLY.

Registration:

2014 Class Dates

April 28- May 2, 2014

September 29- October 3

Registration Deadline two weeks before workshop

Anyone needing a visa in order to attend any of our courses must have their visa in place at least 30 days prior to the start of the class. This policy is required in order to allow sufficient time for processing applications and to give individuals that might be on our waiting list ample time to make travel arrangements.

Course Fee: $595

 

The Importance of Community Health

Many common health problems around the world come from unhealthy behavior. Motivating people to make behavioral changes is difficult because the roots of behavior are in culturally determined beliefs and values. The arena for promoting behavioral changes is in dialogue about the cultural values and beliefs that underlie behavior. An understanding of cultural anthropology and the practice of cross-cultural communication is essential for successful motivation of changes in community development, and behavior related to health, nutrition, and agriculture.The biblical world view provides fundamental principles of health and healthy behavior and gives core cultural values important for community development. This workshop will bring together biblical principles of health and agriculture, cross-cultural methods of communication, and skills in establishing relationships that facilitate behavioral changes for the improvement of health and nutrition. It is excellent preparation for an inter-cultural ministry of transformational development.

Goal of the Workshop – Empowering People to Improve their Own Health

The workshop will enable Christian health and community development personnel to help people improve their own health, agriculture, and nutrition through understanding and applying scientific, biblical and culturally appropriate principles, and making behavior changes necessary for transformational development.

ECHO West Africa French Forum
Sep
22
Sep 26

ECHO West Africa French Forum

Held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, this forum will be held primarily in French. 

ECHO’s West Africa Impact Center is under the Direction of Mr. Robert Sanou.  This 3rd West Africa Networking Forum is planned to be held in Ouagadougou the 23rd – 25th of September, followed by field visits on the 26th.  For further details about our impact center, visit our West Africa Regional Impact Center.

Aug
11
Aug 15

Tropical Agricultural Development II: Underutilized Tropical Crops

Course Description

This intermediate class is geared toward experienced overseas workers and nationals with involvement in agricultural development or those who have participated in Tropical Agricultural Development I. This is a week-long course offered at the ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, Florida. Course attendees will participate in an in-depth look at various edible underutilized tropical crops. We will spend three days dedicated to learning about growing, propagating, and harvesting various crops, including vegetables, starches, grains, and pulses. This course will also examine economic and social factors affecting the production and use of underutilized tropical crops as well as consider case studies. There will be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Much of the course content is presented from a biblical perspective.

Rationale

As a Christian non-profit organization based in Southwest Florida (Fort Myers), ECHO exists to maximize the effectiveness of those working with the poor internationally. We do this by providing agriculture-related technical support services to missionaries, development workers and national church leaders in as many as 180 countries. As the majority of the world’s poor live in warm climates, ECHO’s resources apply primarily to the tropics or subtropics.

Several agricultural development-related questions and issues are dealt with by nearly everyone who studies at our campus, including: What are some principles I should be aware of in working on community development? What should I know about poverty mentality that would help me better understand the people I am trying to help? What are some key concepts regarding soils and gardening that would help me teach others to grow food plants in the tropics? What are some proven techniques or crops that I could introduce into my project area that could really make a difference in the lives of the poor?

In too many cases, these issues are not addressed until a development practitioner has already made mistakes and encountered setbacks in their projects. Often, these mistakes could have been avoided. This course is designed to equip participants with a foundation in their understanding of tropical agriculture and community development, as well as with some specific agricultural technologies that have significantly improved the lives of smallholder farmers in many parts of the world.

Who the course is for:

Those who will benefit from this course include both national and expatriate long-term or career missionaries, international project volunteers (e.g., Peace Corps), and leaders of relief-oriented organizations. This is an intermediate level course, therefore a basic understanding of plant and soil biology would be helpful. As all classes are conducted in English only, A STRONG PROFICIENCY IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS REQUIRED!

2014 Dates

August 11-15, 2014

Register Here

Jul
28
Aug 1

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics - July 2014

Course Description: Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective. 

 

Tropical Agriculture Development I Homepage

Get Into Gardening 2014
Jun
14
9:00 am09:00

Get Into Gardening 2014

Get into gardening on June 14, 2014 at ECHO's Tropical Fruit Nursery.  From 9 am to 4 pm  this event will feature workshops for both new and experienced gardeners.  All workshops will be offered free of charge.

Educational workshops will focus on ways to grow food in our own backyards using practical/simple gardening techniques and the wide variety of fruit trees and edible plants that grow in Florida’s warm climate. 

Take part in free tropical gardening workshops such as Organic Gardening, Fruit Tree Grafting, Summer Vegetable Gardening, Herbs for SW Florida, Container Gardening, Gardening with Earthworm Castings,  Bamboo, and How to “Fertilize Smart”.

Our regularly scheduled guided tour of ECHO's Global Demonstration Farm will still be available at 10 am. 

“The Tropical Fruit Nursery is a training tool, a living classroom, for students, interns and guests, but it is also a service to the community,” remarks ECHO President/CEO, Stan Doerr. “We hope that through this event the community will be able to provide more affordable foods for their families, even from their own backyards”.

Jun
2
Jun 6

Tropical Agricultural Development I: The Basics - June 2014

Course Description: Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally are encouraged to participate in this one-week course held four times a year. Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of poverty and community development and an orientation to ECHO. They will also receive instruction on proven agricultural principles/practices and practical techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. There will also be time for hands-on work on the farm, visits with staff, and study in the library. Course content is presented from a biblical perspective. 

Tropical Agricultural Development I Homepage

Apr
28
May 2

Health, Agriculture, Culture, & Community- April 2014

Audience:

The workshop is designed for Christian health, agriculture, and community development professionals who work with rural and urban communities internationally or in the US whose health and nutrition conditions are below standard to motivate community leaders to take the initiative in improving the health and nutrition of their people. All classes are conducted in ENGLISH ONLY.

Registration:

2014 Class Dates

April 28- May 2, 2014

September 29- October 3

Course Fee: $595

The Importance of Community Health

Many common health problems around the world come from unhealthy behavior. Motivating people to make behavioral changes is difficult because the roots of behavior are in culturally determined beliefs and values. The arena for promoting behavioral changes is in dialogue about the cultural values and beliefs that underlie behavior. An understanding of cultural anthropology and the practice of cross-cultural communication is essential for successful motivation of changes in community development, and behavior related to health, nutrition, and agriculture.The biblical world view provides fundamental principles of health and healthy behavior and gives core cultural values important for community development. This workshop will bring together biblical principles of health and agriculture, cross-cultural methods of communication, and skills in establishing relationships that facilitate behavioral changes for the improvement of health and nutrition. It is excellent preparation for an inter-cultural ministry of transformational development.

Goal of the Workshop – Empowering People to Improve their Own Health

The workshop will enable Christian health and community development personnel to help people improve their own health, agriculture, and nutrition through understanding and applying scientific, biblical and culturally appropriate principles, and making behavior changes necessary for transformational development.

 

ECHO's Farm Day 2014
Mar
22
9:00 am09:00

ECHO's Farm Day 2014

  • ECHO's Global Farm

Spend the day at our 50-acre Global Farm and tour a tropical rainforest demonstration, the 300+ variety seed bank, take an educational tour of the fruit tree arboretum, or learn about alternative energies as they are demonstrated in the appropriate technology area! Kids can taste, touch, and experience their way around the world as they learn about world hunger and ways they can make an impact!

Tickets are just $5.00 per person, 10 and under are free if purchased in advance. You may also purchase tickets the day of the event for $7.00 per person, 10 and under free.

ECHO International Agriculture Conference
Dec
10
Dec 12

ECHO International Agriculture Conference

  • ECHO Headquarters

This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the ECHO International Agriculture Conference! The event brings together some of the world’s most influential voices dedicated to eradicating hunger and improving lives.

Speakers will share practical solutions to agricultural challenges, personal experiences and strategies for improving the lives of millions who daily face the threat of starvation. The event offers an open exchange of information, connecting the people and ideas that can make a real and sustainable difference.

Conference accommodation and meeting rooms for morning and evening sessions will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (http://www.cpfortmyers.com/) in the Bell Tower district of Fort Myers. Afternoon workshops and demonstrations will be held at the 50-acre ECHO farm in North Fort Myers, which has one of the largest collections of tropical fruits and vegetables in the United States.

ECHO International Agriculture Conferences provide opportunities for networking and enrichment for professionals working internationally in agriculture or related fields. The conference regularly attracts over 200 delegates representing more than 30 countries.

Community Garden Training 2013
Oct
18
Oct 19

Community Garden Training 2013

  • ECHO Global Farm

Whether you are a team that runs a community garden or a group wanting to start one, ECHO and the Lee County Extension Office invite you to participate. Workshops will focus on setting goals, building your team, sharing ideas and identifying resources for developing successful sustainable community gardens.

Cost: $75, includes Friday lunch. To register, e-mail mshelli@echonet.org or call (239) 567-3331.

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Get Into Gardening 2013
Jun
22
9:00 am09:00

Get Into Gardening 2013

Just itching to get outside and start that garden? Didn't think anything could survive the Florida summer?

Come to ECHO's "Get into Gardening" Event 2013 and get going! Attend FREE workshops, mini tours and learn from some of the most experienced gardeners in the area!

June 22, 2013

9 am - 3 pm

ECHO

17391 Durrance Road, North Fort Myers,FL 33917

Workshops schedule will be available June 1.

Come and explore ECHO's Nursery and Get into Gardening!

For more information call 239.543.3246!

See you there!

Apr
30
8:30 am08:30

Volunteer Needed Inside

The Price Center is looking for two volunteers to file and organize paperwork.

Don't forget to bring a lunch if you're planning to stay all day! Sign Up Below if you're interested. Nichole will confirm with you by email.