Farm Day 2014

Volunteer Doug Minke teaches guests about alternative fuels and improved cookstoves.

Volunteer Doug Minke teaches guests about alternative fuels and improved cookstoves.

"Farm Day is all about learning," says Danielle Flood, head of Media Relations at ECHO. "We love hosting guests on the farm. No matter who they are, they almost always leave inspired by our 'living classroom.'"

ECHO's demonstration farm is indeed a living classroom. It is evident every time a development worker sees a technique demonstrated and says, "I can do that!"  

Development workers aren't the only ones learning on the farm. Families young and old filled the farm on Saturday, March 22 to experience Farm Day 2014. They made goats out of toilet paper rolls in the Semi-arid region, learned about  cover crops and rice in the lowlands and hunted for plants to identify in the rainforest.  Others took tours of ECHO's fruit tree arboretum and bamboo collection. Workshops were packed, covering topics such as The Brown Revolution, Food Plants in the Landscape, Composting, Propagation Techniques and ECHO Around The World. 

Propagation Manager Marcie Chapman teaches about grafting and other propagation techniques.

Propagation Manager Marcie Chapman teaches about grafting and other propagation techniques.

Volunteer Charlie Brown shows guests highlights of ECHO's seed ministry.

Volunteer Charlie Brown shows guests highlights of ECHO's seed ministry.

Visitors were able to ride ECHO's authentic Thai rickshaw.

Visitors were able to ride ECHO's authentic Thai rickshaw.

This little lady is assembling her toilet paper roll goat :) 

This little lady is assembling her toilet paper roll goat :)