Those interested in preparing for short/long-term involvement in agricultural development internationally are encouraged to participate in ECHO's workshops held at various times throughout the 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. All course content is presented from a biblical perspective.
These workshops will especially benefit those who are considering short- or long-term involvement in international agricultural development work. It can also be of benefit to those who have been on the field doing development work for a few years but who would like to take a step back and re-evaluate their approach. Those who could benefit from this course include short-term or career missionaries, international project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps), leaders of relief-oriented organizations, or missions committee leaders of churches involved in agricultural projects overseas.
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Arial Tour of ECHO's Global Farm
ECHO's International Headquarters
The hub of ECHO’s ministry is the international headquarters in North Fort Myers, Florida. This campus houses a 50-acre demonstration farm, tropical resource library, 350-variety seed bank, Global Farm & Training Center, tropical fruit nursery and global bookstore.
ECHO Global Farm demonstrates plants and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries. ECHO has one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in Florida. Appropriate technologies demonstrated at ECHO include biogas (turning cow manure into gas for cooking and lighting), improved cookstoves, solar food dryers, and more. Tropical sheep, goats, cows, turken chickens, ducks, tilapia fish, and rabbits are integrated into the farm. Unique gardening techniques allow gardens anywhere—even on rooftops.
2018 TRAINING CALENDAR
Tropical Agriculture Development: The Basics
January 15 - 19, 2018
This course covers a broad range of topics relevant to those starting out in agricultural development in a tropical environment. The purpose of this class is to expose you to several different ideas and concepts. Although a significant amount of time will be spent looking at examples on the ECHO Farm, given the breadth of topics covered, extensive hands-on farm work should not be an expectation of taking this course.
This course will especially benefit those who are considering short- or long-term involvement in international agricultural development work. It can also be of benefit to those who have been on the field doing development work for a few years but who would like to take a step back and re-evaluate their approach.
Workshop fee: $645.00
Introduction to Tropical and Underutilized Crops
September 10 - 14, 2018
Did you know that of 250,000 identiﬁed plant species worldwide that only 30 species provide 95 percent of our global food energy needs? And that only three of these crops – wheat, maize and rice – provide half of the world’s food?
With severe weather extremes and other risks to global food security, many agricultural experts agree that global cropping systems should be as diversified as possible. As small-scale farms are particularly vulnerable to climatic and economic instability, underutilized crops may be key to their resilience.
Underutilized crops are those with “underexploited potential for contributing to food security, nutrition, health, income generation and environmental services.” This course will not only introduce participants to various less known crops but will also spotlight opportunities for their production and utilization.
The workshop will also include practical nutrition activities in which various underutilized crops on the ECHO farm will be harvested and prepared into meals.
Workshop fee: $645.00
Past ECHO Workshops
Other Training Options
This program combines access to ECHO's broad range of resources related to tropical agriculture with a chance to do hands-on work on the Global Farm. Though we are not a formal training center, ECHO provides an environment that fosters learning. The Study Program is designed to serve active overseas development practitioners with a chance to learn, study and work at the ECHO Campus. To learn more about the program, please visit: Study Program
Our Internship Program is a 14 month work experience program that helps individuals develop knowledge, skills and experience as they prepare for working with small-scale farmers in developing countries. To learn more please visit: ECHO Internships
Missionary In Residence Program
ECHO wants to equip current missionaries and development workers with their work in agriculture! We offer a flexible-term, on-campus program that pairs hands-on work on the Global Farm with an active environment that fosters learning. For more information, please: Study Program