Are you looking for in-person, hands-on training on proven principles and practices for small-scale tropical agriculture?
If you are preparing for short or long-term involvement in international agricultural development, or simply looking to learn more about a field you love, we invite you to participate in ECHO's courses.
What does ECHO teach?
Course participants will gain an introduction to aspects of community development and an orientation to ECHO's Global Farm and Resource Center. They will also receive instruction in the classroom and on the farm on proven techniques, systems and technologies to meet agricultural and nutritional needs of small-scale, impoverished farmers. All course content is presented from a biblical perspective.
Who should take an ECHO course?
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 an ECHO 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.
SW Florida resident (no housing provided) $150 off
Group rate (3+) 20% off
Previous course attendee $50 off
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What does experiencing an ECHO Course look like?
Aerial 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.
echo fLORIDA Workshops & cOURSES
UPCOMING TRAINING HIGHLIGHTS
Agroforestry: Designing for Impact
July 15 - 19th, 2019
Agroforestry is the agricultural practice of combining the management of annual crops and/or animals with trees. This five-day course will introduce students to key agroforestry concepts including these agroforestry systems: Food Forests, Farmer Managed Natural Regeneration, micro-woodlots, Home gardens, and Sloping Agricultural Agricultural Land Technology (SALT). Agroforestry systems, largely composed of perennial crops, offer the resilience needed to address extreme climatic issues such as drought and torrential rain, along with social and economic factors that influence agricultural production of small-scale farmers.
Early Bird Rate $645.00
Sign up by June 15th to receive this discounted rate
Early Bird Rate: $645.00
Sign up by September 1st to receive this discounted rate
Small-scale Seed Production and Utilization
September 16 - 20th, 2019
ECHO offers over 350 varieties in its Florida seed bank requiring diverse approaches to growing, processing, and storing seeds. This five-day course will begin in ECHO’s seed production plots to help participants better understand how crops are managed and harvested.
Techniques related to both wet and dry processing of seeds will be practiced, as well as, essential tasks such as germination testing. Long-term seed storage approaches including vacuum sealing and cold storage will be explored, emphasis will be placed on seed saving technologies and approaches for challenging tropical locations.
Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development
October October 28 - November 1, 2019
New to the field of Agriculture Missions or international agriculture development? Whether you're looking to hone your agricultural knowledge or have been involved in agriculture at home but need to strengthen your community development applications in the field, our Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development course can help.
During this five-day course, the topics and discussions covered will center on improved food security and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.
Participants will explore the complexities related to poverty and community development, and apply the principles and practices that contribute toward maintaining healthy and productive soil, improved water management and crop production (e.g., annuals and perennials). The vital role of livestock and appropriate technology is also incorporated into the course.
During the week, activities will include presentations, farm-based practicums, consultations with ECHO staff and opportunities for research in the ECHO Resource Library.
Early Bird Rate $645.00
Sign up by October 14th to receive this discounted rate
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
Agriculture Volunteer Program
For those who are interested in a shorter-term commitment, the Agriculture Volunteer program allows students or interested individuals to volunteer with learning objectives over a 1 to 3 month period. This is a good option for those who are looking to fulfill semester credit though experience. Agriculture Volunteer positions are limited to two individuals at any given time due to housing constraints. To learn more and apply, see the Agriculture Volunteer application (this application is currently closed. If you are interested in applying for 2020 please email email@example.com.)
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org