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Get Into Gardening 2018
Oct
6
9:00 AM09:00

Get Into Gardening 2018

Get into gardening on October 6, 2018 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 Gardening in SW Florida, Container Gardening, Backyard Beekeeping, Tropical Fruit Grafting, Growing Tips for the Home Gardener, The Basics of Building with Bamboo, and more. 

Our regularly scheduled guided tour of ECHO's Global Demonstration Farm will also be available at 9:30 am, 10:30 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”.

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ECHO International Agriculture Conference 2016
Nov
15
to 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 (https://www.ihg.com/crowneplaza/hotels/us/en/fort-myers/fmyso/hoteldetail) 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. 

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Get Into Gardening 2016
Oct
1
9:00 AM09:00

Get Into Gardening 2016

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”.

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Apr
20
to 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

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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.  

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Jul
28
to 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

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Apr
28
to 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.

 

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