Van Hutchinson Shares His Experience at the ECHO International Agriculture Conference
Over the last few years, I got involved in several community gardens and the name “ECHO” kept reverberating through the “idea-sphere.” Finally, I was able to attend an ECHO conference. Surrounded by kindred spirits in a sea of science and experience-based field knowledge, I felt like dozens of roads in my life had converged on an amazing hub for people and ideas united in the pursuit of ending hunger and bettering lives. I was inspired.
I was inspired at the conference because of the focus on devotions and worship time. In an outdoor workshop the leader began with a simple, powerful prayer and then transitioned into an introduction to “Farming God’s Way.” It was just so perfect—I felt SO connected with the Holy Spirit and His plan for food and the earth!
I was inspired by the innovative solutions like the biodigester, a technology that neutralizes toxins while converting waste into a non-polluting energy source!
I was inspired by the people I met and the work they are doing. I got to know some great people, including the leaders of Buckets of Rain, a team of volunteers using community gardening to reach Detroit’s urban poor. Attending the 25th Annual International Agriculture Conference was a highlight of my year.