ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Festival 2016
At ECHO, we take education seriously, but we also know that learning can be extremely fun!
Our annual Global Food and Farm Festival was no exception. Families participated in educational activities. Gardeners learned how to manage Florida’s unique growing challenges. People who enjoy cooking attended cooking shows with samples available for tasting. Those concerned about world hunger saw demonstrations of how ECHO is testing sustainable solutions. Nature lovers enjoyed touring the lush, serene 50-acre farm filled with mature plantings, experimental gardens and small farm animals.
Educational workshops covered topics such as Propagating Fruit Trees, Earthworms and Vermiculture, Landscaping with Edible Plants, Fertilizer Basics, Permaculture in the Suburbs, Multi-purpose Ground Covers for Tough Places in the Landscape, Perennials and other Vegetables for Summer Gardening in Southwest Florida, and In-Garden Composting with Worm Towers. Special tours featured ECHO’s bamboo and fruit tree collections.
For junior nature enthusiasts and dreamers alike, we featured an interactive Imagination Playground that housed all of the essential materials for building and creating. With cardboard boxes, milk jugs and coffee cans to inspire creativity, rocket ships and trains seemed to be the popular choice to build. When finished, the young travelers could venture with their families to the Petting Parlor, to interact with the goats. While walking, guests enjoyed seeing some of our special Festival attendees: pigs, bunnies, and wandering ducks.
If you weren’t one of over 2,800 guests that attended this year, we invite you to visit next year’s event on March 18th, 2017. Spend a fun day on the farm while also being part of the movement to care for creation, our fellow man and the environment around us while reducing hunger and improving lives.