In Love With Volunteering

Photo courtesy of Rachel and Jared Scoville

Photo courtesy of Rachel and Jared Scoville

What’s not to love about a honeymoon in Florida? Newlyweds have enjoyed lounging at the beach, touring Disney world...and now volunteering at ECHO! Just four days after their wedding on April 15th, Rachel and Jared Scoville dropped by ECHO for a day of volunteering and a tour.

When Jared went to school at Gordon College, he went on the school’s annual spring break trip to ECHO. He had the opportunity to become fully immersed in the experience of working there, including reinforcing the Global Classroom for hurricane protection, tending to the rabbits and working in the fields. Jared had so much fun, he started growing a Moringa tree in his dining room.

“I told everyone I knew about the Moringa tree just cause it was fun to talk about. Even to this day it's in our garden right now. I’ve gardened ever since.” Jared said.

When the Scoville started to plan their honeymoon, they thought Florida would be a good chance to go to the beach and visit ECHO.

Rachel had heard all about Jared’s fond memories from the farm, but didn’t quite know what to expect when she arrived. After taking a tour, she understood Jared’s excitement.

“It was truly an amazing experience. I was really blown away by ECHO and the impact they have around the world,” Rachel said.

Today, Rachel is working as a behavioral analyst in their town of Bristol, Connecticut. Jared is working toward his doctorate degree in physical therapy at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. In their free time the Scovilles tend to their 50x50 garden plot where their Moringa trees are growing.


If you are passionate about ECHO’s mission, sign up for a volunteer position on ECHO’s volunteer page.  

What is ECHO?

ECHO is more than a farm! Founded in 1981, ECHO is an agricultural support agency to the world. We exist to reduce hunger and improve the lives of small-scale farmers worldwide. A non-denominational Christian organization, we provide agricultural and appropriate technology training and resources to development workers in more than 165 countries.  Among these resources is a large knowledge base of specialized information, technical support based on years of experience and an extensive seed bank focused on highly beneficial underutilized plants.  ECHO works to identify, validate, document and disseminate best practices in sustainable agriculture and appropriate technology.  Finally, ECHO creates opportunities for community leaders to connect with ECHO and one another to share experiences, ideas and encouragement. (tweet this)

Fast Facts

  • ECHO has 400 + volunteers that keep us going. 
  • 16% of our funding comes from our retail nursery and bookstore and other earned income. 84% of our funding comes from individuals, congregations, foundations, and corporations. 
  • 83% of all received donations go to program costs, 9% to management and administration, 8% to fundraising.