Looking for Training on Faith in Agriculture? Look no further

ECHO is proud to help share information about the Second Annual Redeeming the Dirt Conference in Rockford, Alabama, July 26-29, 2015! This summer you can come together with other Christian farmers, gardeners, and agrarians from around the country as they seek to learn how to better express love for Jesus through the way land is tended. The goal of this conference is to encourage, challenge, inspire, and equip followers of Jesus to impact their communities and nation through agriculture.

At the Redeeming the Dirt Conference they will:

  1. Encourage Christian farmers to recognize how faithful stewardship of the land can be part of making disciples of Jesus Christ and glorifying God.
  2. Encourage those in Christian ministry to consider the power of modeling the Gospel and helping the poor through Jesus-centered agriculture.
  3. Provide practical training and tools for more productive, sustainable, and beautiful gardens and farms!

Register today as you consider how you might redeem the dirt.

When: July 26th-29th, 2015 Where: Poplar Point Camp, Rockford, Alabama


  • Craig Deall, Foundations for Farming Zimbabwe
  • Noah Sanders, Farmer, Author of Born-Again Dirt
  • Robert Brandon, New Water Ministries

What: Challenging sessions and testimonies, encouraging fellowship, and hands-on practical training in conservation agriculture!

For more info or to register go to www.redeemingthedirt.com, or email noah@roravalleyfarms.com

The conference changed (deepened) my faith in the Lord . . . The garden is a small piece of the big plan of sharing the Lord’s word.
— Sonja, 2014 Attendee
What a life changing event . . . it was well worth our time away from our small homestead and business.
— Larry, 2014 Attendee

How A Mentally Challenged Man Helped To Reduce Food Wastage And Hunger In Ghana

By Chef Elijah A. Addo, Used by permission. Originally posted at SpyGhana

Growing up I told my parents I wanted to be a medical doctor. It was one of those childhood dreams I held onto so much. I fantasized on my dream so much that my classmates called me “Doc” at in 6th grade. But just as the Good book says “Our ways are not the ways of the Lord.” Destiny had a different plan for me. I lost my mom and dad due to the negligence of the very profession that I revered. It was that one single event that change my direction in life to be what I found myself doing ‘’the doctor in the kitchen:” A Chef.

I enjoy being a chef. I love food and the science of creating and improving on recipes from different parts of the world. For the past six years of my career, I have had the opportunity to cook for great men and women across the world but one thing I realized was that, no matter how delicious the food I cooked was, there will always be leftovers. What becomes of the leftovers? Mostly, they are thrown in the trash.

One day, I met this mentally challenged man within the city of Accra going around with black plastic bags distributing food to other mentally challenged people on the streets. This man’s activities drew my interest so much that I had to follow him for two months. I realized this mentally challenged man every morning goes to food vendors on the street with plastic bags so that when someone buys food, the leftovers are gathered for him. Later in the day he goes back to pick the leftovers and distribute it to his mentally challenged friends and has been doing this for many years.

As a chef, I asked myself why can’t I help in reducing food wastage and hunger in Ghana by talking about it, by recovering food to feed the mentally challenged, aged, street kids and vulnerable in society. This brought about the formation of Chefs for Change Ghana Foundation, and for the past three years we have been creating sustainable means of nutrition for the less privileged in Ghana by food recovery. Under our feast of hope project we have fed over 30,000 less privileged and educated millions of Ghanaians on three consecutive UN World food days. Last year under our Food for All Ghana Campaign we planned to build West Africa’s first food recovery bank in Ghana and set a world record in 2015 by laying the longest charity dinner table in the world to feed over eight thousand less privileged in a night.

Looking at the economic, social and environmental impact of food wastage, there is the need for all Ghanaians to come together to help reduce the inefficiencies in our food supply system to reduce food wastage and hunger in Ghana. Why don’t you join the mentally challenged man’s idea of reducing food wastage in Ghana to feed those that need it. This is how the I realized my passion of recovering food to feed those who need it. I am very proud of what I now do and Hope you will be too. Join us to reduce food wastage and hunger in Africa. Food for All Ghana Campaign……..A shared social responsibility.

Source: Food for All Ghana Campaign