ECHO Global Farm teaches people efficient farming techniques that they can take to developing countries. The skills they learn here, they will be able to teach to farmers across the world.
ECHO offers different opportunities to learn including internships, residencies, and workshops.
“We’re learning ways in which we can implement really smart agriculture techniques for the third world,” said Emily Tanner a resident at ECHO. “So the local guy the local lady can go into their communities and really apply concepts that will help them to generate greater crops, greater abilities to help them sustain themselves.”
As a short-term resident, Tanner and her family are here to ‘re-energize and re-educate’ before heading back to Tanzania, where they serve. She says the most useful thing she has learned from ECHO is the power of moringa.
“It’s like god’s multivitamin for the third world. When we were able to take it back to our neighbors and to see their nutrition transform. It was a really beautiful thing, the kids in our preschool the health that they had,” Tanner said.
Moringa is rich in vitamins and nutrients like protein, iron, potassium and more. Adding moringa to a meal can significantly enhance it’s nutritional level, according to ECHO.
ECHO’s teaching focuses on solutions to problems that face small-scale farmers in third world countries. Immanuel Feodor is an intern at ECHO. Each intern is given an area of the farm to manage and take care of.
“In my area, the rainforest, my biggest problem is shade. In the tropical rainforest, there’s a lot of trees. So what we do, we grow a lot of that are vining up and we build a lot of trellises,” said Feodor.
In addition to getting people ready to serve, ECHO also gives resources to people who are already serving around the world.
Kristen Russell is a resident at ECHO. She is here to learn agriculture techniques that can be implemented in the mountains where she and her family are serving in the Philipines.
“Sometimes when you’re serving cross-culturally far away from your home culture you can feel really isolated and alone,” said Russell. “And I think the resources that ECHO compiles, the team of people working here and around the world, really give missionaries a sense of connectedness with others that are doing similar things in different culture, with similar climates and people with similar needs.”
With these resources all at ECHO Global Farm, Tanner says that it encompasses a lot of real-world experiences.
“It’s like the world is brought to ECHO in this microcosm of this place and it really expands our borders here in America when you come to ECHO to see what the rest of the world can do with resources like ECHO,” Tanner said.