Rick and I are in Florida for a week-long Tropical Agricultural Development seminar at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization).  Agricultural community development is our passion and so this seminar is incredibly exciting! 

ECHO is a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor.  Moringa is one of the most popular seeds requested from the ECHO seed bank and there are lots of the trees thriving on the farm (that’s me below, hanging out with some moringa trees).  We are looking forward to digging into the treasure trove of moringa information in the ECHO research library and to also learning about other plants and farming methods that may be added to Strong Harvest’s tool box in the future.

Our classes will cover things such as Challenges Facing the Small Scale Farmer, Land Care and Soil Restoration, Underutilized Tropical Crops, Irrigation and Water Harvesting and lots of other great topics. Our instructors and classmates bring with them a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working all over the world.  This is a great opportunity to learn, grow and network with like-minded people!

moringa growing at ECHO

Jeri with Moringa Trees at ECHO