Join us for a Restoring Hope Field Trip to learn more about new methods for farming which bring HOPE to those food insecure in our area.
ECHO Global Farm Tours
ECHO’s Global Farm Tour is a fascinating walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. Taste tropical fruits and leaves as you explore a rain-forest, a semi-arid dessert, rooftop gardens and so much more. Visit with our friendly farm animals and discover one of the largest collections of tropical food plants as you learn about ECHO’s mission to help the poor help themselves. To learn more, go to Echonet.org
Friday and Saturday, March 13 and 14, 2020
Friday, March 13
9:00 a.m. Depart St. Luke’s (meet at the Circle drive for prayer and car assignments)
Noon Lunch in North Fort Myers (lunch on your own)
1:00 p.m. Check in at ECHO at 17391 Durrance Road, North Ft. Myers, FL 33917 - 239.543.3246
1:30 p.m. 2 ECHO Tours (tour leaves promptly at 1:30 p.m.)
6:00 p.m. Check in at Riverside Retreat, 7305 County Road 78, LaBelle, FL 33935, 863.675.0334
6:30 p.m. Dinner at Riverside Retreat
7:30 p.m. Debrief and Sharing
Saturday, March 14
7:30 a.m. Breakfast at Riverside Retreat
8:30 a.m. Depart for ECHO
9:00 a.m. Annual Global Farm and Food Festival (lunch on your own at the festival)
1:00 p.m. Depart for home
4:00 p.m. Estimated arrival time back at St. Luke’s
ECHO Global Farm Tour - A fascinating guided, walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. Along the way, you will find unique demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries.
Experience the seven settings of the Global farm which features crops, techniques, and animals from around the world. Goats, chickens, ducks, fish and rabbits are all found on our farm; and ECHO is home to one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in the United States.
You won’t want to miss the demonstrations in our Urban Garden, a perennial favorite, which features some wacky, yet effective ways to grow crops where there is little or no soil.
ECHO Appropriate Technology Village Tour (2-hour, walking tour) - The all-new Anderson Appropriate Technology Center is a unique working space focused on demonstrating, researching, and building tools and techniques that solve problems in food, water, and shelter for small-scale farmers worldwide.
Come discover how simple technologies made from local or recycled materials can improve lives. Appropriate technologies transform sand into water filters, manure into energy, and bicycles into power tools. These innovations may appear simple compared to high-tech gadgets, but it takes skillful design and ingenuity to make essential resources with only local materials.
On the Appropriate Technology Village Tour you’ll discover how food goes from the field to the market, and how simple solutions can make a major difference around the world.
Annual Global Farm and Food Festival - Partnering with local organizations and businesses, ECHO’s Global Food and Farm Festival has provided thousands of attendees with the opportunity to taste exotic foods, experience life in a foreign country, and explore the Global Farm, learning about food and culture in a new way.
Schedule for the Festival to come
Riverside Camp and Retreat Center - Nestled along the Caloosahatchee River, the Camp is a year-round retreat center and RV park. For over 50 years, Riverside Camp and Retreat Center has been serving the community and surrounding areas.
Our lodge can accommodate up to 56 people per building in bunk-bed style accommodations. Each bedroom has 3 to 4 bunk beds, a storage unit and a bathroom. There is a large, central meeting place and a residential style kitchen. To learn more, go to flriverside.org
Cost and Packing List
Total: $100 per person - Bring pillow, sheets, sleeping bag, toiletries, comfortable walking shoes, snacks, water bottle, ear plugs, phone chargers, paper and pen for devotion, journaling and sharing time.
Trip is open to families with suggested age of children 8 and older. All attendees under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Reserve your spot today. Registration deadline is Sunday, March 1, 2020.