April 2019


Organic Inputs Training การอบรมเกษตรอินทรีย์

April 04, 2019 09:00 - April 04, 2019 12:00

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center, Thailand
Presented By: ECHO Asia

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ORGANIC INPUTS TRAINING
การอบรมเกษตรอินทรีย์

Thursday 4 April 2019 9am-12pm 
วันพฤหัสที่ 4 เมษายน 2019 เวลา 9.00-12.00 น.
ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank
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San Pa Pao, San Sai, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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This event will include: biochar and composting demonstration, introduction to ECHO Asia and farm tour. Training will be conducted in Thai & English.
ลักษณะกิจกรรม: มีการสาธิตเทคนิคการเผาถ่าน, การทำปุ๋ยหมัก, แนะนำมูลนิธิเอคโค่ฯ และทัวร์ฟาร์ม, การอบรมครั้งนี้มีทั้งภาษาไทย และภาษาอังกฤษ

The cost for this training is 200 THB and includes coffee break & lunch.  
ค่าละเบียนสำหรับผู้เข้าอบรมเพียง 200 บาท/ท่าน รวมอาหารว่าง และอาหารกลางวัน 

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Training seminar in Natural Medicine 2019

April 07, 2019 11:02 - April 14, 2019 11:02

Songea Teachers Training College (TTC Songea ), TANZANIA
Presented By: anamed International / Action For Natural Medicine Tanzania

The training will be more in practical how to help people living with hiv/aids, also people with albinism.  The contribution of  nutrition in treatment in many diseases.

During the seminar our philosophy will be your food should be your medicine and your medicine should be your food.

anamed (Action for Natural Medicine, see www.anamed-edition.com) in Germany invites development  workers, missionaries, doctors, nurses, scientists etc. to attend our training seminar in Natural Medicine, as long as places are available.

Permaculture Design Certification

April 14, 2019 10:49 - April 28, 2019 10:50

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica
Presented By: Scott Gallant

Join our diverse team of permaculture instructors led by Scott Gallant for this annual life-changing 2-week experience. The course covers the core Permaculture Design curriculum and emphasizes creating diverse multi-functional human landscapes based on ecological patterns. Utilizing Rancho Mastatal as a living classroom, the class will mix lectures and hands-on work, exploring design solutions for both temperate and tropical regions.  Putting Permaculture into practice, the course concludes with students working in teams to create their own permaculture site design. This course is applicable to anyone with an interest in designing resilient and regenerative futures as well as professionals in the fields of architecture, planning, ecology, education, farming and community development. The whole-systems design thinking outlined in the course will give participants the tools to re-design and improve their surroundings; from gardens, farms and homes, to livelihoods, relationships and communities.   See : http://ranchomastatal.com/permaculture-design-certification-workshop/

To learn about who this course is designed for, learning outcomes, what to bring, and much more, please read our PDC Course Information Book.

June 2019


Syntropic Farming Course

June 23, 2019 10:28 - June 28, 2019 10:29

Rancho Mastatal, Costa Rica

Syntropic Farming is a farming revolution grown out of Brazil and made famous by Ernst Gotsch and the Life in Syntropy short documentary. Syntropic Farming seeks to cultivate resilient ecosystems that are abundant, financially viable and heal abused land. It asks us, as stewards of the land to live in harmony with nature. It asks that we learn from nature through imitating natural processes in order to produce food. This results in abundant systems which grow healthy soils, sequester carbon, produce a diverse array of yields, regenerate the ecosystem and that don't require long term external inputs. Syntropic Farming is a holistic approach, working with nature’s processes and the dynamics of ecosystems.   See :   http://ranchomastatal.com/syntropicfarming/

This six day course, taught by Fernando Rebello and Thiago Barbosa will provide students with an introduction to syntropic farming theory, methodology and practice.

This class will leave students with examples of how syn-tropical agriculture is applied to vegetable, fruit, grain, and livestock farming and how these are incorporated into agroforestry systems. The class includes a hands-on component where we will be installing a small syntropic farming demonstration at Rancho Mastatal. No farming experience is necessary.

The course will specifically cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the principles of syntropic agriculture.
  • Ecosystem considerations. How do we create syntropic systems according to our climate, soils, water, and vegetation?
  • Implementation and management strategies.
  • Vegetable production. Patterns and succession of species over time.
  • Fruit growing. Staple crops, pruning, stratification strategies, savanna ecosystems and their management.
  • Grain production. Combining forest species with grains, spacing, and production perspecetives.
  • Livestock incorporation.
  • The syntropic farming movement and how to get involved.

September 2019


Seed Saving and Banking

September 16, 2019 13:00 - September 20, 2019 14:12

ECHO Global Farm, USA
Presented By: ECHO

ECHO offers over 350 varieties in its Florida seed bank requiring diverse approaches to growing, processing, and storing seeds. This five-day course will begin in ECHO’s seed production plots to help participants better understand how crops are managed and harvested. Techniques related to both wet and dry processing of seeds will be practiced, as well as, essential tasks such as germination testing. Long-term seed storage approaches including vacuum sealing and cold storage will be explored, emphasis will be placed on seed saving technologies and approaches for challenging tropical locations.

 

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October 2019


ECHO Asia Agriculture & Community Development Conference 2019

October 01, 2019 08:00 - October 04, 2019 17:00

Holiday Garden Hotel & Resort, Thailand
Presented By: ECHO Asia

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Introduction to Tropical Agriculture Development- October 2019

October 28, 2019 00:00 - November 01, 2019 00:00

ECHO Global Farm, USA
Presented By: ECHO

Those interested in preparing for short to long-term involvement in international agriculture development are encouraged to participate in this five-day course.  Topics and discussions will be centered on improved food security and agricultural livelihoods for small-scale farmers in developing countries.  Participants will be introduced to the complexities related to poverty and community development.  They will also be introduced to principles and practices that contribute toward maintaining healthy and productive soil as well as improved water management and crop production (e.g., annuals and perennials).   The vital role of livestock and appropriate technology is also incorporated into the course.   During the week, activities will include presentations, farm-based practicums, consultations with ECHO staff and opportunities for research in the ECHO Resource Library. 

 

Who the course is for:

This course will especially benefit those who are considering short- or long-term involvement in international agricultural development work. It can also be of benefit to those who have been on the field doing development work for a few years but who would like to take a step back and re-evaluate their approach. Those who could benefit from this course include short-term or career missionaries, international project volunteers (e.g. Peace Corps), leaders of relief-oriented organizations, or missions committee leaders of churches involved in agricultural projects overseas. 

What is offered:

This course covers a broad range of topics relevant to those starting out in agricultural development in a tropical environment.  The purpose of this class is to expose you to several different ideas and concepts.  Although a significant amount of time will be spent looking at examples on the ECHO Farm, given the breadth of topics covered, extensive hands-on farm work should not be an expectation of taking this course.

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November 2019


Kigali, Rwanda ECHO Symposium

November 26, 2019 07:00 - November 28, 2019 17:00

Hilltop hotel in Kigali-Remera (TENTATIVE), Rwanda
Presented By: ECHO East Africa, CFGB, and AgriProFocus

Best practices improving nutrition and sustainable agriculture in highland areas.

This ECHO Symposium will provide a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in highlands of East Africa. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers would be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts.

Symposium Dates - 26th-28th November, 2019
25th November Check-in and Fellowship 
26th - 28th November Meeting Days
29th November Check-out and Optional Post Symposium Tours 

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March 2020


Moroto, Karamoja, Uganda ECHO Symposium

March 02, 2020 07:00 - March 04, 2020 17:00

Uganda
Presented By: ECHO East Africa

A symposium on best practices to improve nutrition and livelihoods in pastoralist areas.

This ECHO Symposium provides a network and training opportunity for those involved in alleviating hunger and poverty in pastoralist areas of East Africa. Three mornings of plenary sessions featuring knowledgeable and experienced speakers would be followed by afternoon workshops and discussion groups led by regional agricultural development workers and experts.

Symposium Dates - 2nd-4th March, 2020
1st March Check-in and Fellowship 
2nd -4th March Meeting Days
5th March Check-out and Optional Post Symposium Tours