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About the Impact Center


Overview of ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center
The ECHO Asia Impact Center & Small Farm Resource Center, exists to equip agriculture and community development practitioners to be more effective in their work serving smallholder farmers in Asia. We do this by providing technical resources, publications, training, and seeds to our network members residing in Asia.

We want to serve you!

Here at ECHO Asia, our vision is to equip and empower agriculture and community development workers. We do this through...


Upcoming Events:


For practical, hands-on training we invite you to join our monthly workshops at the ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center in Chiang Mai.


ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development (TAD) Course_February 2024 FlierECHO Asia Farm Training Calendar 2024





Connect With Us Through...

ECHO Asia Seed Catalog 2024/25 Cover Image

  • In-Person Training: In addition to monthly workshops at the ECHO Asia Farm, we host quarterly Tropical Agriculture & Development Courses (1 week), and customized trainings for groups. 


  • Farm Tours: We host individuals and small groups for educational tours of the farm and seed bank. These 1-2 hr contextualized conversations provide an overview of ECHO Asia and will provide a better idea of how we can partner together. To connect with us on the farm through a tour please complete our On-Farm Request Form.


  • Seeds: The ECHO Asia Seed Bank distributes 200+ varieties of Neglected & Underutilized Species, all of which are Open-Plloinated Varieties. Seeds can be picked up on site or ordered through our online ECHO Asia Seed Bank store. Network members qualify for 10 free seed packets per year!



  • Virtual Training Materials: Topics include...
    • Intro to Biochar
    • Intro to Biosand Water Filtration
    • Intro to Black Soldier Fly (BSF) Production
    • Intro to the System of Rice Intensification (SRI)
    • Virtual ECHO Asia Farm Tour


To request more info about virtual trainings, please complete our Virtual Training Form. 



Other Services Provided:


  • Consultations and Third-Party Project Assessment/Evaluation
  • Customized Training Opportunities, on-site and across the region
  • Internship Opportunities, including an Asian National program aimed at 3-6 month programs.


To request our involvement on the regional level, please complete our Regional Request Form.



The Sala Conference Center

Sala Conference & Retreat Center (ECHO Asia Farm - Chiang Mai, Thailand)


Located on the campus of our Small Farm Resource Center, the Sala Conference Center allows for overnight accomodation (up to 26 people) and training opportunity for groups of all kinds. This venue is open to participants of our on-site training events, customized training groups, and retreats or team gatherings of like-minded organizations. For more information about rates and availability, please send us an email at echoasia@echocommunity.org


We would love to meet you!

ECHO Asia Farm Biz Card Feb19We are PLEASED to welcome visitors to our Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank!

If you are interested in taking a tour, participating in a workshop or designing a training for your team held at our farm, please fill out our On-Farm Request Form.

We currently offer:
* Educational Farm Tours (Tues-Fri mornings only)
* 1 Day Workshops on One Focus Topic
* 3-5 day Training on Select Sustainable Agriculture & Community Development Practices

We also welcome long-term volunteers and Asian National Interns.

To contact the farm directly, please email us at: echoasia@echocommunity.org





ECHO Asia Office

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Physical Address

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center & Seed Bank: 159-159 Moo 2, San Pa Pao, San Sai, Chiang Mai 50210 Thailand

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Asia Impact Center Updates

Share what you know about SE Asia Wild Foods! 2024-01-02

Plant Planet Plate is a recently launched project in Oddar Meanchey Province, Northwest Cambodia by Dr. Ashley Thuthao Keng Dam, a medical anthropologist and a National Geographic Explorer and Green Shoots Foundation, a UK/Cambodian registered NGO running a permaculture farm and training space in Oddar Meanchey. Plant Planet Plate aims to celebrate and document foraging and wild-food knowledge in Cambodia and demonstrate that building resilient landscapes and understanding food history can improve food security and curb the impacts of climate change.

We feel this project is timely as Cambodia's rich biodiversity is at threat from climate change, loss of habitat, and changes in ecosystem. Documentation of species is limited and if any, has been orally passed down by elders, family members, and Khmer Traditional Medicine healers. However, the role these plants play in supplementing diets (particularly during COVID 19 for example) shows how important it is to not only begin recognizing the villagers, foragers, and healers as the true custodians of this knowledge but also preserve their word because it's contribution to the plant-world, conservation efforts and academia is unmatched.

In June 2023 the team comprising, Dr Thao, Muneezay Jaffery from Green Shoots Foundation, and Mr Sarin Sak, a local agronomist, set out in the vicinity of Samraong District of Oddar Meanchey Province to conduct 50 interviews with households on the wild-foods they gather, how they eat them, where they go forage and so forth. This information and other details of the plants will be compiled into a database that will be available in English, French, and Khmer as essays for the use of academics, plant enthusiasts, growers, and food enthusiasts.

At the end of the 50 interviews (around four weeks) we have around 125 names of plants in Khmer and we are now taking the step to find corresponding scientific names, common names, and plant families. So far, using various sources, we have around 40 scientific names for the plants and are looking to the ECHO Community to help us identify a few more!

Join the Conversation!

One thing we know is that plants and biodiversity don't observe political/administrative boundaries. Many of the plants enjoyed in Cambodia would also be popular in Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and other countries in Asia. So we hope the ECHO Community from those regions and within the diaspora will help us verify names of plants and any other details they can provide.

Upcoming events: Asia

การอบรมหลักสูตร การพัฒนาและการทำเกษตรในเขตพื้นที่ร้อนชื้น ECHO Asia Tropical Agriculture & Development Course (TAD) - Thai Language
Mon, 19 August 2024 » Sat, 24 August 2024

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center, Chiang Mai ศูนย์การเรียนรู้และธนาคารเมล็ดพันธุ์ เอคโค่ เอเชีย อำเภอสันทราย จังหวัดเชียงใหม่ , Thailand ประเทศไทย

  หลักสูตรการอบรมนี้ถูกออกแบบขึ้นเพื่อเป็นประโยชน์ต่อ ผู้ที่ทำงานด้านการพัฒนา มิชชั่นนารี และอาสาสมัคร ที่กำลังมองหาแนวทางในการประยุกต์ใช้ทักษะและเทคนิคด้านการทำการเกษตรที่มีประโยชน์และมีต้นทุนต่ำในการทำงานกับชุมชน ผู้เข้าร่วมอบรมจะได้เรียนรู้และฝึกปฏิบัติเทคนิคการทำการเกษตรที่หลากหลายตลอดการอบรม เรียนรู้ที่จะใช้ประโยชน์จากที่มีตัวเองมีอยู่ให้เกิดประโยชน์สูงสุด หลักสูตรนี้เปรียบเสมือนกับ หลักสูตรการเริ่มต้นสำรวจ ซึ่งผู้เข้าร่วมอบรมจะได้เรียนรู้ภาพรวมของหัวข้อและเทคนิคในการทำการเกษตรต่าง...

ECHO Asia Community Seed Bank Symposium
Mon, 2 September 2024 » Fri, 6 September 2024

ECHO Asia Small Farm Resource Center Chiang Mai, Thailand, Thailand

  Join us as we gather together an inspiring group of current and aspiring managers of Community Seed Banks from across the region. Together we will explore the in's and out's of the diverse Community Seed Bank models in use across ECHO's existing network. Time will be split between classroom time and hands-on activities to gain better understanding of both the theory and practice of operating low-cost, context-appropriate Community Seed Banks. This course is designed for current manag...


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