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’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
6:00 p.m. Teambuilding and Info Session (plan on 90-minutes)
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
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)
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
Schedule for the Festival to come
Riverside Camp and Retreat Center
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.