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ECHO Offers Informative Farm Tours

Take an informative look at worldwide, natural farming initiatives at the Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization (ECHO), in North Fort Myers. Its 90-minute Global Farm Tours take place at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Tuesdays thru Fridays, and 10 a.m. on Saturdays.

Six separate settings include demonstrations of techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in Southwest Florida and developing countries. Visitors can see biogas (turning cow manure into gas for cooking and lighting), a sawdust cooker, rooftop gardening and a simple solar food dryer; taste various leaves and berries in rain forest habitats; observe farm animals such as tropical sheep, goats, turken chickens, ducks, tilapia and rabbits; view a simulated Haitian school; and examine one of the largest collections of tropical food plants in Florida.

Founded in the late 1970s, ECHO is a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor that has been providing sustainable hunger solutions since 1981.

Tour fees: $8 adults, $5 children 6-12. Location: 17391 Durrance Rd. For more information, call 239-543-3246 or visit

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