ECHO – Educational Concerns for Hunger Organizations

Miracle fruit

Miracle fruit

Miracle Fruit?!?

Did you know there is such a thing as Miracle Fruit? It prevents your tongue from tasting sour foods by binding to the sweet receptors on your taste buds! Awesome.

These, okra as big as a banana, toilets that don’t need water (I want one.), pumps made of old bicycle tires, living fences (I want these too.), and so much more were part of our tour at ECHO Farms.

Rower Water Pump

Rower Water Pump

ECHO is working to reduce poverty by educating and training workers living in developing areas as well as researching innovative techniques in the area of agriculture. They partner with workers in over 160 countries gathering research data and developing new methods of farming. Their vision is to “Honor God through Sustainable Hunger Solutions.” A worthy goal to be sure! They provide development notes, access to research documentation, seed banks, and problem solving help.

This got me completely excited about experimenting with a garden of my own using self-sustaining methods that we can pass on to our South Sudanese neighbors. I don’t know how green my thumb is but I’m ready to jump in with both feet!

What’s the strangest plant, fruit, vegetable or tree you’ve come across?

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