Exposure to Sustainable Agriculture for Chiang Mai International School Students
ECHO's main clientele is agriculture and community development workers
seeking technical solutions to alleviate hunger and poverty. However,
you can never start too early in creating awareness regarding
sustainable farming approaches. This week, ECHO Asia and Partners Farm
hosted a group of 45 8th grade science students from Chiang Mai
International School for a morning of learning and hands on involvement.
They were able to learn the best way by getting their hands dirty
related to basic soil science, appropriate technologies (e.g. treadle
water pumps and biogas systems) and natural farming of pigs.
A lot of people are working to bring positive change to communities, societies and the world. But in our business it's sometimes hard to see the forest for the trees. Working with the ECHO Asia Impact Center, I've been blessed with a certain vantage point. It's my goal to shed light on the good and practical that's being done to improve the circumstances of Asia's poor.
My wife, Ellen, and I have spent most of that past 25 years in S.E. Asia. In addition to earning BS and MS degrees in Plant and Soil Science (University of Tennessee), I spent two years (1985-1986) as an agricultural intern at the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center in the Philippines. Two years after our family moved to Thailand in 1994, we established the Upland Holistic Development Project (www.uhdp.org). UHDP focuses on improving the livelihoods of resource-poor upland families along the Thai-Burma border. Finally in 2009, we opened the ECHO Asia Impact Center in Chiang Mai, extending the presence and efforts of ECHO, based in Ft. Myers, Florida.