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ECHO Farm has a fun summer planned

June 12, 2019

The summertime could be the best time to go to ECHO Farm for a tour.

Instead of closing up for the summer, the farm on Durrance Road is offering several great promotions, from tour deals to free gardening classes.

The gardening classes started in May, with more than 50 students attending the first of four free classes.

There also will be classes the first Saturday of July and August starting at 10 a.m.

The July 6 class will feature Summer Garden Nutrient and Water Management with Jesse Sumasky, while the Aug. 3 class is about Identifying and Treating Citrus Greening, a Walking Workshop with Aaron Lynch.

Danielle Flood, ECHO's communications director, said it's important to share knowledge they have learned to people globally as well as locally.

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"These workshops are knowledge intensive and the two we have had have been well-received, so we hope people will come out for these and see what ECHO has to offer," Flood said.

The signature ECHO tours will be in full swing, even if they are limited to one per day. But if you come now, you could get a sweet deal on these tours.

Throughout the months of June and July, visitors may bring a child, 12 years old or younger, for free. One child will be admitted free per one paid adult tour ticket ($12.50) when you mention this promotion. Entire families may come for the maximum price of $30.

"Summer is a great time to go out on the farm, and we go out before it gets hot," Flood said.

There is also an appropriate Technology Tour Tuesday, Friday and Saturday at 11:30 a.m., where people can visit a unique working space focused on demonstrating, researching, and building tools and techniques that solve problems in food, water, and shelter for small-scale farmers around the world.

And be sure to come to the farm this Saturday and on July 20, when, back by popular demand ECHO will hold special tours of the farm at 9:30 a.m.

The third annual Family Fun Farm tours will be led by certified docents who specialize in sharing ECHO's mission with kids ages 5-12.

Families will participate in activities that teach how all the resources in the world are shared, and what amount of the earth's surface is usable for food production. Special discussion questions will help contextualize world poverty and food security in ways a child will understand, making your family a stronger force for good in the world.

"Every family wants their kids to understand how to be good global citizens and a tour can help them take what they learn throughout the school year and integrate it into how they can help be a force for good in our world," Flood said.

Tickets are $30 per family, or $12.50 per adult, $8 per student, and $6 per child ages 6-12. Kids under 6 are free.

Space is limited. Preregistration is required. Email Russ Luther at or call 239.567.3316.



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