ECHO - Helping Underdeveloped Countries Grow Their Own Food

Ft. Myers, FL. - ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) uses the power of agriculture on a global scale to reduce hunger and improve lives in underdeveloped countries. ECHO provides students and overseas development workers with agricultural skills and resources to help those who are just one failed crop away from starvation. Viewers will not only learn about these garden heroes, but will see how to apply many of the skills shown in the simulated gardens to the similarly challenging conditions of their own home gardens.



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The Giving Garden: Ample Harvest Helps Share the Bounty (Milford, NJ)

If you've ever grown a vegetable garden, you've probably had more of something than you could use at the end of the season. That was the basis for how AmpleHarvest.org was formed. Gary Oppenheimer saw that his community garden was producing far more than the gardeners could consume, or even give away to family and friends. So he decided to find a way to get that fresh produce in the hands of neighbors in need, and that simple idea grew into a national non-profit network.

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Regenerating Detroit Through Urban Gardening (Detroit, MI)

Once America's most productive manufacturing city, Detroit's landscape took a turn for the worse in the mid-1960s. But in recent years, green-minded citizens began to reclaim their city with community gardens and urban farms providing two of the fastest roads to recovery. Today, over 1,300 such plots have sprouted throughout Detroit. They're providing an emotional boost to citizens, food for the hungry and instant beauty to areas while lifting spirits, enthusiasm and economic recovery for a better tomorrow.

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Masters of the Edible Landscape (San Francisco, CA and Mt. Vernon, WA)

A common misconception of food gardens is that they're ugly and unsuitable in front yards or as ornamental displays. Accordingly, they're typically relegated to out of sight corners in backyards. But landscape design pro Rosalind Creasy has been working to debunk that myth for over 35 years. Even her home garden - starting right at the curb - is so beautiful that passersby usually don't even realize that it's almost exclusively an edible landscape. In this episode, Joe visits another master of gardening and food, international celebrity chef and television host Graham Kerr, a.k.a.

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The 50-Mile Bouquet: Why Local Matters with Flowers, Too (Skagit Valley, WA)

We've all heard the term "sustainably grown." But have you ever stopped to consider that it can apply to more than food? In fact, the flowers you put on your dinner table (unless you grew them yourself) are likely loaded with pesticides that were applied when they were growing in foreign countries thousands of miles away. While the multi-billion-dollar floral industry creates a beautiful product, the growing practices to bring it to market are anything but.

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Dominica: Island Ingenuity in Sustainability (Island of Dominica, The Caribbean)

It's been said that necessity is the mother of invention. And when your resources are limited, you quickly learn to make the most of them, while protecting what you have. That's the way of life on one tiny Caribbean island. Commonly known as "The Nature Island," Dominica has unquestionably earned the nickname. Over two-thirds of the island is made up of protected rainforests. On the remaining third, sustainable agriculture and eco-tourism help the nation thrive, while serving as a role model for others.

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