So, for those of you keeping track, I’ve begun a new chapter in my life, as an intern at ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization), a nonprofit based in North Fort Myers, Florida. ECHO is dedicated to finding sustainable solutions to the problems of small-scale farmers in the tropics, then using the network of development workers who subscribe to their material to disseminate crop varieties, techniques and technology around the world. They have thousands of network members, connected by what may be the world’s only ag-specific social network: echocommunity.org. In addition, ECHO runs the Global Farm in Fort Myers as a living demonstration of the work they do. That’s where I am now, working in the rainforest section, growing such exotic plants as Philipino ube, Sri Lankan winged bean and West African cocoyam. It’s a crazy place, chock full of learning opportunities. This blog will be a place for glimpses into my life here at ECHO, rants about food policy issues, recipes for weird vegetables and anything else I think to write about while I’m here.