At least a couple local residents encouraged us to take a tour of Echo Farms, probably because I asked so many questions regarding local plants and trees. When we signed up for a tour on Friday, we had only a vague idea about what we would learn here. We had a wonderful tour guide, a volunteer who works at Echo. He did not start the tour until we had seen a video about the organization, as well as listened to his summary about what we would see while walking around the farm. ECHO is an acronym for Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization. Its international headquarters is in North Fort Myers and includes a global farm, research center, reference library, seed bank, tropical fruit nursery, and a global bookstore. In the lowland section of the farm Echo has raised seedbeds where crops of nutritional value are grown specifically for seed production. Sample seeds are sent to farmers of those countries where the crops can be grown.