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Adorned in trash bags to stave off the morning rain, Melanie Govan, from left of Detroit, Mich. Maureen Hurd of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ashley Darocha of Oxford, Mich. weed out an area to plant a crop at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The women are spending their spring break from Grand Valley State University to increase their hands on knowledge about agriculture. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.

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Corey Perrine/Staff Adorned in trash bags to stave off the morning rain, Melanie Govan, from left of Detroit, Mich. Maureen Hurd of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ashley Darocha of Oxford, Mich. weed out an area to plant a crop at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The women are spending their spring break from Grand Valley State University to increase their hands on knowledge about agriculture. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.

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Maie Shelli, from left, an intern from Yonkers, N.Y., teaches volunteers Ebone Abrams of Allendale, Mich. Victoria Torreson and Kim Kirk, back, of Detroit, Mich. the benefits of planting with newspapers at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. Newspapers protect fragile roots when young plants begin to grow, isolate moisture and eventually break down as a compost. The volunteers were on spring break learning to increase hands on knowledge of agricultural skills. The farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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James Lee an intern from Atlanta, Ga. cleans out the duck housing area at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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Melanie Govan of Detroit, Mich. weeds at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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Adorned in trash bags to stave off the morning rain, Melanie Govan, from left of Detroit, Mich. Maureen Hurd of Grand Rapids, Mich. and Ashley Darocha of Oxford, Mich. weed out an area to plant a crop at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The women are spending their spring break from Grand Valley State University to increase their hands on knowledge about agriculture. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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David Miller works to prepare a crop field with wife, Bonny Jean Miller in the background helping at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The two were from Bary College in Rome, Ga. on their spring break to improve their knowledge when helping on agriculture missions for their church. The farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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A treadle pump is marked at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The pump is cost effective in low income areas and pump more water with less energy than hand pumps. The farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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A solar dehydrator, seen in the foreground and a different one behind it, at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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Charles Anderas of Green Bay, Wisc. closes the cage after feeding a rabbit at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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Intern Rachelle Albright feeds a Nubian goat bananas and banana leaves at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The 50-acre farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.
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Maie Shelli, from left, an intern from Yonkers, N.Y. works in a a field prepping to be planted at ECHO's Global Farm Wednesday, March 6, 2013 in North Fort Myers, Fla. The farm is recreating several climates around the world, including Haiti. Interns are learning the skills so that they can visit counties such as Haiti and teach the community how to become self-sufficient by growing.

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