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Will Caswell

Appropriate Technology / Seed bank

Will grew up in South Carolina and graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors in Biosystems Engineering. While at Clemson he also worked as the Organics & Biofuels Intern for Clemson’s Recycling Services. Before college, William spent three months in Kenya leading mission teams with Love Africa Mission.

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Erica Shoenberger

Community Garden / Propagation

Erica graduated from Eastern University with a B.S. in Biology and minors in Environmental Science and Chemistry. While at Eastern she studied in Costa Rica and visited Nicaragua. She also worked under Dr. Ben Dube as a research assistant investigating sustainable nematode controls. Before ECHO, Erica worked as an AmeriCorps service member in the Foodcorps serving public schools in Connecticut. Part of her work was to lead outside classes on gardening, cooking, and nutrition.

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Hawken Sawyer

Semi-Arid / Seed bank

Hawken graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Bible and Theology. Hawken is from Cleveland, Ohio and spent a good part of his early childhood up on his grandparents' dairy farm. During his time at Wheaton, he volunteered with a ministry called the National School Project. From May to December 2017, Hawken interned at ECHO West Africa through Wheaton's HNGR program and participated in ECHO workshops on FFF, AT, and sustainable farming practices.

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William "Billy" Arthur

Lowlands / Seed bank

Billy graduated from the Moody Bible Institute with a Bachelor's degree in Applied Linguistics. Growing up, Billy spent time working on a local farm. He later spent one year in Argentina where he first experienced international agriculture. Billy spent several summers with Pioneers traveling to India, Uzbekistan, and many other countries in Asia.

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Matt Cunningham

Urban Garden / Propagation

Matt is a graduate of Colorado State University and holds a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Horticulture. Before college, Matt went on mission trips to Mexico and Uganda which increased his interest in missions and development work. After college, Matt spent five months in northern Africa. He then served in an outreach to Bengali immigrants in New York City.


Emma Buchanan

Monsoon / Seed Bank

Emma is a graduate of Eastern University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Sustainable Development. Emma studied abroad in New Zealand with the Creation Care Study Program and went on mission trips to India, Guatemala and Mexico. Most recently Emma completed the A Rocha internship on their farm in British Columbia. Emma and her family have volunteered with a local farm and CSA program since she was young, and has continued to work on CSA farms since then.


Emily Kinzer

Mountain / Propagation

Emily is a graduate of Covenant College and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Development. Emily is a missionary kid who grew up in Kenya. She spent a summer in Chiang Mai, Thailand studying for a TEFL certification and has traveled short term to Guatemala. While in college, Emily interned with Care of Creation Kenya. She recently completed an internship with the creation care organization A Rocha on their farm in British Columbia.