Hello! My name is Kirsten Lackey and I work in the Monsoon area of the Global Farm. It was an unexpected turn in my life’s journey that brought me here to ECHO. As a missionary kid in Russia and Kazakhstan, I lived almost my entire life in apartment buildings, surrounded by bustling cities.
I went to the University of Colorado at Boulder to study Russian Studies, with plans to become a translator... or, if that failed, potentially a spy for the CIA. This was the trajectory of my life until my senior year of college, when food made its belated appearance. Don’t get me wrong, I had grown up eating. But, I had never given much consideration to my meal’s source or the vital role it plays in my wellbeing. The more I studied nutrition and other food courses, the more fascinated I became with the subject. I wanted my life to have a positive impact on people who live on the margins of society. What better way to help people physically and psychologically than through access to quality food?
My internship here at ECHO has been an incredible hands-on experience to walk through an entire food cycle: from sowing, to harvesting, to eating, and all the steps in between. I have gained a great appreciation for the skill, creativity, and dedication required to grow nutritious food for people around the world.
Perhaps most signiﬁcantly, I have learned here that the physical act of growing food nourishes the soul. I have been blessed to have various friends come visit me on the farm. Several of them arrived discouraged from the wear and tear of life, but returned home with renewed vigor and ambition.The vibrant life and color of the diverse ecology here at ECHO is lifegiving. Even more so, seeing that God is continually bringing about new life around us is a reminder that He is faithful to do the same within us. I am privileged to be a part of that process here at ECHO, and look forward to what unfolds in the next 5 months!