I’m Steven Kluck, hailing from Boulder, Colorado as the current Semi-Arid intern. I graduated from Colorado University Boulder in May 2013 with a degree in Environmental Engineering. Over the course of my time in college, I grew in my awareness and passion for food and farming. I also came to discover the Biblical call to care for those who are oppressed or in spiritual and material need. God, forming my heart for ministry and agriculture, led me to ECHO!
My experience at ECHO thus far has been amazing! The first few months were like a whirlwind of new information, ideas, people, and skills. I went from having no idea what most of the plants were to identifying many fruit trees and other crops – and their relatives. I have been inspired and encouraged by relationships with the other interns - along with having a ton of fun! It seems like God has been confirming my vocation in restorative agriculture and development work through connecting me with so many like-minded people here, whether interns, staff, or missionaries.
After nearly seven months at ECHO, I am still learning new skills day by day, observing dynamic ecological interactions along with how God interacts with His Creation. I’m exploring the area where productive agriculture meets healthy ecosystems, joy-filled lives, and Christ-centered communities. ECHO is an incredible place for an intern like me to grow and thrive.
In terms of other interests and next steps, I am particularly interested in grazing animals as agents of restoration and applying good animal management practices on a small-scale, developing world setting. “Vegetative growth” seems to be the buzz word for this period of my life, and I’m anticipating the next few seasons will be defined by internships, training, and relationship building. Rooted in Christ, and growing in character and wisdom and love, becoming a large tree with branches stretching wide, I hope to bear much fruit to the glory of God.