Megan McElhaney ’13

Major: Art and Environmental Studies. Hometown: Akron, Ohio.

Kepler International Fellow in Sustainable Agriculture

Navdanya | New Delhi, India

Week 8:

July 31, 2012 | As I pause to write this blog post and look out at the Himalayan foothills, cloudy with another round of rain, I suddenly wake up to how much I appreciate where I am and what I’m doing.  I feel comfortable here, and novelty has faded to normalcy for many things, so I am embarrassed to […]

Week 7:

July 24, 2012 | What do you get when you cross unbearable humidity with torrential downpours?  A lot of reading. I’ve worked more on the agroforestry project this week, planting sweet potato cuttings and chopping down the bushes in another plot.  The tool I used to clear the area was a heavy curved blade that you swing back and […]

Week 6:

July 17, 2012 | In the 1970s, a group of rural Indian women banded together to stand up against commercial logging companies and to combat the Forest Department’s policies which excluded villagers from the forests that provided their livelihoods.  Calling themselves the Chipko movement, these women organized forest patrols throughout Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh and protected the trees by […]

Week 5:

July 10, 2012 | The mango festival was this Sunday.  All operations were put on hold for this fundraising event, as guests came to experience the farm and the wonderful mango meal from Bija Vidyapeeth’s orchards.  Besides the many Indian dishes prepared, interns were asked to do cooking demonstrations on how to make dishes that use mangoes in recipes from […]

Week 4:

July 4, 2012 | I think that to properly write about this week, I would have to sit and write for at least the next two weeks to get it all down.  It’s not that the week was incredibly eventful, just that it was incredibly eye-opening.  We interns are updating an electronic seed database, preparing for the mango festival, […]

Week 3:

June 26, 2012 | What a crazy week.  Everything is so different than it was one week ago.  First of all, the rains came!  Monsoons haven’t actually hit, but after 8 months of no rain, during the hottest summer in 110 years, even a couple of showers make a big difference.  The rain was actually dirty from all the […]

Week 2:

June 19, 2012 | This afternoon, a huge ant bit me and ran off with a chunk of my foot the size of an M&M.  Eh, it’s India.  Yesterday, four interns and I crammed into the cab of a passing truck for a free ride to a Hindu temple built inside a tree.  Eh, it’s India.  The day before, it […]

Week 1:

June 11, 2012 | Today was, hands down, the single most difficult day of my life. But it was probably the single most amazing day as well. I spent it navigating the beautiful, filthy maze of Delhi with a 3 ton backpack in 108 degrees. (Three tons is an exaggeration and 108 degrees is not.) Also, all of those […]