ROCKLAND TWP., Pa. - A woman from Rockland Township is back in Berks County after taking part in a project halfway around the world.
Kaitlyn Spangler is a graduate student at Virginia Tech pursuing a master's degree in geography. She spent two months working with farmers Nepal as part of a graduate research project.
"As soon as you get there, everything changes, so I spent about a year preparing this research project, and then I would say about 50 percent of it just kind of went out the window as soon as I got to the field site," Spangler told 69 News.
The focus of the project was to help farmers increase their crop yield and decrease the use of chemical pesticides in place of bio-pesticides.
"Most of the farmers in Nepal grow rice and most of them grow it for home consumption, but this project works to increase vegetable production," Spangler explained.
She added vegetable have more commercial value and farmers were able to sell their excess growth for profit.
Spangler said at the center of the project's success was the ability to listen to farmers. She conducted hour-long interviews with about 60 farmers. Spangler said listening is what really leads to change.
"I think the vibrancy of people's lives can easily surprise you if you start listening," she said.
A Berks County man has been named the suspect in the fatal shooting of a woman at the apartment they shared in Kutztown on Sunday.Read More »
- 1985 fire at YMCA: 'It would be nice to hear some remorse'
- Reading Hospital dedicates new 'healing garden'
- Maidencreek woman celebrates 100th birthday
- Annual food drive brings in 1,000+ turkeys for those in need
- Man re-sentenced for 1985 fire that killed 4 at Reading 'Y'
- PHOTOS: Scene of 1985 fatal arson fire at Reading YMCA
- Updated Kutztown man charged with murder in fatal shooting of woman
- Updated DA: 4 individuals unaccounted for in Barclay Friends fire
- Updated 1985 fire at YMCA: 'It would be nice to hear some remorse'
- Updated Phillipsburg lawns could be sporting wrong mascot
- Updated Maidencreek woman celebrates 100th birthday
- Updated Annual food drive brings in 1,000+ turkeys for those in need
- Supreme Auto Body sold after 85 years in Lehigh Valley
- It's time to let grocery stores help de-stress Thanksgiving
- Updated Italy makes a mark in south Bethlehem
- Updated Health Beat: Exercise during pregnancy