Farming for the future: sewing seeds of sustainability

Over the last couple of months lots has been happening on the six school farms enabled by a little bit of HOPE, and we wanted you to know all about it!

Here are some highlights:

Lughulu Primary School have established a new raised nursery bed to plant and protect vegetable seedlings from chickens and insects. Last year seedlings were lost to birds, locusts and goats, so the aim was for the raised bed technology to help prevent this. It has proven successful, as seedlings on the raised beds have become well established.

Pupils and parents have joined together to learn more sustainable farming techniques, which they can then apply to their gardens and farms at home.

Nabuyanja Primary School were able to use funds raised through selling amaranths (a nutritional grain particularly high in iron) to plough three acres of their school farm.

Four of the schools have adopted special agronomic methods of planting, such as row planting and using seeds that have a particularly high germination percentage. Sustainability and innovation is key to the success of this project, which is why we provide lots of training, as well as funds, seeds and equipment. Lack of knowledge is often the cause of failed farming – which is why our school farm programme aims to empower children and their parents with practical knowledge and guidance.

Chicken rearing on the farm is also proving a success. After a few challenges around the health of some birds, biosecurity has been improved and, with closer monitoring, this is now being addressed.

Lots of weeding has been taking place at Lughule Primary School! All of their crops have now got plenty of space to grow and are therefore establishing well.

Most importantly, our six school farms have continued to provide lunch for hundreds of pupils across Butaleja District. Remember, this isn’t an extra lunch, supplementing something they may bring from home. This is their only lunch – something children were going without before school farms were established. Having a meal during the day significantly improves concentration, helping pupils to perform better in lessons and fulfil their potential in education.

Thank you for your support that means we can continue to grow and develop our school farm project. Children are no longer going hungry at school, thanks to your ongoing support and generosity.