Agriculture

AGRICULTURE

Farming, Animal Husbandy and Fisheries

Hope 2 One Life supports revolutionary improvements toward agricultural sustainability in Uganda

 

Gardening was first introduced in 2009 for vegetable growing in the dry season. Drip irrigation taught with bucket kits bought from Chapin Living Waters. Seeds have been donated by Vision Beyond Borders and Hope Seeds. Drip irrigation continues each year with solar powered irrigation in two areas.

Sustainable Development through Farming and Drip irrigation,  Animal husbandry, and farm business training

Through the village health surveys and on the ground site visits/assessments by our teams since 2009 and with guidance and input from our partner organization,  Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD) formed in 2015, it has become clear that the subsistance farming in Uganda has seen poor farming practices, poor soils and at times drought, especially in the dry season. This results in the perpetual struggle to survive and extreme difficulties to feed their families. We strive to partner with them to bring programs that teach better farming practices to produce abundant crops even in small hectare plots, as well as drip irrigation and animal husbandry diversification and sustainability through farming business training.

Agape Training Center and Farm early development of drip irrigation, farming, vegetable garden and tree planting

The Agape Training Center and Farm is in development since 2019 after receiving 5 acres from the village.  It will provide on site training and demonstration Farming God’s Way, as well as animal husbandry training through IMO piggery, fisheries and bee keeping and boer goats. The vision is to replicate these agricultural diversification programs and provide trainings for all of the villages ACFD is mentoring in Northern Uganda. Farming God’s way training has been provided yearly since 2015 as well as a farmers business training.

Thanks to the solar powered deep well water system and storage tanks we have added drip irrigation in dry season.  This provides sustainable income for the farm and food for the workers.

All villages mentored in the PRESM model have recieved bucket drip irrigation kits of 1/4 acre.  Household drip irrigation bucket kits have also been distributed, along with seeds since 2009.

Palabek 1/4 acre bucket drip irrigation vegetable garden. Deep water well fills the buckets of water.
Palabek Drip Irrigation set up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope Seeds distribution

Nutrition is  taught while implementing vegetable gardening.  Village health trainers (VHT’s)  are trained in nutrition and maternal child health.  We teach about “Glow foods, Grow foods and Go foods” which are all included in the VHT manual.  As you can see the aspects of the PRESM model are all intertwined and important in the ultimate goal of a sustainable rise out of poverty.

Watermelon harvest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tomato harvesting. Fruits of drip irrigation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Applying mulch, “God’s blanket”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A successful micro – finance project raises a 1 acre bumper tomato crop in it’s first year! 2013 FEM Uganda – Canaan Farm – Rakayata village

 

 

 

 

 

Rice farm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farming God’s Way training

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hope 2 One Life has supported the goal of ACFD. Director Terence Acaye, Denis Odong and Bosco Tolit in learning the FGW program and sharing the principles with all of the villages they mentor and Hope 2 One Life supports in training.

Denis Odong, the farm manager of our new Agape Training Center and Farm.  His goal is to become a national facilitator for FGW Uganda and able to conduct future trainings at our farm. He is one of the board members and founders of Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD), the partner organization formed with the mentorship and financial support of Hope 2 One Life, Inc.

Denis Odong, ACFD Agape Training Center and Farm manager

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Farming God’s Way 

A science and conservation-based farming method.

Hope 2 One Life has invested in comprehensive training of our partner ACFD staff in Farming God’s Way methods.  We support all of our mentored villages in this training.

“Farming God’s Way is an amazing Godly solution to the food security and poverty crisis for the rural poor. 

Training goals include:

  1. Developing soil health
  2. Composting
  3. Precision garden layout and cultivation (minimal tillage)
  4. Pest and disease management
  5. Marketing
  6. and more
Farming God’s Way training 2015 – 2020. 92 farmers recieved this training. Facilitating better crop yields and income.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Introducing Farming God’s Way (FGW) to the community through each village community group members has been going well. We have begun planning out the season with the group members and implementing a community farming god’s way demonstration garden.  They are collecting inputs to be used in farming God’s way garden.

We have also begun to organize the farmer group into one recognized by the government. In the mean time the group leaders are in the process of registering the group with the district and opening a group bank account

The meeting was a huge success with more than 60 people from the community attending to learn about Farming God’s Way! The community members showed interest in more projects like fish and bee farming and  we shared from the book of John 17:20-26

We are so excited to be planting seeds for the season which are ground nuts!  We will use this to make sauce, porridge and other protein rich foods.
    – Denis Odong, ACFD farm manager and  FGW trainer report

 

 

 

 

 

Denis Odong, ACFD board member and farm manager writes:  “Generally, the first field on site visit was very fun because all the village communities I visited were very welcoming and they are much interested to learn more about Farming God’s way than I expected. I can’t wait to practically take them through the first growing season as we learn all the aspects of FGW and sharing the love of Jesus with them.

One of the group members of side by side Awere. He is one of the people who attended FGW training in Gulu and these are his words:
“Before I attended the training, I used to get poor  crop yields that could hardly support me and my family but after the training in Gulu, I tried planting a small garden of rice that yielded very well. This time am making compost to be used in my garden and also allow me grow vegetables which will pay me even more.  This way I will able to support my children with good food and have enough money to support them in school and pay medical bills. Thank you very much for taking me for the training”  – Oloya Walter

Thank you very much for the camping tent, this has made my work very simple because I can stay in the community for much longer time (days) than before (1/2 day).”
Denis Odong Farm Manager Agape Training Center and Farm. ACFD co founder

Denis’ goal is to become a national facilitator for FGW Uganda and able to conduct future trainings at our farm. He has been keenly interested in water, agriculture including drip irrigation and community development since we first met him in 2008. His mother carried him and other siblings and cousins out of the LRA war area to a safe haven at a young age, when we met him and started our pilot projects. He was sponsored in university and is one of the board members and founders of Agape Community Foundation for Development (ACFD), the partner organization formed with the mentorship and financial support of Hope 2 One Life, Inc.

Donations are needed to support ACFD’s mission and staff to achieve goals of increasing farming income and sustanability. 


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We were blessed to have Neal Ferhinger, a soils consultant, and his wife Rae, join us on the Nov 2015 mission trip.  His soils analysis along with introducing the Farming Gods Way program was invaluable to the farmers trained!

    Farming God’s Way

“As I planned on going to Uganda in  November 2015 to help them with their agriculture production, I was not sure what I would find and how I could adapt my world of fertilizers, farm chemicals, and high tech equipment to truly benefit them.  We started by soil testing fields or potential fields.  Nitrogen and phosphorus was low while potassium was high.  Soil pH was around 6.  Montana soil is generally around pH 8.  Crops grown are: maize (corn), soya (soybeans), ground nuts (peanuts), simpson (sesame), tomatoes, millet, milo, sunflowers, cassava, potatoes, and green beans.  Most people have a 1 acre field to supply an income for their family.  Average corn yields in the U.S. are 185 bushels per acre with some yielding 250-300 bushels per acre.  Corn yield in Uganda without fertilizer, which very few people can afford, is 20 bushels per acre.  They use in-bred corn varieties because they cannot afford hybrid variety, which must be replaced every growing season.  The same yield difference occurs for the other crops.  Most all field work is done with a hand hoe, instead of large tractors with climate-controlled cabs pulling implements.  After observing several fields, I could see that the biggest problem was weeds and allowing volunteer plants from previous crops to compete with the currently planted crops.  Since they cannot afford fertilizer and manure is in short supply, I shared the need to weed crops when the corn was 8 inches tall instead of waiting until it is 3 feet tall.  They must treat the weeds as thieves, stealing nutrients and moisture.  Simsim, millet, milo, and soya are usually not planted in rows.  In doing so, even 15 inch rows instead of 30 inch rows, weeding would be much easier.  Volunteer plants from the previous crop are also considered thieves, requiring crop rotation to break the disease crop cycle.

Hope 2 One Life has sponsored farmers to attend a 3-day class called Farming God’s Way.  The three principles are: no plowing, no burning, and do everything to the highest standard.  Plowing and burning reduces cover on the soil surface, thus increasing soil erosion losses.  With no fertilizer, production of the soil declines quickly when erosion is not controlled.  By mulching, instead of burning or burying the plant residue, soil temperature is cooler, weeds are less of a problem, and soil is held in place.   Farming God’s Way provides hope for increasing crop production while sustaining the land.”

                       – Neal Ferhinger, Agricultural Consultants

Soil Assessments
Neal and Rae Ferhringer. Soils consultant

 

 

 

 

 

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Fruits of their labor” 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Fisheries

 

The fish farming project goal, “better nutrition for vulnerable group in the community and farming income diversification for the community groups”.

In January 2020, Hope 2 One Life donated USD $ 3300 to Agape Community Foundation for Development; the money was meant for fish pond construction, stocking of fish in the pond, feeding of fingerlings and technical services and trainings. Two above ground fish ponds were built and stocked with catfish. Two in ground ponds were dug and stocked with Tilapia.  In August 2020 other funds were donated again for fencing the fish ponds, nets and fisheries supplies.                                 – Terence Acaye

Currently, 2 more in ground tilpaia ponds were dug (total of 3) to separate out the growing fish. 3 above ground fish ponds with catfish also constructed.

Fish have been given to the 18 identified elderly and vulnerable and disabled in the community and they loved it!

105 year old woman enjoys eating fish. An excellent nutrition protein food source.

Fish are an excellent protein source of food.  Soon they will be ready for harvest.

This vision is to replicate and teach fisheries in the villages mentored by ACFD and the PRESM community development model.


Digging the tipaia fish ponds
Tilapia 3,000 fish raised
fencing for safety the fish ponds
Catfish above ground fish ponds

 

 

Catfish

 


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IMO – Organic Piggery

 

Organic Pig Farming uses indigenous micro-organisms (IMO’s) to create and maintain a healthy bed litter for the pigs. The micro-organisms help break down fecal matter rapidly leaving a fertilizer rich material without  smells or flies.  Home made enzyme/microbe mixture also fosters rapid anaerobic digestion of waste.
Micro-organisms are all around us. They are vital to humans and the environment, as they participate in the Earth’s element cycles such as the carbon cycle and nitrogen cycle, as well as fulfilling other vital roles in virtually all ecosystems, such as recycling other organisms’ dead remains and waste products through decomposition. They are a key component of IMO piggery. They produce various materials such as antibiotic substances, enzymes and lactic acids which suppress various diseases in the pigs and also promote chemical reaction in the soil. The IMO system harnesses these beneficial properties to successfully raise animals and grow crops in the most low cost environmentally friendly way.

IMO piggery home

 

 

29 IMO pigs raised 2020

We now have 28 pigs on the farm! Some have been sold already to pay for their food and farm worker salaries.  The new grain grinder maize bran husks also help with making the pig cake right there on the farm.

 


 

African Boer Goat Breeding

African Boer goat project moved to Agape Training Center and Farm – Income generation project for VHT’s

The boer goat breeding project has new life and has been moved to the  Agape Training Center and Farm. Some of the castrated males have been sold for income. 13 goats were transferred and  85% crosses of the Boer goat with local goat for resilience in harsh climates have occurred this past year. This program is intended to raise income to sustain the VHT programs.  The goats are healthy and rely on clean water at our farm, minerals and abundant grass and foliage. A new goat house was built for them, as well as fencing. In 2021 there are now 18 goats after the females gave birth.

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Grain Grinder

The grain grinder machine is to support the grinding of maize for animal’s feeds and for human consumption in the farm.  It will also support the community by grinding their maize at a reduced price compared to others grain grinding in the community.

The grain grinder is also to support vulnerable group identified in the community by grinding their maize, 10kgs every month for free.

The grain grainer is also to generate some income to support ACFD activities in the farm and in the community especially in paying casual labor working in the farm.
   – Terence Acaye, ACFD director

 

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“Whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap” 

 – Galations 6:7

Agriculture depends on labor. You can’t produce crops if there is nobody to work on the farms.”

Annmarie Kormawa, African Rice Center