“Whatever a man is sowing, this he will also reap”
– Galations 6:7
Farming God’s Way training
“Farming God’s Way is an amazing Godly solution to the food security and poverty crisis for the rural poor. Farming God’s Way is not just a technology but a well-balanced biblical, management and technological solution for the agricultural domain, equipping the poor to come out of poverty with what God has put in their hands and revealing the fullness of His promised abundant life” – Terence Acaye, Director of Hope 2 One Life partner organization Agape Community Foundation for Development and Agape Training Center and Farm
Training goals for learners/farmers:
- Demonstrate heart-felt concern for the poor.
- Demonstrate appreciation of ‘Kingdom Agriculture’ as a relevant transformational message.
- Apply biblical principles for ‘the redemption of the land’.
- Apply practical farming skills as God has revealed through His creation.
- Share the principles learned as a message of hope to the hopeless
“Farming God’s Way Infield Mentoring” – Feb 2-8, 2020
Denis Odong, the farm manager of our new Agape Training Center and Farm, attended the training. 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 is also the Farm Manager of the new Agape Training Center and Farm attended the training.
“Farming God’s Way technique” – Feb 17-19, 2020 Gulu
16 people from five village community groups mentored by ACFD and Hope 2 One Life attended the training with support from Faith Chapel, Billings via Hope 2 One Life, Inc. The farmers who attended were from the Kigumba/Kiryandongo region ( Rakayata, Katamarwa, Kampala and Mboira villages), Awere, Awal, Palabek. Rosa Mystica the rest home for elderly nuns in Gulu also had representatives who attended the training.
This training of Farming God’s Way will not only impart knowledge base, but a practical empowerment to the communities to bring about change in their life and prayerfully to become an agent of change in communities for the King and His Kingdom.
“Fruits of their labor”
Kampala Village – June 2020
Farming God’s Way in Vegetable growing – Jinja Dec 6,7 2019
All 3 board members of ACFD attended: Terence Acaye, Director. Denis Odong and Bosco Tolit. This training was sponsored by Faith Chapel.
The training was to build the capacity of the people who were already practicing farming God’s Way in their home or community, and to add more knowledge and skills in vegetable layouts and land preparation, composting and use of compost, planting seeds and seedling, Pest and disease management.
The training was very important for the directors of ACFD, because they are involved in training and supervising the workers in the new Agape Training Center and Farm, as well as the village community groups so that they can understand that Farming God’s ways technique.
2018 – 2015
Sustainable Development through Farming and Drip irrigation projects continue in all areas, including: Palabek, Opit, Gulu, Kitgum, Rakayata Village, Kampala village, Awal, Awere and Wipolo villages.
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! We have now facilitated Farming God’s Way training for 92 farmers!
Farming God’s Way
92 Farmers trained in 2016 – 17, including farming business training
25 Farmers trained in 2018
Hope 2 One Life donates funds for vegetable seeds twice a year and higher yeild/quality start up crop seeds with the goal to harvest and also save good seeds for the following year.
“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
Hope Seeds generously donated vegetable seeds for 100 families! Please visit their website: www.hopeseeds.org where they showcase their work. They are a non profit tax deductible oganization if you feel called to donate to their work.
Gardening continues and new micro loan project for large scale 1 acre vegetable garden project for the Women’s empowerment group for income generation after they were taught business training by partner organization.
Soils assessment started with the Winter 2013 team and plans for farming education underway.
2009 – 2013