Our new Peace Corps volunteer David McHolland held a meeting with farmer Abel and Field Director Pam Otali on the vernanda our Peter Stebbings-funded farm accommodation, soon after his arrival. He will be living in this house, which will shortly have solar powered electricity, part funded by an anonymous donor and matched by three of […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Last month we harvested our first honey from the beehives on our Kasiisi School Farm – 10 litres. Not a huge harvest but our hives are new and the dry season has been quite wet which affects the yield. It was a magical experience, very dark with wonderful […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
A road running down to the river, across the farm is now complete, graded, and with a murrum surface. This will greatly ease access to all parts of the land.Continue Reading... No Comments.
The Kasiisi Porridge Project farm is producing vegetables for the local market – peppers, bananas, cabbages, beans and eggplants. Next to soy and coffee baby mango trees have been planted . Bees are swarming on the new hives and chickens and pigs are healthy and productive. The feed mixer is working well and the farm […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
As with all our interns, volunteer agriculture student Dinah works on many aspects of the farm, learning and working hard. Gaining experience of an apiary will be helpful to both sides.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Abel, with help from the agriculture students Alec and Dinah from Fort Portal’s Mountains of the Moon University, break for a photo on the land which was slashed and cleared in January (2015) ready for the next step.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Police is a firm favourite with our farmers and visitors. He provides both company and security to the farm workers, and is well looked after.Continue Reading... No Comments.
UK visitors (family of Kate’s former teaching colleague Jane Marriott, on the right of the photo), currently working at Fort Portal hospital, were shown the farm by Elizabeth Ross in January. They were particularly impressed by the effect of the chicken fertiliser on the new growth of the maize, planted alongside one of the two […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Dinah and Alec, from the Mountains of the Moon University, Fort Portal, are currently working as interns, and staying in the new onsite accommodation, funded mainly by Peter Stebbings Memorial Trust. Their cooking gas is provided via the biodigester, built last year with the help of West Point cadets. The farm dog is called Police.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Some 30 hives on our farm have now been colonised by wild African bees.Continue Reading... No Comments.
Beekeeper Mujuni has agreed to give the Kasiisi Project 30% of the honey harvested. This should give the project at least 40 jars of honey if the colonies take a while to establish themselves and there is only one harvest, and more if he can harvest twice. Fingers crossed 2015 isn’t too rainy. Once the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Before Christmas, beekeeper Mujuni and two workers hung potential hives, and trapper boxes, in some of the farm trees, to attract wild bees. Putting the hives in the trees not only makes them more attractive to the bees, but also makes it less likely that other insects will colonize the hives before the bees do. […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
It is common knowledge that bee populations are declining everywhere, and so we are delighted to announce that The Kasiisi Project is now becoming a partner in bee-keeping in Uganda. We are now hosting beehives on our farm, working with local research scientists to trial “bee-fences” as a deterrent to crop raiding elephants and spreading the […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
The brainchild of volunteer Oliver Bradley (whose family generously donated the first 25 bikes) the pilot bicycle initiative is providing 25 girls from Kasiisi and Kigarama Primary Schools with bicycles, and teaching them to ride them. Buffalo bicycles, provided by World Relief Bicycles, are built to withstand the tough roads of Africa. All the girls will receive helmets, […]Continue Reading... No Comments.
Thanks to American volunteer Oliver Bradley, we have an exciting new programme to protect girls from sexual harassment , increase their access to education and to promote independence and self reliance: BICYCLES! During the long walks to school girls in particular are vulnerable to sexual harassment on the road,and the temptation, when you are tired, to […]Continue Reading... No Comments.