The Alel elementary school is near Kitgum, in the north of the country. The school garden is about half a hectare in size and covers a flat plot of land inside the school structure.
The group of students who take care of the garden includes 20 boys and 20 girls, coordinated by the agriculture teacher and by the institute principal. At the busiest times of the year, they are helped by a group of 4 parents who help carry out all the necessary chores.
The garden mainly produces eggplants, corn and soy and is fertilized with manure and compost prepared by the students. Crop rotation and the sowing of nitrogen-fixing plants are among the techniques adopted to increase soil fertility. Plants attacked by parasites are treated with pesticides made by the students with local plants and natural ingredients.
Kitgum, Kitgum district, northern Uganda