The ASUD community garden is located in Bajjo village, in Goma sub-county in the district of Mukono. The garden measures approximately half an acre and has five members. The garden is mostly used as a training site for women in the community who would like to find out more about vegetable growing and livestock management as well as business skills. This can done without becoming a permanent garden member. The main crops grown include cabbages, carrots, tomatoes, eggplants, onions and bananas as well as pepper, cassava, yams and fruits like passion fruit, papaya and jackfruit.
Since there is a community livestock project close to the garden, it is not difficult to obtain manure for making compost as well as the remains of plants used for animal feed, like calliandra. Currently, only animal manure from the livestock unit as well as dry leftover animal feeds are used for soil fertility management. The produce from the garden is shared among the participating families for home consumption, while the surplus is sold for re-investment into the garden. The most common pests include cutworms and aphids during the dry season as well as some brown grasshoppers. Efforts are made to intercrop plants like onions and peppers alongside other vegetables in order to repel these problematic insect pests as much as possible. There is a well-established underground water tank system used to harvest water from the roofs as well as a pump that helps distribute water for irrigation and other farm activities through the crop plots.
The garden managers have already set aside a space in the garden to use as a composting area, and plan to start the production of locally extracted organic pesticides once more knowledge is acquired from the future learning opportunities that come through the Slow Food Gardens network and other sources. The participants also plan to recruit more members to participate in the gardens project in the future.
Bajjo Village, Goma sub-county, Mukono district