Situated just a few kilometers from the northern shoreline of Lake Victoria, the Kawuna community garden has been operated and managed by a community of young producers, who are also members of Slow Food Mukono Convivium, since 2009. Conceived as a youth learning and agriculture information center for sustainable cultivation of local and traditional crops, the garden also serves as a demonstration site to promote alternative livelihoods for young fishers from southern Mukono District. After winning the first runners-up award in the 2009 Go-Organic-CIAT Innovative Communities in Organic Farming Awards, the youth group grew the project by starting similar gardens in their homes. The gardens are planted with vegetables, fruits and tubers like yams, potatoes and cassava, and the majority of produce is consumed by the household, with a portion reserved for collective sales to local food restaurants and cooks in nearby Mukono Town. The main garden is also a place to share ideas and demonstrate innovative approaches to the community and visiting farmers, such as soil and water management, liquid manure and compost and tests for plant-based pest and disease control and seed saving.
Kawuna Village, Ntenjeru Sub County, Mukono District.