The Mission of the Ankole Community Gardening Association is to build community by increasing and enhancing community gardening and greening across the communities in western Uganda
Ankole Community Gardening Association (ACGA) is an initiative of KEGRA and is a membership program, of churches, schools, organization of professionals, volunteers and supporters of community greening in urban and rural communities.
The Association recognizes that community gardening improves people’s quality of life by providing a catalyst for neighbourhood and community development, stimulating social interaction, encouraging self-reliance, beautifying neighbourhoods, producing nutritious food, reducing family food budgets, conserving resources and creating opportunities for recreation, exercise, therapy and education.
ACGA and its member organizations work to promote and support all aspects of community food and ornamental gardening, tree planting, seedling production, preservation and management of open space, and integrated planning and management of developing urban and rural lands.
The Association program supports community gardening by facilitating the formation and expansion of community, and schools community gardening networks; developing resources in support of community gardening; and, encouraging research and conducting educational programs using KEGRA Film Van in conjunction with the Ministry of Agriculture Resource Centre.
Ankole Community Gardening Association is registered as mentioned it’s an initiative of KEGRA and every community group is registered and supported resourceful where necessary by our CAT, the program accepts funding from donors that support gardening and the more support in terms of labour and land from members
The program towards ‘growing your own’ has developed in recent years in almost all the regions of Uganda with a number of private allotment sites, but community gardens or community allotment sites and a growing interest in organic gardening courses and composting has to be implemented, KEGRA is to work with churches to implementing this for the service of people to assist in learning and equipping Christians with skills in gardening, post-harvest techniques and organic farming.
Churches will be supported to establish garden and an annual competition will be on to nominate good examples in good communal gardening of the different food crops that are of importance in promoting food security
The programme aim is to promote the idea of communal gardening – community garden style, allotments or grow your own groups with residents associations, local authority and private and with peri-urban groups. As part of this the provisional trainings are conducted during church services and community meeting by our Community Action Teams (CAT) and refresher course in seedling production, at KEGRA nurseries, it is also proposed to evaluate awareness levels before and during the pilot period to assess awareness of a number of environmental issues. The training would include organic gardening, energy, waste and water management in the home and garden and promotion of Green Home and Green Communities programmes. As part of the pilot process, the benefits of the Communal Garden in terms of Environmental, Social and Economic aspects will be assessed. Possible outcomes will include a manual on lessons learnt, best practice and outputs. Issues such as, the barriers to use of public land and the availability of micro-financing will also be explored.