Yesterday started with drizzling and we understood that our day was indeed blessed as the long awaited day had come in style.
We started with an assembly in the morning as we had prepared to do our best of the harvest the day before. The process started with sending for hoes as we normally do when we clean the compound and any other work dealing with cleaning and gardening.
We had to study first after assembly and we had to come out after break time to do our long awaited duty.
We planted our sweet during the dry season and due to this, we expected less harvest. We ware amazed to get into the garden as we had longly waited.
Meaning we had less hopes of harvesting some thing from the work of our hands.
We have been studying about root crops as a general school topic for this term, the head of all projects in the school had held conversations about feeding and crops in our locality.
In this we also talked about local tribal and cultural foods according to the people in Kafuro and the area around Kafuro.
Most of the people in Kafuro are Bakonjo who traditionally feed on Cassava leaves with ground nuts and cassava flour as a complete meal.
From this we had to discuss about different foods basing on different kingdoms in Uganda ie Buganda Kingdom, Tooro Kingdom, Bunyoro kingdom and others.
In this regard we are moved by the answers given by our counter parts in UK about special meals has it was presented by Katungu Eveline the leader of the Readers’ and writers club.
We were thrilled by the presentation whereby we can read and share the blogs with all the school members and our teachers. With this innovation we have formed a Readers’ and Writers’ club. This has also improved the reading skills of the pupils in the school and everybody is eager to join our group.
Thanks our friends and keep up with the spirit as we have learnt about life in UK in relation to life in our country Uganda. We have looked at the foods that you presented, it appears very delicious!!!! And happy that it is balanced according to food values.
Replying to your questions I would say that, we do not grow strawberries, asparagus and watercress here in Kafuro but we grow Cotton, onions, watermelons, tomatoes in large quantities.
When we contacted our teacher Yowasi, he says that all are grown in Uganda and but we have not yet grown them in Kafuro community. We have advocated if we can have seeds and planting materials we can try them in Kafuro as we also buy tomatoes and other planting materials.
Back to our interesting part of the story, the harvesting system of our sweet potatoes.
Sweet potato harvesting
Started with harvesting veins for further planting in the village as most parents were interested in planting our blend of sweet potatoes.
Then followed by uprooting the sweet potato as this was the most interesting part.
Formally as in our groups, some helped in splitting fire wood, some in washing to remove soil and make them clean for cooking as well as storage. This is what makes us feel very strong and proud as when you are hard working in our community, people will like you very much and one will always have food for his family and would be considered very wealthy and will have healthy children and a happy family.
As this would be considered to be Child Labour for some people who would do it very much and spend long hours and work for long hours. We are only entitled to work for 2 hours if we have too much work and 1 hour if we have less work to do.
In other areas around us, Most people are now harvesting onions, beans and our main cash crop which is coffee ( though prices have been reduced )
Having harvested our hard labour, some of our fellow members did the cooking and we had to enjoy the meal of our hard work.
Some intent in the gardening.
#. Learning from the type of crops grown its type, ways of growing, pests that attack them, how they can be harvested and be stored etc.
#. Sharing, we learn how to share with each other and relate very well as we eat together and have some socials hours together.
#. We learn to work hard in order to improve our skills and prepare our lives for the future.
#. We do practice in cooking and serving each other and this is also important in the community.
#. We learn to appreciate the work of our hands as our coordinator always states that we shall always reap what we saw.
#. We have leant to be cooperative as in working together and making assists to ones that need help.
#. Most important, we have transferred the knowledge to our community as we have copied from school and have planted different crops and have also trained crop rotation in our homes to improve soil fertility.
#. We have also learnt how to select best seeds/parts to plant and selecting seasons too.
We are also comparing with the harvests that were shown to us from Liss Junior School.
COMPILED BY THE READERS’ CLUB