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Gudie leisure farm in brief

November, 2009
Background:
Gudie Leisure Farm is an integrated enterprise on 14 acres of land started in 2002. It is located in
Mukutogumu village, Kiira town Council - Wakiso district. The farm is 15 minutes drive away from Kampala
city center (14km) and is adjacent to the tarmac road through Najeera to Kira.
Vision:
The farm’s vision is to become a pioneer peri-urban integrated leisure farm in Uganda.
The objectives:
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To promote interactive integrated agricultural education
To advance leisure for fitness
To facilitate reflection for purposeful living
To demonstrate appropriate technology for renewable energy
To showcase alternative and innovative ways of generating income from farming

Four ways to enjoy Gudie leisure farm:
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Visiting
Farm membership
Participating in special events
Buying products

1. How GLF promotes interactive integrated agricultural education
Gudie leisure farm offers farm tours to the different enterprises. In this tour you will interact with our animals
that you are comfortable with like cattle, goats, pigs, rats, rabbits, poultry birds, donkeys and fish. You will
also interact with our mushroom and vegetable gardens and nursery. As a special treat we shall give you
an insight into our renewable energy option. The full tour is hoped to last 3 hours, however you can opt for
a shorter version of one hour where you risk missing out of some interaction. When you through with this
tour you will also have done some workout that will contribute to your fitness. Hope you are dressed
appropriately to enjoy the farm.
TOUR DESCRIPTION
The tours are theoretical or practical depending on the visitors’ choice. A practical guided tour around the
whole farm is expected to take approximately three hours as shown in the table below:

working the soil and animals. harvesting and any other activity depending on the season. In the recap session visitors have an opportunity to build the farm by giving constructive ideas to improve their future experience. We can customize your tour to cover any farm-related activities you wish.ACTIVITY TIME/MINUTES Welcome and introduction 20 Meet pork in the making 10 Have fun with the goat family 10 An insight into your kitchen garden 10 Meet the inhabitants of the hatch 10 The living transporter (donkey) 10 An enemy turned friend (rat) 10 Your mushroom in a bag 10 The farmers’ magic key (cow) 20 Meet the locals and exotic (poultry) 10 Waste to wealth (renewable energy) 10 The fisher you can be 20 Recapitulation and conclusion 30 Participatory visits to individual units reflect different activities such as planting. These talks are geared to the age of the visitors/students. Please note the farm also arrange week long training for groups to get a full view of the practical management of each enterprise at a fee and on appointment During the recap session visitors and staff will have a talk on organic agriculture. These tours last 3 hours and are scheduled for a homogenous group at a time (One class ). Gudie leisure Farm Staff is available to help visitors capture the experience on the farm since we learn best by being actively involved. age. and allow for lots of questions from students and adults. .

we do have a spacious and comfortable hall where we can fruitfully continue a tour should there be a down-pour. Inclement weather: Life on the farm goes on regardless of weather. A group can book a field for a particular time. We have a morning. Available for higher are bicycles of all sizes from baby to adult. Activity workbook: To guarantee interaction a workbook has been designed for you for individual use.Faculty of Agriculture. Geography. This is a stretch of 1200m long and two meters wide. Alongside the walkway are flowers and water in a manmade channel (canoes) and in a natural stream) this gives the walkers a good ambience that facilitates reflection and relaxation. the farm offers the following different leisure for fitness activities:    Foot/net/volley ball The farm has enough open green space to facilitate all ball games. Please plan on arriving five to ten minutes early Internship: The farm offers internship for students of the relevant fields e. Leisure and hospitality. couple and an individual. It can be obtained at a fee and it is your personal property. mid-day. You can also ride on donkeys. A solitary tour can also be provided with our audio technology. farm schools and universities . There also facilities for a coach. rain jackets and hats. we will have to shorten your tour. Explore your riding potential or have fun depending on your taste.g. What to Bring: Visitors should bring either boots or shoes that can get muddy. Days and Times of Tours: Tours are available five days a week. Ecotourism. 2. You can also take the farm with you by buying our audiovisual version of the tour. Walking/jogging/running There is a provision for a walkway for a group. Donkey riding and Biking The farm has a provision of three meters wide and 1200 long for bicycle riding. from the fisheries institutes. If you are late.A theoretical guided tour around the farm is expected to take an hour. Depending on your tempo you can walk it several times. How GLF advances leisure for fitness Apart form the walk during the study tours. Rarely is it so bad that we can’t conduct a tour. In the near future the farm will provide walking/ jogging shoes and uniform for hire. The walk takes you all round the farm seeing all the provisions of the farm while you exercise. Lunch and Snacks: You may eat lunch or a snack in a covered area at the farm at an extra cost. Please book your convenient time in time. Balls are available at the farm and movable goal posts can be provided on request. . The farm provides for interns to put their theory into practice. Be on Time!!! It’s really important for all of us to keep on schedule. and afternoon time-slot.

through a guided discussion they outline challenges that face the category. In attendance is a full time play area attendant to ensure safety of the children as the parents enjoy the farm. There are fishing gears and a guide to help you achieve it. Individual members of the think tank implement the tips and draw lessons which are later shared with the group.  Drum rolling and water pumping Among the manual fitness provisions of the farm is drum rolling and manual water pumping for fun. swings. loaders fit your choice and suit your children’s interest. the farm brings together people who wish to use writing as a platform for communication. Your license also allows a chance to carry your own caught fish home. Canoeing Gudie leisure farm has three separate canoe channels with 10 canoes to your disposal. the farm also facilitates reflection through think tanks. At the end of the tour we will have burnt some carolies. ordinary climbers. Full time guides are available to canoe you or train you to do it yourself.    3. lower secondary. jumping castle. Writers Think tank To motivate a writing culture in the Ugandan population. demonstrate and prioritize practical tips. These are in different age groups (Upper primary. through a series of discussions they generate. These bring people together of similar interests. Fitness think tank To stimulate more interest in fitness for its accrued benefits.  Childrens play area The farm has created a children’s play area with enough of the following monkey climbers. The time is limited by your ability.   Cart riding Carts with a well protected cart track are available at Gudie leisure farm they are limited to children of 10 years and below. The publications are sold and the think tank members and the farm share the profits Types of think tanks: a. In each meeting. A think tank meets monthly for about a year at minimum. You are free to enjoy the ride alone or in a group. The tank evaluates the most applicable tips that are documented in detail and published. a think tank is in place to discuss how to make fitness for leisure more rewarding. They are in different kids: motobicycles. slides. upper secondary. However. Soon coming swimming The farm will have a pioneer naturally cleaning swimming pool of Olympic size soon. seesaw all at the disposal of your children of age. To stimulate writing they arel be guided to handle writing projects that give them experience in the . Farm tour The farm tour that last at minimum three hours is an in built fitness program. Later. How GLF facilitates reflection for purposeful living The farm environment is quiet and suitable for personal reflection. On call is a nurse incase of any eventuality. tertiary institutions and the community). jeeps. merry go around. Fishing At Gudie leisure farm you can catch your own fish and have it prepared for you and you eat it. cars.

entertaining books and plays.g. educational books. Young entrepreneurs The farm wants to create a cadre of youth to showcase unleashing the potential within reach to create more jobs. journal articles. inspirational books. tertiary and out of school). planning and management of an enterprise (action and business plan) and evaluation (performance contract). d. These bring together different age groups (Upper primary. 51-70) are brought together to image themselves in the new millennium so that they make a significant contribution in development. Youth think tanks Considering that the youth are most of the time at school. instructional books. music and poems c. lower secondary. they each think tank will read a book per month then meet to discuss guided by a schedule and pick another book for the next month. They will also be orientated and given tools for reflection for purposeful living (lifetime line. h. To stimulate reading skills. news paper articles. Family think tank Family as a unit (Mother. The reading material may include bibliographies.different types of writing e. upper secondary. Singles Single young men and women will come together for a socialization process to help them meet each other. Parenting think tank To make parenting more rewarding. upper secondary. 31-50. learn and practice tips of courtship. father and children) is an important entity is society. Home makers . information searching (value addition and innovation quest). database of projects and a manual of implementation of small scale projects. lower secondary. Each is required to report their progress to the farm for 2 years. news paper articles. a family think tank has been proposed. The publication of this think-tank includes their innovations in the different projects and mentees. Women imaging themselves Women in different age groups (18-30. life experience. journal). teens. a think tank on fitness is instituted. Fitness To instill the culture of fitness for health. fiction books. journal articles. grandparents) to agree on working strategies. more wealth and a sustainable quality of life. Parents for different age groups are put together (0-10 years. Each participant mentors five more youth in five years to do the same through collaboration on the project. j. tertiary institutions and the community). educational books. entertaining books and plays. g. instructional books. fiction books. f. Readers think tank To motivate the information searching culture the farm has a think tank in form of a reading club. their think tanks are organized during holidays as camps. a parent’s think tank is constituted. At Gudie leisure farm (GLF). writing bibliographies. the youth have a hands-on exposure to 18 integrated innovative enterprises. These are organized for different age groups (upper primary. life experience. To ensure that a family lives a fulfilled and planned life. music and poems b. fitness and nutrition. Apart from the physical participation in the fitness activities they also engage in scientific understanding of the health. inspirational books. e. i.

The garden venue can sit up to 10. reflection. the farm is still researching the possibility of harvesting wind energy. How GLF showcases alternative and innovative ways of generating income from farming The farm believes that there is no reason to settle for less when you can get more? Gudie leisure farm www. Seize the opportunity.com with the objectives of promoting interactive agricultural education. Organized group retreats . Art. demonstration of the use of renewable energy and innovative farming has demonstrated that agricultural in an ecosystem does not only keep the environment clean however . At the moment the farm demonstrates the production and use of biogas for cooking and lighting. water and solar energy. Prior notice is required to ensure specialized arrangements. Then also demonstrate practical ways of turning waste into wealth through recycling.To ensure that a home becomes a pleasant place to be. Garden venue for a big number of guests (wedding. The farm is currently being wired to be able to exploit solar energy for its lighting. 5. l. wind. How GLF demonstrates appropriate technology for renewable energy The farm intends to demonstrate use of biomass. craft. There is still room for development of this objective. There are sites at the canoe channel island and fish pond banks for private reflection in group or as an individual. This makes use of all types of waste to recycle it into a commercial product. Farmers think tank This brings practicing and intending farmers to experience the innovation in farming at Gudie leisure farm and put them into practice in their own farms. k. a homemaker’s think tank has been proposed. music show. exhibition). leisure for fitness.000 persons.gudiefarm. m. recycling and value addition Through art and craft a think tank for recycling and adding value is constituted. 4. Soon biogas will be used to run a generator. Marriage love builders think-tank This brings together married couples and those intending to marry to devise means of making marriage rewarding for each partner. A water dam has been constructed and soon a turbine will be installed to provide hydro electricity.webs.Groups are encouraged and arrangements are in place to make their visit rewarding and memorable. This brings together home makers to have a resource of ways of improving their homes.

Our chicken droppings are fed to the fish and the pigs. pigs. When we slaughter chicken we also feed the offals to our fish. We are open to the public for mentorship. The droppings help to fertilize the fish ponds so as to support the growth of fish food. We give this to our plants. We are able to get biogas for lighting our chicken house and also for cooking our food. at Gudie leisure farm we make our visitors learn our secrets so that we can be a network of innovative farmers. vegetables and fruits and grass apart from using most of them at the farm. Plants e. This makes us preserve the trees that would have otherwise been used for firewood. They can produce more health off springs that can then be fed back into the ecosystem. a money maker for the farmer and a food for other segments. rabbits. This increase plants that can utilize carbon dioxide. stimulation to take up innovative farming and consumption of our . donkeys. donkeys and rats). Plants that are not eaten or sold are fed to our animals (chickens. Plants Animals Slurry from biogas Animal droppings Biogas Since 2002 the farm is open to the public and each segment of the ecosystem in a lesson for the public. cows. The droppings (urine and feces) from goats. the nursery makes them available in great numbers to other people. cows. This provides a protein source. Our animals among other products they give us their droppings.g. goats. We have found this a very valuable resource at the farm. flowers for beautification. This connects the ecosystem. Again we also use the greenhouse gases for our cooking and lighting thus reduce what would have gone into the atmosphere. exposure. rabbits and pigs are fed to our biogas digester. A candle loses nothing by sharing its light. From the droppings we also get slurry.gives more avenues for income and reduces costs on individual agricultural enterprises. fish. trees for shed. Excess cow dung is also used to produce charcoal balls which are used for cooking.

For example: Biogas is a needed alternative source of energy especially in Africa where we still generate a lot of residues due to being primarily agriculturists. It can be used for cooking and heating rooms for animals. The farm stimulates business ideas in farming that are built on sound environmentally friendly principles. Uganda as a country through the different ministries and institutions promotes the different aspects of our ecosystem as separate entities. Fuel energy remains a needed resource. Any bio waste can be transformed into biogas. Nursery growing is also a good business opportunity that has the potential to improve the global environmental ecosystem . This can be used for lighting that eliminating the smoke in our kitchens and homes.products at a fee. Charcoal balls from dung are also another source of heat energy for cooking. This makes use of the waste while saving the trees that would normally be used for firewood and charcoal. The biogas can also be used to run generators that can in turn supply power to heavy machinery like fridges and the like.