Karungi Camp’s aim is to make as many small impacts in the community as possible – we intend to start with a few little projects, have one or two of our neighbours get on board and join us .. and hopefully effects will slowly ripple outward. Our long term goal is to become a ‘demonstration’ camp where locals can come to learn new techniques – or see first hand, that it is possible to have delicious chicken meat from the local chicken variety or grow tomatoes without having to spray them …
THE ENKOKO EXPERIMENT
Phase (1) Goals – Edible meat from the local chicken breed and additional supply of local eggs to Karungi Camp
The local chickens are raised for their eggs, which produce a rich, thick yellow yolk, and are incredibly delicious. There is absolutely no comparison to an exotic egg!! The meat from the local chickens however, is incredibly tough, and there is very little of it, making it quite an expensive meal, and out of reach for most families.
The local chickens are let in the mornings, roam, graze as far as the day takes them (from a human perspective it would be the equivalent of a marathon!), and they wander on home at the end of the day, back to their roost. It solidifies the ‘chicken came home to roost ‘ proverb!!
So does a local chicken reared in a healthy environment, not fed mash, and has it’s movement contained to a grassy area – produce more edible meat? We here at Karungi Camp plan to find out ..
Why ask such questions, one might ponder, well that is actually quite a convoluted story, but goes something like this … Karungi Camp’s owner LOVES breakfast and is mighty disappointed if she is unable to get her hands on the local eggs for her breakfast! Until recently almost half the eggs Karungi purchased were from chickens nearby Lake Mutanda (approx. 15km from Rubuguri) – which is not supporting the local community in the way Karungi Camp has promised it will. So, how can we secure a constant supply of eggs for Karungi Camp guests (and owner!) at the same time supporting the local community in a better way. Lets get our neighbours to rear the chickens and we buy the eggs – terrific idea – what happens if it is not economical for the family and it costs more money to raise the chickens (mash is expensive!) than they earn from Karungi purchasing the eggs? Oh that won’t be particularly terrific for Karungi’s reputation of being for the community. So Karungi has decided to de-risk the situation, figure out the economics in-house and when successful, unleash the experiment into interested Rubuguri community members.
Terrific idea – however, I thought this experiment was about chicken meat – not supplying Karungi Camp with eggs?
Hahaha, true story – so now the decision was made to keep chickens, the question arose, how is it that the chickens could be made more economical – meat! Chicken is a delicacy in Rubuguri, as in order to locate edible meat, one must purchase ‘layer’ chickens frozen from nearby towns. These chickens are from Mbarara or Kampala and are coming from towns who constantly lose power also, so the meat is thawed, refrozen or often freezer burnt by the time it becomes available for us in the villages to buy … So wouldn’t it be a wonderful story for guests of Karungi Camp be able to eat locally raised chickens and eggs, and the owner of the chickens to open up a new income stream with a few modifications to a business they already have!
We plan to build a comfortable home for our future chickens out of locally available materials, complete with nesting boxes and detachable run.
After this experiment is proven to be economically sound, we will roll it out to interested community members.
Waste management is an issue that affects pretty much all of Uganda and makes the heart of most travelling mzungu’s cry out in agony (well it does mine at least)! The Ugandan community (in general) do not associate the collection of rubbish floating around their communities / homes / schools with their sense of pride in their tribe or country – a very different view point to western countries!
Karungi Camp are working to help the local community understand the importance of rubbish collection in their quest to become a tourism town!
We had a good discussion with local town council representative and fellow business owner recently about a potential project we could execute on with a few local families – simply testing the waters to see the support we can garner for conversations around rubbish collection, sorting and recycling – so lets see what happens there ..
Karungi Camp – we recycle almost everything we can …
~ food scraps are added to our compost
~ water bottles from our bar are currently (and very slowly) being made into a greenhouse
~ soft drink / soda bottles are donated to our neighbour who uses them for her fuel sales
~ tomato sauce bottles / liquor bottles from the bar are sterilised and returned to our honey producer
~ wood chips from the neighbouring carver’s are used as kindling in our fireplace / charcoal stoves / boiler
~ garden waste contributes to our compost
GROWING TOMATOES LOCALLY
In general tomatoes are not typically grown well in this area without the use of chemicals which are expensive. We here at Karungi want to see if we can create a healthy overall environment for our garden and to reduce the need for spraying of chemicals on our produce. Using the soil from our compost to improve the health and nutrition of the itaka (dirt) used in the gardens, creating our own organic fertilisers and to plant companion plants together so they are able to naturally fight off or resist common diseases / pests.
Updates of our progress are coming soon
THE GREENHOUSE PROJECT
Is it possible to use materials that are readily available locally and inexpensive to create a greenhouse? We are sure our tomatoes will like the greenhouse better than being exposed to the elements
Updates of our progress are coming soon
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