The Farm

SBVTC works with partners to manage a 375-acre farm near the school. Students are able to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the farm. They also have the ability to work on the farm while in school and over breaks to help reduce their school fees. A portion of the farm's profit goes directly to improving the school and helping students. Not only does the farm serve as a place to test innovative prototypes and generate income for St. Bakhita’s, but it also serves as a training ground for members of the community and aims to bring Kolongo, the students, and the school together through goods, services, and events. Every participant in the farm’s success also has access to training in supply chain, management and leadership, record keeping, and business skills. While a connection exists with the school and the local farm as an independent economic entity, there is potential to optimize the relationship between SBVTC, the local farm, and the community.

SBVTC works with partners to manage a 375-acre farm near the school. Students are able to apply the skills they learn in the classroom to the farm. They also have the ability to work on the farm while in school and over breaks to help reduce their school fees. A portion of the farm's profit goes directly to improving the school and helping students. Not only does the farm serve as a place to test innovative prototypes and generate income for St. Bakhita’s, but it also serves as a training ground for members of the community and aims to bring Kolongo, the students, and the school together through goods, services, and events. Every participant in the farm’s success also has access to training in supply chain, management and leadership, record keeping, and business skills. While a connection exists with the school and the local farm as an independent economic entity, there is potential to optimize the relationship between SBVTC, the local farm, and the community.

Challenge


While women in Northern Uganda are often the planters and keepers of the farm, men are more likely to be the head of the farm and make agriculture and business decisions. The challenge is to not only increase the productivity of the farm, but also increase access to education and opportunities for women to succeed in the agriculture space.

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Goals


Optimize collaboration between the farm, SBVTC, and the community.

Develop best in class agriculture curriculum that sets students up for success after graduation.

Generate revenue to support sustainable growth and promote the mission and vision of SBVTC.

Promote a culture of shared learning experiences in Northern Uganda.

Current Steps


Budgeting cost structure and identifying revenue streams to estimate profitability.

Developing best agriculture and management practices at the farm.

Designing a best in class agriculture program focusing on keeping Ugandan women at the center.

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