How the UCF Began:
When we had just gotten the idea of the UCF back in 2013, our goal was to get at least 50 – 100 acres and develop a large community farm, ideally the first of its kind in our region. Hence the name Uganda Community Farm. The goal was to work with many other poor farmers (on the same land) to grow food, transfer new skills, and market our produce under a single umbrella. Back then, our founder Anthony was reeling from abject poverty and had no land. No other local farmer had free land to offer either. Anthony thought he could secure the needed land through a fundraiser.
After failing to secure the 50-100 acres, and securing only 12 acres instead, we had to change our originally envisaged business model, but kept the “community farm” name. Our goal, too, remained the same: working with many fellow poor farmers to produce specific crops that we could pool and market together, to access better markets. That is the UCF’s goal even today. Many of the farmers we work with are chronically poor, and can’t afford to get started on their own. So, the UCF also directly supports the farmers we work with. To learn about our business model, see our “About Us” page.