During my final week in Uganda, I went to the northern part of the country with Steve Swigert, agricultural economics consultant at the Noble Research Institute, and a group that came over from the U.S. to help build silos at Omer Farm. Alex was still here, so he was able to come and help, as well.
We started to build bins and silos for corn seed storage. It is amazing how much has been developed in the past couple of years since the farm began its development. The great thing about the farm is that it has been a means of employment for more than 70 men in the surrounding community and has brought a lot of life to a community that was once badly ravaged by war and the LRA.
We only spent four days up north, but Alex and I both agreed that it was one of our favorite parts of the two weeks he was here even though we were working from sun up to sun down. While there, we met a lot of wonderful people and got to experience the slower-paced nature of the north together. Alex became very good friends with a couple of guys who he worked with to put together the silos, and they were all very sad to say goodbye to each other. We were sad we couldn't stay longer but were happy we got the opportunity to visit the farm.
Alex with the friends he made in the north, David and Joel.