AN EVENING OF AUTHENTIC AFRICAN CUISINE & LIVELY MARIMBA MUSIC
at RESTORATION OAKS RANCH to SUPPORT THE MIGISHA FARM IN UGANDA
Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, 4:30 - 8:00 P.M.

 

4:30 - Tour of Our Regenerative Farm
5:00 - Reception
5:45 - Dinner, Masanga Marimba
7:00 - Presentation, Q & A
8:00 - Close

 

2017 WAS A LOT OF FUN AND A GREAT SUCCESS FOR BARNABAS MESWIGA AND THE MIGISHA FARM. 
THANK YOU!

Proceeds from this annual event and other direct donations go to support our friend Barnabas Mwesiga and the Migisha Farm, located in the rural Mbarara District of Uganda.  Barnabas is a small rural farmer that uses his farm to teach local people how to raise food and cash crops and get them to market. His effort is giving people hope and building local economies.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Hosted at the Restoration Oaks Ranch every year in June, Wild Farmlands' African Dinner At The Ranch is an energetic fund raising dinner featuring lively African music and a presentation featuring the conditions, accomplishments and needs of Barnabas Mwesiga and the Migisha Farm.

The Venue

Restoration Oaks Ranch is a 955 acre cattle grazing ranch and UPick berry farm nestled in the wild oak woodlands of the Santa Barbara County. The ranch is located 4 miles south of the city of Buellton and 5 miles north of the Gaviota tunnel right off of US Highway 101.

The reception will take place in the ranch house courtyard. The meal and entertainment will take place on the ranch house lawn- including dancing if you are so inclined.... The presentation and Q&A will take place inside the ranch house after the meal.

The Food

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In 2018, we are pleased to announce that 
Chef Brett Stephen of High on the Hog Catering, Inc. will be preparing the meal. Chef Brett has worked at some of the areas best restaurants including Square One, Zen Yai, Bouchon, Epiphany, the La Cumbre Country Club, The Ballard Inn, Full Of Life Flatbread, and Industrial Eats. 

This year's menu includes Savory Fried Pastry (brought to Uganda by Indian immigrants), Muchomo (assorted skewered meats grilled over an oak pit), fresh fish wrapped in bannana leaf, Ebinyebwa (Ugandan beef and Groundnut Stew), and a fabulous Mandanzi with Blueberry Gastrique for dessert.

Click here to view the complete 2018 menu.

The Music

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Masanga Marimba (click and listen) are spectacular! We didn't actually know what to expect in 2017, but the atmosphere they created was joyous and reflected well the energy and attitude of the rural Ugandan people that we are supporting through Barnabas. 

 

 

2018 Needs and a Special Request

Please refer to the table below for needs noted by Barnabas and the Wild Farmlands board in 2018.

We would LOVE to bring Barnabas to Santa Barbara to join us in person, but we need transportation funds reserved in advance. Barnabas has already tentatively set aside 10 days for a visit and has a place to stay in Santa Barbara. If you can help, please use the tickets form and/or contact me directly at 805-868-0329 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 - Ed Seaman
   Executive Director

2018 BUDGET ITEM DESCRIPTION COST
Travel costs for Barnabas to Santa Barbara $1,500 
 Garlic Seedlings $1,800 
Chicken Droppings- 200 bags of 100kg each $400 
Mulch  $1,665 
Transportation for above  $500 
Fencing Materials $8,000 
Labor $1,200 
Constructing two 75 x 30 foot Shelters $1,500 
Gravity Water Pump $1,700 
Di-Grow Fertilizer, 2 5-Litre Jelly Cans $300 
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Total 2018 Budget: $17,000  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Accomplishments

Keep in mind as you read this that 2017 was a drought year in the Mbarara district, so priorities shifted a little bit. Barnabas traded with a friend for more farmland to grow garlic in Zirobwe, two hours drive from west of Kampala. Barnabas offered him a water pump, seedlings, manure, another worker, fertilizers and training for one supervisor. When the garlic crop is sold, Barnabas' friend will be, in his own words, "lifted up". 

With the funds sent to him by Wild Farmlands, Barnabas accomplished the following in 2017:

  • Obtained a seedling loan- $1,800
  • Trained and transported 2 supervisors (workers)- $50
  • Constructed a 20,000 reservoir- $2,400
  • Fenced the ponds- $3,500
  • Local transportation- $15
  • Repaired the Migisha Farm water pump- $42
  • Purchased used water pump for Zirobwe- $215   

EVENT TICKETS

We have 75 plates and 9 tables available for our 2018 African Dinner at the Ranch. Each table seats 8, and we would love for you to invite family, friends & business associates to join you at your table.

To order tickets, click on the button below to navigate to our secure online form. If you can't make the event, you can also use this form to donate to the Small Farms Conservancy, the Showcase Regenerative Farm and the Migisha Farm.

 

 

CASH & IN-KIND SPONSORS

We can't thank our cash and in-kind sponsors enough. If you or your organization would like to participate with us, please contact me directly at 805-868-0329 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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