Buy a Bush fall fundraiser for the Outback Farm
WWU is unique in that we have a farm right on campus! For 48 years, the Outback Farm has created an opportunity for experimentation, learning, reflection, advocacy, and agriculture. We feature permaculture practices and are home to community gardens, chickens, crop production rows, a teaching apiary, bat boxes, vernal pools and a delineated wetland.
We’re a student-driven farm with a staff of employees and teams of volunteers, hosting an average of a dozen classes a year. Our program welcomes all students to engage in ecosystem restoration, community building, and food justice as they learn about the importance of farming for empowerment, resilience, and health. The Outback was recently named one of the top 40 ranking college farms in America by CollegeRanker.com.
The Forest Garden
Two acres of our campus farm are a dedicated food forest – a method of cultivation that is great for the environment through building soil, banking carbon, and creating habitat for pollinators and wildlife. We grow a blend of perennials that generate fruits, nuts, fiber, and herbs, including pear, shipova, apple, quince, and plum trees. We also cultivate filberts and chestnuts, as well as cold-hardy kiwi, grapes, and nine kinds of berries. The produce we gather from the system goes directly to feeding students who need access to fresh, healthy food.
This agroforestry site allows us to teach about concepts like systems design, permaculture, no-till agriculture, and traditional, multicultural systems of food production. But unlike a traditional classroom, students can see and experience these concepts in an established system – and then get their hands dirty through planting, harvesting, processing, pruning, and composting.
Food forests, when established, are fully functioning ecosystems and only require regular maintenance. Without enough desired plants, however, we can weed and weed and never really get the upper hand on the space. A fully functioning food forest requires a lot of plant material! We need your help to fill our beds with beautiful, productive, perennial plants.
By making a donation to the Outback Farm, you are directly helping us build a beautiful, sustainable, productive food forest to be enjoyed for generations. You become part of our team as we inspire students to engage with agriculture, the environment, and a resilient future. We look forward to sharing photos, videos, and updates of our progress with you.