Local News: The Outback Farm
Below are sustainability-related news items throughout the Western Washington University and Bellingham-area. These items correspond to The Outback Farm.
Keep Calm And Plant On
Even though it’s still winter in the Pacific Northwest, now is the perfect time to start planning out your garden and the Outback Farm is a great resource for getting some help. “This time of year is kind of the time to start looking at seed catalogues and what kinds of plants you want to be growing,” Outback Coordinator Liliana Morgan said. “There’s a lot of seed catalogues that are specifically tailored to this area and will have all sorts of details about what kind of soil you need to have and drainage and whether it would be appropriate to plant in the space you’re in.”
Check In With The Environmental And Sustainability Programs
“Later in the quarter we’re planning to do an indigenous resistance event,” Normoyle said. “Our vision [for 2015] is a continuation of what we worked on since we started our jobs...being more inclusive in our programming and in who we reach out to.” On Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 4 p.m. Dhar Jamail, a journalist known for his coverage of the Iraq War, will speak in Commucations Facilities 110 on the issue of climate disruption. His talk, “Are We Off the Climate Precipice?” will focus on the science of climate disruption and mass extinctions that are currently in progress.
Outback workshop teaches seed-starting to students
The workshops happen every other week and are focused to give students a chance to be engaged in an outdoor learning environment. For Carlos, this was his first chance to lead a workshop, and was excited to share his knowledge with other students.
Outback Farm leaps into spring with planting workshop
To get students started, the Outback Farm is offering a free seed starting workshop on Tuesday, April 8 at 3 p.m. Associated Students Outback Assistant Coordinator Grace Coffey described the workshop as a hands-on introduction, aimed at those without a lot of experience. The workshop will educate people about starting seeds, transplanting and which soils to use.
Western’s Outback Farm wants happy chickens, new coop
During spring quarter 2014, Western freshman Cassy Brown hopes to build a movable chicken coop, called a chicken tractor, which allows the chickens to roam around the garden. The chickens help with the labor by eating the bugs and dead plants and till the soil.
New outdoor classroom for The Outback Farm
The classroom, a structure with a roof and no walls, was completed by Facilities Management in 2012 with funding from the AS Board of Directors. The space is also used for meetings and workshops as well as club gatherings.
Welcome To The Outback Farm
It was originally homesteaded by the Burn family where the farm sits today. Western later obtained the land and used it for the construction of school facilities and resident halls.
Students grow food for Food Bank at Outback Farm
This year the Outback established a new community partnership with the Bellingham Food Bank. With seeds and crop guidance from the food bank, the Outback created a dedicated production effort. Every Wednesday morning, students meet to harvest vegetables and send the week's bounty to the food bank for distribution to the local community.
Western's green thumbs
Outback Farm seeks new pavilion
The Outback is a joint program of Fairhaven College and the Associated Students that maintains five acres of land between the south end of Fairhaven College and the Buchanan Towers residence hall. The Outback is entirely coordinated and maintained by students in an effort to teach sustainable growing and land use methods to other students, faculty and the Bellingham community.
Fresh and Filthy: How young people are growing their own crops
Anyone can get involved with the emerging fresh farm produce on campus at the Outback Farm and in Whatcom County at nearby farms.
RECOGNITION & HONORS |
SUSTAINABLE ACTION FUND
THE OUTBACK FARM | RESRAP PROGRAM
SUSTAINABLE OFFICE CERTIFICATION
SWEATER DAYS | VIKING SUPPORTED AGRICULTURE | ENERGY & CLIMATE
TRANSPORTATION | WASTE
BUILT ENVIRONMENT | FOOD | WATER
CLEANING | GROUNDS | PURCHASING
HUXLEY | URBAN TRANSITIONS STUDIO
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY PLANNING STUDIO
RESEARCH | SUSTAINABILITY AWARDS