The Outback Farm

The Outback, a joint program of the Associated Students and Fairhaven College, is a 5 acre farm and wetland restoration site. The purpose of the Outback OELP is to coordinate a wide range of opportunities for students to learn about, develop and implement sustainable land use practices. These opportunities include personal and collaborative events and projects involving habitat restoration, organic gardening, green building, academic partnerships, independent study projects (ISPs), workshops, lectures and classes.

The OELP also provides job-related skill building and community networking opportunities for students. These include serving on the Outback Governing Council, volunteering, and participating in work-study and salaried employment.

To promote harmonious living in the community and environment
through experiential education, service learning, and celebration.

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The Outback Farm Story

Since the 1920s our small valley on the south end of Sehome Hill has been deeply rooted in small-scale agriculture. In 1972 students started farming in the valley, and since then the Outback Farm has been a hub of experiential agricultural education at WWU. Surviving threats of development and frequent student turnover, the Outback now thrives as an officially recognized WWU program. Together, Fairhaven College and the Associated Students support the farm, which strives to inspire students towards sustainability and self-sufficiency through concrete training and experience in agriculture.

Work Parties / Volunteering

Outback Work Parties:
Be sure to stop by our volunteer work parties, every Sunday from 11am - 2pm. Learn about growing food, work in the dirt, and take home delicious vegetables. All are welcome!

So you want to become an Outbacker...
The Outback Crew is the backbone of the Outback Farm. Open to both work-study students and dedicated volunteers (potentially for ISP credit), being a part of the OB crew is a great way to gain hands-on experience in small-scale agriculture, learn about native habitat restoration, and join a community of the most excited and dirty students at Western Washington University.



Tools & Information

Services & Programs


Coordinator: Eric Nelson, | (360)650-2433 | VU 424

Assistant Coordinator: Lauren Caster, | (360)650-2433

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