The Outback Community Garden is comprised of over 40 individual plots. They are available free of charge to students, staff, and faculty, and community members on a first-come, first-served basis. To be eligible for a plot, individuals must commit to tending it throughout the summertime or have a plan to pass on responsibility to a known party. No prior gardening experience is necessary and experimentation (so long as it is organic!) is encouraged. For more information or to register for a plot contact the Outback Assistant Coordinator: AS.Outback.Assistant@wwu.edu
As an educational farm, we strive to model what working farms must focus on – productivity. The Educational Garden is a small-scale, collectively-managed demonstration in productive organic agriculture. Volunteers, academic groups, and the Outback crew all help maintain the Garden with the guidance of the Outback Coordinators. Food is grown for Outbackers and volunteers, and 2012 marked the beginning of an organized donation program for the Bellingham Food Bank. For more information contact the Outback Coordinator: AS.Outback@wwu.edu or 650-2433.
Located in the southeast corner of the Outback, the Forest Garden is a fledgling food forest full of fruit trees, berry bushes, native plants, shrubs, flowers, and annuals. Forest Gardening is an innovative style of agriculture focused on mimicking natural forest ecosystems in the production of food. For more information contact Jessie Gifford: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Herb Garden and Ethnobotany Garden
The Herb Garden is host to a variety of perennial and annual herbs, and is located at the north entrance to the Outback. The Ethnobotany Garden is terraced above the Educational Garden and is used by Fairhaven College’s Ethnobotany students to cultivate plants that have unique relationships with humans. For more information on the Herb Garden contact Emily Brodie: email@example.com. For more information on the Ethnobotany Garden contact John Tuxill: John.Tuxill@wwu.edu.
Running down the center of the Outback is a small tributary of Connelly Creek, which is surrounded by a 0.6 acre wetland. The restoration of this area has been a cooperative volunteer student effort since the early 1990s, and the wetland was officially designated in 1994. Outbackers, Huxley and Fairhaven academic programs, and LEAD continue to maintain the wetland as a healthy riparian ecosystem. Contact John Tuxill John.Tuxill@wwu.edu or the Outback Coordinator AS.Outback@wwu.edu for more information.
Outbackers and WWU Facilities Management completed the Outback Amphitheater in the spring of 2010 with the help of students, WWU Facilities Management, and funding from Fairhaven College. The Amphitheater is a perfect space for community gatherings and outdoor events, including concerts, movies, and theater. Any WWU club, class, or academic program is welcome to use the space, please contact Susan Pogreba in the Fairhaven office to make a reservation: Susan.Pogreba@wwu.edu or 650-3680.
The new Outdoor Classroom was completed in 2012 by WWU Facilities Management with funding from the Associated Students Board of Directors. Outbackers use the space to host workshops, hold meetings, and to occasionally take a break from mud and rain. Any WWU club, class, or academic program is welcome to use the space, please contact Susan Pogreba in the Fairhaven office to make a reservation: Susan.Pogreba@wwu.edu or 650-3680.
The Upper Greenhouse was completed in the 1990s by Outbackers, and is used as an educational garden growing space for hot weather crops and winter gardening. The Lower Greenhouse was completed in 2010 with funding from the Associated Students, and is used by the educational garden crew and community garden members to start plants from seed and grow produce throughout the year.