Learning, Environment, Action, Discovery (LEAD): L.E.A.D. strives to create environmental service learning projects through partnerships between WWU and the greater Bellingham Community. Their hard work has been an enormous help in our never-ending quest to slay Himalayan Blackberry and other invasive species at the Outback Farm.
AS Environmental Center: The Associated Students Environmental Center is a hub for the environmental movement at WWU. This is also the home of the Outback Program office and our educational library. Visit us in Viking Union 424!
Fairhaven College: Fairhaven College forms one of the main academic connections to the Outback Farm, and supported the Outback long before the rest of WWU caught on.
Bellingham Food Bank: The Bellingham Food Bank strives to reduce hunger in Whatcom County by providing wholesome foods to those in need. They also operate the Food Bank Farm and the Small Potatoes Gleaning Project. In 2012 the Outback Farm is beginning an organized donation program to the Bellingham Food Bank.
Mount Baker Beekeepers Association: The Mount Baker Beekeepers Association is a group of hobbyist and sideliner beekeepers whose purpose is to promote the management of and interest in honeybees for honey production and pollination. They have been a huge help in establishing hives at the Outback Farm!
Sustainable Bellingham: Sustainable Bellingham promotes the creating of sustainable communities in Bellingham and the surrounding bioregion.
Transition Whatcom: Transition Whatcom is a community networking site for those interested in helping achieve a vision of resilient and self-reliant communities throughout Whatcom County.
Center for Local Self-Reliance: The Center for Local Self-Reliance is a demonstration site of urban homesteading.
Whatcom Food and Farm Finder: Learn where to get the best food in Whatcom County!
City of Bellingham Community Gardens: No plots available at the Outback? Check with the COB!
For the Aspiring Farmer
ATTRA, the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service: ATTRA is an amazing resource for beginning and experienced farmers. They provide a wealth of information free of charge, and have an incredible listing of domestic farm apprenticeships.
The Greenhorns: and the National Young Farmers Coalition youngfarmers.org: The Greenhorns and the National Young Farmers Coalition are non-profit organizations dedicated to supporting the growing movement of young farmers in the USA.
World-Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF): WWOOF is a world-wide network that links aspiring farmers with established farms to provide meaningful volunteer opportunities and cultural exchanges in organic agriculture.
Tilth Producers of Washington: Tilth Producers of Washington promotes sustainable agriculture in Washington State and has a great internship listing.
GrowFood: GrowFood connects farmers interested in teaching with people interested in farming.
The Evergreen State College Organic Farm: TESC in Olympia, Washington has one of the most recognized organic farm education programs in the nation. Fairhaven College students are eligible to join the 9-month farm program through the C.I.E.L. university exchange.
Cloud Mountain Farm Center: Cloud Mountain Farm Center is a 20-acre non-profit farm in Everson, Washington that offers educational workshops and internships for aspiring farmers. It was started by an Outbacker!