COVID-19 Response Outback
COVID-19 Outback Farm Response
COVID-19 has affected all of us - and of course WWU is no exception. Events were cancelled and classes were moved online for most of 2020 and 2021...but a majority of faculty, staff, and administration have now returned to campus! The pandemic has brought into high relief the need to have a strong community and resilient, local food systems. Safety protocols have been created and by all following COVID compliance, wearing masks, and physically distancing we can keep each other safe.
Outback events have now returned to campus and are open to all. Come join a work party – no preparation required! LEAD, an environmental service group on campus, also has work parties on the farm Mondays from 3-5pm.
Food Justice and Access
Food justice is a priority for the Outback, and our mission is for students to grow food for students. This has become even more critical in the face of a pandemic, exacerbating food insecurity and hunger in our community. The Farm is maximizing production of fresh, healthy, organic produce this year - and we'll be creating safe, zero-contact methods for making fruits and veggies available from weekly harvests as the season progresses. In the meantime, emergency food access has changed on campus at in Bellingham in the following ways:
- The WHOLE pantries in the VU and Birnam Woods have been closed.
Free food at weekly food pantry pop-ups! Come flash your student ID and pick up a meal kit (vegan and gluten-free options available) + a box of farm fresh organic produce every week on Thursdays from 12-2pm in parking lot 11G by Canada House.