WWU Fairhaven Residential Complex Living-Learning Community

Student working the land in the outback

WWU Fairhaven Residential Complex Living-Learning Community

Sustainable Food Systems

Are you interested in sustainability and environmental issues? Would you like to spend time in the garden learning about agriculture and food justice? WWU’s new Living-Learning Themed Community, Sustainable Food Systems, provides the opportunity to join a cohort of students living, learning, farming, and cooking together.

This Living-Learning Themed Community offers new, incoming, first-year, Fall 2019, WWU students an opportunity to live on campus in a residence hall community that integrates their learning in thematic, exploratory courses with their living experience on campus. The theme for this community in the 2019-2020 academic year is “Sustainable Food Systems.” 

Students in this Living-Learning Themed Community will live in the Fairhaven Residential Complex.  Through exploration, both in the classroom and through co-curricular activities, students will learn what it means for humanity to feed itself in a way that sustains our natural resources, promotes health, and insures access and justice for those who have been historically without access to good nutrition. 

Students in this Living-Learning Themed Community will enroll in academic coursework throughout the academic year, in addition to engaging in hands on work at the university’s Outback Farm. The Outback Farm is an award-winning experiential learning facility adjacent to the Fairhaven Residential Complex with over five acres of gardens, greenhouses, beekeeping, forest gardens, and ecological restoration sites.  Working with the student Outback coordinators and the Outback Farm Manager, students participating in the Living-Learning Themed Community will get their hands dirty, leaving how to grow food and prepare it safely and nutritiously. 

Coursework: Coursework will be offered through Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Huxley College of the Environment.

Click here for more information about the required Living-Learning Community coursework.

Eligibility: Any new, incoming, first-year, Fall 2019, WWU student living on campus during the 2019-2020 academic year is eligible to apply for this program. Admission to Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies is not required to participate in this Living-Learning Themed Community.

How to apply: 

Step 1: Apply for University Housing through their online application

Step 2: Indicate your interest in the “Sustainable Food Systems” Themed Living-Learning Community Program on your housing application.

Step 3: Send an additional email to Fairhaven.Admissions@wwu.edu including your name, Western ID#, and a short paragraph (150-200 words) explaining why you are interested in being a part of this community and how it will contribute to your educational goals.

Note: Admission to Fairhaven College of Interdisciplinary Studies is not required to participate in this Living-Learning Themed Community.

Scholarships Available:  Scholarship funding is available for first-generation, Pell Grant eligible, Fairhaven College students participating in this Living-Learning Themed Community. To signify your interest in this $2000 scholarship, please let us know of your interest in your Living-Learning Themed Community application email to Fairhaven.Admissions@wwu.edu to be sent additional information.