What is Zena Farm?

Zena Farm is Willamette University’s student-operated farm and garden located on Willamette University's 305 acre Zena property in the beautiful Eola Hills eleven miles northwest of Salem. Since 2009 roughly one acre has been in production, growing annual vegetables and fruit for distribution on the Willamette University campus.

Zena Farm has been developed as a living laboratory available to students, staff, and Salem community members who wish to explore and understand food production. Agriculture is practiced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers, and through teaching these skills empower community members to start gardens of their own. The farm is also an educational space used by students and faculty from a wide range of disciplines including biology, history, art, music, environmental science, economics, math and politics. It has also served as a place of inspiration for musicians, artists, and others.


February 2, 2015: The University has determined that agricultural activities at Zena must halt to address legal issues with the property. Unfortunately, the Summer Institute in Sustainable Agriculture will not be offered in 2015. Please see the February 2nd Bearcat Bulletin for more information about this decision. For additional information please contact:

Joe Abraham, Ph.D.
Director, Willamette University Sustainability Institute
and Zena Forest & Farm
(503) 370-6482