From 2009 to 2014 students and faculty operated a small farm at Willamette University's 305 acre Zena property ten miles northwest of our downtown campus. The farm primarily produced seasonal vegetables and fruit for the Willamette University community. In addition to the student-led farm, faculty developed an innovative two-credit, six-week summer institute in sustainable agriculture that immersed students in a residential experience at Zena studying regional food systems and food justice.
Zena Farm was developed as a living laboratory to explore and understand food production and regional food systems. Agriculture has ben practiced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. The farm has been a valuable educational and inspirational space for students and faculty from a wide range of academic departments at Willamette University.
Because of legal issues with the property and our federal and state partners, the University halted agricultural activities on the property in early 2015. These issues are still being resolved. Please see the February 2nd, 2015 Bearcat Bulletin for more information about this decision. For additional information please contact:
Joe Abraham, Ph.D.
Director, Willamette University Sustainability Institute