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The University Forest at Zena
Wrangling chickens and working the land define Zena summer experienceWillamette StoriesSeptember 5, 2012
Willamette’s Zena Forest and Farm provide inspiration for artistsWillamette StoriesApril 4, 2011
Student’s interdisciplinary research unlocks history of Zena ForestWillamette StoriesJune 1, 2011
Living Culture visits with Jennifer Johns and students from Willamette University, as they embark on a farming project. The university purchased 305 acres of farm and forest land in Polk County, 10 miles northwest of Salem, Oregon. The students created a small kitchen-garden on the south side of the farmhouse, and are working with a 1 acre field to grow vegetables for Bon Appetit - the food service provider at the university. Students are also engaged in other projects which include keeping honeybees, constructing a windmill to produce electricity, composting, and installing a rainwater harvesting system.
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Watch the VideoLiving CultureMay 10, 2010
Guide Gives Student Gardeners Tips on How to Sell, SucceedBy Patty Mamula, Capital Press (Copies available at the Center for Sustainable Communities)January 1, 2010
Students Take Art Lessons to Zena ForestWillamette StoriesDecember 21, 2009
Wind Turbine Generates Interest at Willamette UniversityBy Beth Casper, Statesman Journal (Copies available at the Center for Sustainable Communities)October 24, 2009
Student Research in Zena Forest Center for Sustainable CommunitiesDecember 9, 2008
Willamette University Expands holdings By Beth Casper, Statesman Journal (copies available at the Center for Sustainable Communities)November 1, 2008
Willamette University Extends Campus to Zena ForestWillamette StoriesOctober 31, 2008