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two people raking around rows of vegetables at City Sprouts farm in Bellingham WA. It is a sunny day and they are busty at work.

Urban Farming

We are expanding how we cultivate community by stewarding a beloved Bellingham urban farm: City Sprouts Farm.  

Image of several students infront of green houses and working with a pile of organic matter.

Gathering around food is a universally human experience. The way we grow food, cook food and share food varies greatly from person to person and culture to culture. It provides a rich opportunity for us to come together, learn from one another, create ritual, and build more resilient communities. 

The Center for Community learning is developing place-based experiential programming focused on food production, food justice and farm education. These new opportunities and programs at City Sprouts Farm respond to WWU’s Sustainability Action Plan priorities, and the focus on equity and place-based learning in WWU’s Strategic Plan

   Beginning in 2023,  Ellie Duncan joined the CCL team, bringing with her over a decade worth of experience in sustainable farming, food access and food systems work. In the spring of 2023, the Center for Community Learning, with Ellie's leadership, began managing City Sprouts Farm, establishing partnerships with other food systems players, and providing opportunities for students to contribute to and learn about food access efforts, sustainable farming methods, and developing a connection with place through our food system. 

To learn more about City Sprouts Farm's story, projects and ways to get involved, see the website  below:

An image of studnets working in a farm infront of green houses.
In the summer of 2023 a group of six Western students spent 14 weeks working at two urban farms run by our farm manager at the Center for Community Learning. We spent a July afternoon talking and writing about what urban farming has provided to us. The words above were shared in this activity.
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