We understand that working lands should not only generate income for landowners but also harbor and maintain biodiversity, protect open space, provide local communities with a sense of place, maintain healthy ecosystems, protect rural ways of life, and mitigate the effects of climate change.

Our farm, forest, garden, and green spaces offer you the chance to explore and experiment with balancing these ecological goals with economic and social benefits. We’ll connect you to real world problems and solutions through experiential education and research focused on five solution areas: Climate Forward Agriculture, Food Justice, Land and Habitat Conservation, Ecological Landscape Design and Sustainability Leadership.

Student Opportunities

At Warren Wilson College, you’ll have exciting and innovative opportunities to engage with the Center for Working Lands throughout your academic journey. More than 60 of our current courses, spanning all disciplines, utilize the land for instruction and reflection. The option of working on the Forest, Farm, Garden, Ecological Landscaping or CORE work crews provide you with hands-on, real-life experience and leadership opportunities in all facets of our working lands. You will work closely with community partners, providing you networking and leadership opportunities with regional landowners, non-profit organizations and businesses, all while making visible contributions to our communities.

Cultivate Fellowship

The Cultivate Fellowship provides students with opportunities to weave their passions for climate, conservation, food justice and the environment into all aspects of their Warren Wilson College experience, creating leaders that can make a real difference in the world.

Working closely with the Center for Working Lands, you will embark on a path of experiential learning meaningful to you that is integrated into your college career regardless of major, community engagement, work, or research interests. By becoming a Cultivate Fellow, you can make a difference now and into the future.

Meet Our Students

For their senior capstone project, Harlow Higgins researched whether turbidity (or the clarity of water) could be an indicator of E. coli. They sampled the Swannanoa River over a year and analyzed the samples to determine whether there is a relationship between turbidity and E. coli, and how the findings compared to findings by the state. Upon graduation, Higgins has a job lined up with the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).