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Northland College student installing hoop house

Campus Gardens

…campus provides demonstration and research opportunities for our students without the burden of significant capitalization requirements. The Garden Program also provides many campus work-study positions, including garden production and garden planning and development. The gardens currently include: Larson Eco-Garden: permaculture and biodynamic principles. Memorial Perennial Garden: perennial culture, herbs, fruits,…

Northland College students in garden

The Campus Garden Crew

The Mino Aki garden crew of two—Danny Simpson and Sam Phelps—have been working to expand and improve the campus gardens this summer. Their experience in agriculture combined with leadership from the Food Systems Center director Todd Rothe and gifts from donors, have the gardens looking and producing at their best….

Sigurd Olson Speeches

…gift of Nature, but a beautiful life is a gift of wisdom.” How right he was. A beautiful life is a gift of wisdom. What we’re trying to do in this wild river study is to gain wisdom, wisdom on how to cope with all the technical problems confronting such…

Eau Claire solar garden, photo taken by PJ Nelson

In a Bold Step Forward, Students Purchase Solar Shares

Solar will provide power to CSE

Xcel Energy is expanding solar options in Wisconsin through their Solar Connect Community project. They already have more than forty community “solar gardens” nationwide, making Xcel’s community solar garden program the largest in the nation. The company has built or is building three “solar gardens” in Eau Claire, La Crosse,…

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…quality. But equally as important, eating regionally benefits the environment and supports the local economy. Working to promote a safe and healthy local food supply is a win-win situation for everyone. Our student-run campus garden, named Mino Aki—Ojibwa for good earth, provides fresh produce to our cafeteria too. The garden

Northland College students and alum prepare rain garden

Rain Gardens Provide Stormwater Storage

This past summer Nile Merton ’15 returned to campus to finish a project he started as a student, updating the rain garden at the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. At the same time, across campus, junior Shelly Ray started plans for a rain garden for the new Hulings…

SONWA winning books

SONWA Winners 1991-Present

Nature Books for Adults and Children

…• 2016 Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History, Dan Flores. • 2016 Young Adult. Hawk, Jennifer Dance. • 2016 Children. Journey: The Most Famous Wolf in the West, Emma Bland Smith with illustrations by Robin James. • 2017 Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field, Heather Swan. “Swan takes…

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

…Karl, Get Out of the Garden: Carolus Linnaeus and the Naming of Everything, by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Catherine Stock (Charlesbridge) Grades 3-5. Karl most definitely did not get out of the garden! This accessible and well-written book tells the inspiring story of the 18th century Swedish naturalist, Karl Linne…

Robin Wall Kimmerer

The Gifts You Bring the World

Robin Wall Kimmerer’s Commencement Speech | May 23, 2015 Bozho Shaapodskae gizhkokwe ndezhnekas Anishinaabe Bodwewadmi kwe ndaw. Migize doodem, minwa mko ddodem. Migwech kine gego gamizhang. Let us begin with gratitude, for we are showered daily with the gifts of the Earth, the air of a sweet spring morning, pure…

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Moore to Speak at 105th Commencement

Kathleen Dean Moore, one of the most provocative voices in environmental writing, will be the featured speaker at Northland College’s 105th Commencement. She will also receive an honorary degree as a Doctor of Humane Letters. “Moore’s work brings together the art of the essay, the wisdom of the natural world,…