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Northland College Food Center Director Todd Rothe stands in front of the composting machine.

Northland College Wants Your Leftovers

Community Compost Program

…Lutheran Church, the Black Cat Coffeehouse and Superior ‘Shrooms to add their compostables to the ever-hungry maw of the composter. Yet there is still room for more, so the operation has also made it easy for bay-area residents to contribute their own compost, almost for free. “Almost” because the program…


The Latest REFund Projects

…projects—eco-reps program, recycling bins, reusable dinnerware, and hydroponic towers—funded and are waiting for them to be implemented. EMILY DONALDSON Major: Sustainable Community Development Project: Addition of an eco-reps program Why: Many college campuses have eco-reps programs that are predominantly based in residence halls. An eco-reps program at Northland College can…

Two people stand on Northland College bridge with composting buckets.

Compost Center

…Rice Food Center compost facility Mondays through Fridays 8:00 to 4:30 p.m. You must provide your own container to fill. Price is $0.50 per pound. Members of our household and commercial composting programs receive a 25% discount on finished compost. Household Bucket Compost Program Commercial Compost Program Purchase Compost Related…

Annin Judges Our Waters, Our Future Writing Contest

…to submit stories is February 1, 2016. Complete contest details can be found at The contest encourages Wisconsinites to envision a desirable future and participate in building that future through storytelling. Representatives from Madison Magazine, which will publish the winning story, will also be part of the judges’ panel….

Four eco-rep students outdoors

Eco-Reps at Northland College

…hope to host at least one event per month. “We want to engage the whole campus and inspire them in a fun way,” Zimmer said. If you are interested in volunteering or have ideas for the eco-reps, you can contact them through their email at or find them on…

Northland College Baldwin Commons


…with compost pails. Roughly 34,000 pounds of food scraps are collected annually from the cafeteria and residence hall kitchens. Food waste is brought to our in-vessel compost machine at the Hulings Rice Food Center where it heats up to 140 degrees and turns into a valuable fertilizer called compost. Since…

Todd Rothe standing in kitchen

Northland Announces Food Systems Center

…future of Northland College,” Miller said. Mitigating Climate Change with Compost Northland College currently composts 28,000 pounds of food scraps per year. Impressive, but with a new composting unit, it’s about to get better. The new unit has an input capacity of up to 1.1 tons of material per day—one-third…

Straw bans? Composting buckets?

Wisconsin Campuses Adopt Dramatic 'Green' Changes

At tiny Northland College in Ashland, on the shores of Lake Superior, most if not all students have a compost bucket in their dorm room or apartment. Once or twice a week, community residents, in addition to students, come to campus with buckets of food waste to dump in the…

Loon and baby on lake

Ethical Wildlife Photography

All bird photographers want that perfect shot, and sometimes they’ll go to great lengths to get it (read Audubon magazine’s feature). The problem comes when that pursuit jeopardizes the welfare and safety of the birds themselves. LoonWatch wants to make sure our contest photos are taken in an ethical way….

Northland College Food Systems Manager Todd Rothe

Todd Rothe ’10 Says Farmers Need a Plan

…were for real. How do you manage and prioritize the gardens, the farmers, the high tunnel, food processing, the entrepreneurs using the kitchen, the development of an academic program, and the compost? The compost alone is a full-time puzzle. Lists. I love lists and live by them. If you visit…