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Todd Rothe standing in kitchen

Northland Announces Food Systems Center

Todd Rothe of Marengo to Manage Center Three years ago, Northland College set a goal to have its cafeteria serve 80 percent local food by 2020. The College did not want to start a farm or to compete with farmers. “We wanted to work with growers to expand the regional food economy,” said President Miller.…  Read More …  Read More

Carrots

Food Map

We believe in our community’s capacity to grow food sustainably as a source of wellbeing for our residents. We partner with farmers who care for the long-term health of the air, soil, and water. We believe that what we do today affects the future health of the planet and future generations. This map captures Northland’s…  Read More

Northland College student installing hoop house

Food Is Everything

Danny Simpson '18, Assistant Manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center

Danny Simpson ’18 worked on his aunt’s organic farm for six years before coming to Northland College, where he has played a major role in the food scene on campus—from managing the gardens to leading food and sustainability initiatives to catering art shows and parties.  In April, he was awarded the Student Affairs Division Outstanding…  Read More …  Read More

The Chequamegon Food Coop at night.

The Language of Local Foods

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 manager at CFC

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 grew up in the apple capital of New York state, near orchards and dairy farms. As a child and a teen, she bagged food alongside her parents at their local food cooperative and spent time with her grandfather who was the president of his dairy cooperative. Van Beest chose Northland…  Read More …  Read More

Two people stand on Northland College bridge with composting buckets.

Compost Center

Student volunteers initiated the campus composting program in 1993. Today, our compost program is still lead by work-study students who manage every aspect, including daily food scrap collection, monitoring the biological process, and final distribution. In the past year alone, we’ve turned 96,000 pounds of campus, community, and business food waste and organic material (leaves,…  Read More

Northland College student repackage leftover food.

Larson Food Lab

The Don R. and Carole J. Larson Food Lab represents a milestone in local food infrastructure as the region’s largest food processing facility. The food processing facilities are structured to function not just as a certified kitchen, but also as a laboratory for student education, research and discovery, and as a catalyst for local economic…  Read More

Northland College student repackage leftover food.

Students Combat Food Insecurity

As part of a new food recovery initiative, Northland College students have been collecting leftover food slated for the compost bin—pizza, soup, mashed potatoes—from Chartwells Dining Service on campus and they package and deliver it to a regional food bank. This initiative is part of a nationwide, student-led movement combatting food insecurity through eliminating waste on…  Read More …  Read More

stuent planting garden

Local Food Systems

The Center for Rural Communities pursues research projects and conducts analyses that work to strengthen and expand community food systems in the north woods region.…  Read More