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Northland College Food System Center

Hulings Rice Food Center

The Hulings Rice Food Center represents a milestone in local food infrastructure as the region’s largest food processing facility.

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Northland College continues to innovate, expand, and adapt as the world grows more complex. In order to better understand and address environmental and legislative challenges affecting freshwater quality, agriculture, rural economics, and access to natural spaces, the College has established four centers of excellence. Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation Center for Rural Communities

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Center For Rural Communities

The Center provides research and consultation services to support data-driven community programming and development in the north woods.

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Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation

The Mary Griggs Burke Center for Freshwater Innovation focuses on scientific research, communication, and thought leadership on water issues in the Great Lakes region and beyond. The Burke Center specializes in “translating” science to the general public, government agencies, NGOs, agriculture, and the private sector, helping to edify water policy in a wide variety of

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

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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 170,000 pounds of campus, community, and business food waste and organic material (leaves,

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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

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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.

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Food Lab Calendar

This is the place to view available dates for use of the Food Systems Center kitchen. If you are a local food producer looking to schedule a drop date, an entrepreneur wanting to develop a value added product, or a community organization/business in need of a licensed food processing space, we are here to help.

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We love food. We source it locally, prepare it well, and compost the scraps. We offer a variety of dining options and meal plans.