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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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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….

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

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…

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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.

Northland College Food System Center

Hulings Rice Food Center

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

Northland College Bee Friendly Campus

Northland College Becomes First Wisconsin Bee Campus

Working to Promote Native Bees and Pollinators

Northland College has become the first educational institution in Wisconsin to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. “Northland College has a strong environmental ethic and mission that we’re advancing and honing every day,” said Food Systems Manager…

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

11 SOEI Interns: Where are they now?

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson Endowment, a program to offer…

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Geologic Perspectives on Climate Change

BY DAVE ULLMAN, Assistant Professor of Geoscience On those really hot days in August, I often like to ride my bike down to Maslowski Beach in Ashland to let my mind drift into geologic time. I’ll wade into the cool water and stare out across Chequamegon Bay, imagining a not-so-distant past, where a massive wall…