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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 alum Abe Lloyd harvesting wild rice

Wild Foods

Sustainable Solution to Big Ag

Abe Lloyd’s ’02 interest in wild foods dates back to childhood campouts in a vacant lot next to his house in Washington state and his childhood fantasy of never needing to go inside. “When I was at Northland, I began to think much more deeply about the environmental and social impacts of industrial food production,…

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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Local Foods: A Winner for Ashland & Bayfield Counties

January 25, 2018, 6:00 pm8:00 pm

Business on Stage will feature Northland College Food Systems Director Todd Rothe and alumni Chris Duke, who will be talking about local foods in the region. Complimentary pizza: 6-6:30 p.m. Presentation: 6:30-7:30 Networking: 7:30 Rothe co-owns River road Farm with his wife Kelsey; Duke owns and operates Great Oak Farm with his family. Both farms…

cherries drying in food systems center hulings rice

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 Food Systems Manager Todd Rothe

Todd Rothe ’10 Says Farmers Need a Plan

Todd Rothe ’10 is the food systems manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center and will be teaching Sustainable Food Production in the fall as part of the newly-created sustainable agriculture minor.  Buckles: How have attitudes around food changed in the last two decades? Rothe: I remember sitting at the old Ashland Farmers Market back in…