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, wood chips, and cardboard) into 28 tons of valuable soil.
Northland College partners with Big Lake Organics, LLC—a business that was spun off from the Hulings Rice Food Center after being incubated at Northland College. Learn more about the future of compost at Northland.