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Northland College is proud to have a strong local foods initiative. We’re already half way to our goal of having eighty percent of the food served on campus supplied from local sources. We’re currently building a food processing facility to help us reach that goal.

Currently nearly twenty farms and businesses within one hundred miles of campus supply the cafeteria with vegetables, fruits, herbs, jams, cider, pork, beef, Lake Superior fish, flour, cheese, eggs, fermented vegetables, bread, granola, honey, maple syrup, ice cream, and coffee.

Why does this matter? For starters, local foods typically have more flavor and are higher quality. But equally as important, eating regionally benefits the environment and supports the local economy. Working to promote a safe and healthy local food supply is a win-win situation for everyone.

Our student-run campus garden, named Mino Aki—Ojibwa for good earth, provides fresh produce to our cafeteria too. The garden harvest is also used out on the trails during Northland’s outdoor orientation trips each August. In addition to sourcing as much local food as we can, we do our best to keep you and the planet healthy by using cage free eggs, antibiotic-free chicken and pork, sustainable seafood, and zero trans fats oils in all our cooking.

See What's On the Menu

Chartwells, Northland College’s food service provider, offers a variety of creative meal options. Our dining hall, Baldwin Commons, is located in the Ponzio Campus Center. Dining is buffet-style meaning you choose what and how much you want. Here’s a sampling of our daily food choices:

Trattoria: specialty pizzas, made-to-order pasta, or deli made with a variety of breads or wraps.

Fresh Grille: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chicken sandwiches, and french fries.

Garden Emporium: Homemade soups and salads, including our fresh salad bar which is stocked with local veggies and fermented foods.

Terra Ve: Designed especially for vegetarian and vegans. Prepared from scratch daily.

Origins: Good old fashioned home cooking for the meat and potatoes kind of eater.

Simmers: Healthy made-to-order soups, stir-fry, or mac-n-cheese

And of course, we also have a great selection of beverages, desserts, cereals, breakfast breads, fruits, and vegetables to round out your meals.

For specials and upcoming events, visit the Chartwells dining guide. You can also reach Chartwells Food Service 715-682-1339.

The Campus Store, also located in the Ponzio Campus Center, offers made-to-order Mondos subs and meals, plus a selection of salads, sandwiches, and snacks to go. It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat between classes. The Campus Store also offers a selection of grocery items, school supplies, and Northland apparel.

Meal Plan Pricing

First-year students must pick one of the top three options. Students residing in the townhouses, MELLC apartments, and college-owned houses may select from any option, but are required to have a meal plan. Off-campus students may also select from any option.

Students may use meals in the Baldwin Commons dining hall or transfer them to the Campus Store. The Baldwin Commons serves three meals each weekday. Brunch and dinner are served on the weekends. The Campus Store is open seven days per week.

All meal plans come with Flex dollars, which allows students to purchase extra meals in the dining hall and food items in the Campus Store. Flex dollars carry through to commencement day of each academic year (provided the student has a valid meal plan).

$5,612 per year Meal Plan

  • 240 meals during fall term
  • 300 meals during winter/spring term
  • $20 Flex/Term for Baldwin Commons or Campus Store

$5,079 per year Meal Plan

  • 175 meals during fall term
  • 225 meals during winter/spring term
  • $20 Flex/Term for Baldwin Commons or Campus Store

$4,817 per year Meal Plan

  • 160 meals during the fall term
  • 180 meals during the winter/spring term
  • $100 Flex/term for Baldwin Commons or Campus Store

$2,707 per year Meal Plan

  • 65 meals in the fall term
  • 81 meals in the winter/spring term
  • $150 Flex/term for Baldwin Commons or Campus Store