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
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… Read More →
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.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded the Northland College Center for Rural Communities (CRC) nearly $310,000 for a four-year research project focused on how to strengthen the community food system in Ashland and Bayfield counties. “The goal of this study is to find ways to make it… Read More →
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.
The majority of households in northern Wisconsin get their food from a diversity of sources and purchase food directly from farmers, according to the most recent Northland College Public Opinion Poll. “The results show a northern culture of supporting local farms, sharing, producing, and gathering food—and an overwhelming 89.6 percent think people should choose food… Read More →
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… Read More →
I truly believe that in this politically polarized world, food retains a universal power that can, at least for a time, transcend perceived divisions and bring people together. And so, as we gather this weekend with family and friends for a traditional meal, we should celebrate and offer gratitude to everyone within our food system… Read More →
This past summer Nile Merton ’15 returned to campus to finish a project he started as a student, updating the rain garden at the Larson-Juhl Center for Science and the Environment. At the same time, across campus, junior Shelly Ray started plans for a rain garden for the new Hulings Rice Food Center. In 2018,… Read More →
Northland College has a big problem: not enough leftovers. Students at the school have been combining food waste and organic materials like leaves, wood chips, lawn trimmings and cardboard since 1993 and converting what could have become a stinking mess into rich, black, earthy compost. SIGN UP NOW. A state-of-the-art composting machine, installed in 2017… Read More →