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Food Is Everything

Danny Simpson '18, Assistant Manager of the Hulings Rice Food Center

Danny Simpson ’18 worked on his aunt’s organic farm for six years before coming to Northland College, where he has played a major role in the food scene on campus—from managing the gardens to leading food and sustainability initiatives to catering art shows and parties.  In April, he was awarded the Student Affairs Division Outstanding…  Read More

The Chequamegon Food Coop at night.

The Language of Local Foods

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 manager at CFC

Meagan (Wilson) Van Beest ’97 grew up in the apple capital of New York state, near orchards and dairy farms. As a child and a teen, she bagged food alongside her parents at their local food cooperative and spent time with her grandfather who was the president of his dairy cooperative. Van Beest chose Northland…  Read More

Two people stand on Northland College bridge with composting buckets.

Compost Center

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,

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…  Read More

stuent planting garden

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.

Northland College faculty eat at outdoor buffet

USDA awards CRC funding to study regional food system   

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

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.

Local Food Important to Northern Wisconsin Residents

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

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…  Read More