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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

Filmmakers interviewing farmer for doc Right to Harm

Film: Right to Harm

October 25, 7:00 pm9:00 pm

With Filmmakers Matt Wechsler and Annie Speicher An exposé on the public health impact of factory farming across the United States told through the eyes of residents in five rural communities. When pushed to their limit, these disenfranchised citizens band together to demand justice from their legislators. Sponsored by Farms Not Factories and the Hulings…  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

Setting the table at the Farmers Union Dinner

Room for More at the Table

Reflections on the Universal Power of a Shared Meal

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

Northland College students and alum prepare rain garden

Rain Gardens Provide Stormwater Storage

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