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Sustainable Agriculture

Northland has made a huge—huge!—commitment to food sustainability by using the Real Food Standards with a goal spending twenty percent  of our dining food budget on local foods by 2020. We have a state-of-the-art food processing facility and thriving on-campus gardens. We compost campus wide and take in food waste, leaves, wood shavings, and other organic

Northland College Bee Friendly Campus

Northland College Becomes First Wisconsin Bee Campus

Working to Promote Native Bees and Pollinators

Northland College has become the first educational institution in Wisconsin to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. “Northland College has a strong environmental ethic and mission that we’re advancing and honing every day,” said Food Systems Manager…  Read More

Four Northland College students sit in a boat with survey equipment

The Life Aquatic of the Penokee Hills

Students Survey Fish Populations

Northland College senior Megan Mader inches a jon boat into the vegetation near shore at Galilee Lake, a shallow, 212-acre lake with a handful of cabins dotting the shoreline. Mader is conducting research on fish communities to learn more about the lakes of the Penokee Hills, located an hour southeast of Ashland. A research associate…  Read More

Northland College alumnus Tiffany Kirsten stands with fellow activists along the border of Texas and Mexico

Careers in Social Justice, Conservation, and Public Service

SOEI Interns

The Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute has been a part of the Northland College student experience for the last forty-six years—from speakers, conferences, and campus events in the physical building to research and internships with one of the many outreach programs. Sigurd’s wife, Elizabeth, contributed $50,000 to the Sigurd F. Olson Endowment, a program to offer…  Read More

Outdoor Orientation gear

10 Things You Need to Know for Outdoor Orientation

Outdoor Orientation is a classic Northland College experience. Almost every student who walks through the Ponzio Student Center has gone hiking, biking, canoeing, or exploring in the Wisconsin north woods at the beginning of their Northland career. While we can wax prophetic about the friendships made, shooting stars seen, and s’mores eaten, read on for…  Read More

Planting carrots

Student Opportunities

The Hulings Rice Food Center offers a variety of student work opportunities including internships and work-study positions. Positions include working with the compost crew or garden crew, serving as a research technician (looking at issues such as value added products and local food initiatives), or as an assistant at the food lab, helping with overall

Northland College student installing hoop house

Campus Gardens

The mission of the campus gardens: to propagate, nurture, and harvest organic food demonstrate ecological and regionally appropriate food systems provide living laboratories that broaden student’s academic experience We are continuing to strengthen and build our thematic gardens or “living laboratories.” Creating manageable cross-sections of larger food production systems on campus provides demonstration and research

SONWA Winners 2017

Honeybees and a trailblazing scientist top the 2017 SONWA book awards

Northland College has announced the winning 2017 books for the Sigurd F. Olson Nature Writing Award (SONWA). The SONWA committee awarded Where Honeybees Thrive: Stories from the Field by author Heather Swan the top prize in nature writing. “Swan takes an innovative look at the wonders of honeybees and humanity’s complex relationship with them—weaving together…  Read More


A listing and links to publications produced by the Northland College Center for Rural Communities.