Green and Sustainble Living Resources
for Northfield, Minnesota
Northfield, MN is located 35 miles south of the Twin Cities, 6 miles east of
I-35. Population: 18,256 (2003 estimate), includes 5,000 college students
On the banks of the Cannon River sits Northfield, Minnesota, well known for
its defeat of Jesse James and as the home of Malt-O-Meal. Northfield is also
emerging as a model green community.
In August 2006, Northfield was listed as one of the “12 Great Places Youâ’ve
Never Heard Of” by Mother Earth News. Residents and visitors enjoy two exceptional
liberal arts colleges that are increasingly focused on sustainable initiatives
like wind power and green building. St. Olaf College’s new science complex
will be green, and carries a goal for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) Gold certification. St. Olaf also serves local foods in its cafeteria
and composts its food waste. A myriad of community organizations educate the
public on food, transportation, water and energy issues. The many family farmers
in the area provide sustainably-grown produce, meat and dairy products at the
Farmers Market and at Just Food Co-op. Even local government is going green,
consciously working toward sustainability with the formation of a Mayor’s Energy
Taskforce and a Mayor’s Taskforce on Nonmotorized Transportation.
Visitors to Northfield will enjoy Carleton College’s beautiful Arboretum- 880
acres of prairie and forest with 10 miles of trails. Just Food Co-op, the local
natural food co-op, hosts many no- or low-cost classes, discussions, lectures
and film showings throughout the year on a wide range of topics. And our lively
downtown is easily accessible by bicycle or on foot.
*Note: The organizations and businesses on this page were
chosen by the author and are not necessarily endorsed by Do It Green! Minnesota.
Just Food Co-op
Northfield, MN, 507-650-0106
Northfield Community Gardeners
Northfield Farmers Market
Located in downtown Northfield at Riverside Park on 7th St.
Open 11:45amâ€”1 p.m. Tues & Fri, 9amâ€”12 noon Sat.
109 Water Street N (off of Hwy 3)
Running B99 in the warm months and a blend in the cooler months
Cannon River Watershed Partnership
507-786-8400 – crwp.net
CRWP coordinates existing local and state government and citizen resources
in implementation of local water plans, instills a sense of watershed pride
through education, information and special events, and provides for cooperative
management and protection of the watershed.
Center for Sustainable Living
PO Box 414
Northfield, MN 55057
The Center for Sustainable Living, a small 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
is dedicated to developing and administering programs and initiatives which
foster liveability and sustainability for communities.
RENew Northfield’s mission is to lead the Northfield-area community to
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture Farms)
For more local CSA farms, visit Just Food Co-op in March during their CSA
Open Hands Farm, LLC
Erin Johnson and Ben Doherty
Valley Creek CSA
Big Woods Farm
Laurie and David Hougen-Eitzman
Nerstrand, MN 55053
St Olaf College
Northfield, MN, (507) 786-2222
Green Initiatives (includes a wind turbine, industrial composter):
STOGROW (student-run organic farm):
Campus Sustainability Initiatives (includes a wind turbine, green
Sustainable Community Solutions
Specializes in identifying and prioritizing cost-effective green building,
energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions for homes, businesses, institutions
100% Energy Star certified new homes.
Local Government Initiatives