The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm is a “sister” farm with the SOF. These two farms are intricately linked by common purpose, philosophy and technical expertise. First year RISE students gain basic horticultural and farming skills at Bailey and they are able to expand their farming experience by working at the SOF. Each year the SOF provides Bailey with an upper level crewmember who can provide education and management of the Bailey “Green Team.” These students work together with Jeremy Moghtader and Dan Fillius, the Manager and Production Manager at the SOF, to develop crop plans and share knowledge.
The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm works intimately with campus chefs to grow culinary herbs and fresh vegetables that are served in several dining halls and the Kellogg Center State Room. Students work with procurement officers, University Food Stores and executive chefs to provide certified organic, locally grown food 9 months of the year. In partnership with the MSU Recycling and Surplus Center, pre-consumer food waste from the residential dining halls is used for composting at the MSU Student Organic farm and used as nutrient-rich compost for Bailey GREENhouse soil.