MSU Student Organic Farm
The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm is a “sister” farm with the Student Organic Farm (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 Denae Freidheim, the Manager at the SOF, to develop crop plans and share knowledge.
RHS & Eat at State Sustainability
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.
Land Grant Goods
Land Grant Goods (LGG) is an agriculture-based business founded and managed by students at Michigan State University. LGG gives students the opportunity to assess the current food system and produce products that are locally sourced, ethically created, environmentally conscious, and economically viable. This student run business works with the Bailey GREENhouse to create sustainable food and cosmetic products that are sold to students, faculty, and families on and off campus. The GREENhouse provides herbs, fruits, and pollen-producing plants that sustain the jam, honey, and other herbal products LGG sells.
The MSU Bailey Bees is a student run organization promoting bee education and awareness. Located on the site of the Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm, these bees provide pollination services for our crops, in exchange for nectar for honey production. You can purchase Bailey Bees Honey from Land Grant Goods. Follow them on Twitter and Instagram at @MSUbaileybees!
Check out a live stream of the bees down below:
Started by RISE students, the Mushroom Team has been working with faculty Greg Bonito to produce high quality organic mushrooms on our site. They are driven by the knowledge that mushrooms are an excellent source of nutrients, protein, and flavor, especially in a world that may soon struggle with food security. Beginning with oyster and super shiitake mushrooms, the team is hoping to scale up production and increase sales to chefs on MSU’s campus. Follow their Instagram and Twitter accounts for updates!
RISE students who were passionate about composted began this vermicomposting initiative after receiving a grant from Be Spartan Green at MSU. This project allows students to keep a bin of worms in their dorm rooms, which facilitates the breakdown of organic matter, which is typically food waste. Not only does this allow students to learn about the miracles these little livestock are capable of, but also allows the GREENhouse to use the compost they create to return fertility back to our soil. Stay updated on Twitter!