We are fortunate to have an incredible team of Michigan State University students who work at the Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm. Several others volunteer. If you’re interested in either a paid or volunteer position at the Bailey Urban Farm, please visit the volunteer page.
Meet the GREENteam
Lexi Dalecke, Farm Manager
Lexi is a junior pursuing a degree in Elementary Education through the Urban Cohort here at MSU, as well as minors in Environmental Studies & Sustainability and Horticulture. Lexi found her passion for growing food through an internship at a School Garden Learning Center in Colorado where she worked with high schoolers supplying fresh, organic produce to their cafeteria. Lexi also currently works in school gardens with elementary students in Lansing Public Schools teaching students about farming and nutrition. In the future, Lexi hopes to tackle issues around food insecurity and nutrition while also increasing access to whole, nutritional foods in public schools. In her free time you can find Lexi chewing on kohlrabi, planning her future homestead dream, or cuddling with her farmcat, Sprout.
Evan Beresford, Assistant Manager
Evan is a sophomore at Michigan State majoring in Environmental Studies & Sustainability with minors in forestry and economics. Evan became interested in growing food when he volunteered at the GREENhouse in his early days at MSU. Evan also holds a leadership position at Land Grant Goods and works to increase the partnership between LGG and BGHUF. In his freetime, Evan enjoys backpacking, biking, skiing, and basically any outdoor activity!
Sprout, RISE Therapy Cat and Farm Cat
Sprout joined our team Summer 2018 when our farm manager, Lexi, went to adopt a farm cat for rodent control in the greenhouse. A turn of events resulted in adopting an orphaned 4 week old kitten rather than a 15 week old barn cat. Sprout comes to work with Lexi twice a week on the farm and spends Tuesdays and Thursdays in the RISE offices as an unofficial emotional support animal! Sprout’s favorite things are playing with his mom’s hair, chasing shadows, and eating human food (specific favorites are vanilla ice cream and goat cheese).
Former GREENteam Members
The strides that the Bailey GREENhouse has made since its establishment in 2012, making itself MSU’s premier urban agriculture site, could not have been possible without the students who have come and gone since. We would like to acknowledge these students for their hard work and lasting impact on the mission of the Bailey GREENhouse to provide a space of learning and growth for all students on campus:
Brendan Sinclair, John Dindia, Karri Tomich-Baylis, Charles Defever, Jorhie Beadle, Alison Stawara, Michael Klacking, Tyler Vuillemot, Dani Blumstein, Joe Fox, Kelsey Allan, Maddie Judge, Leah Desposato, Joe Snowaert, Anna Jean Appeldoorn, Lindsay Mensch, Mia White, Degen Gembarowski, Rachel Burdt, Corrine Johnston, Bethany Kogut and Caleb Spall.