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
Bethany Kogut is a senior currently pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with a focus in Math and Science, as well as a minor in Environmental & Sustainability Studies and Horticulture. Bethany is from Northern Oakland County MI and stumbled across RISE without much knowledge of environmental sustainability. During her first year at MSU, she has become passionate in organic agriculture and using environmental skills in innovative ways within classroom settings. She has worked with young children getting their hands dirty through vermicomposting and has also been a part of the creation of the student produced tea line, The Bailey Tea Project. In her free time, she enjoys reading, exploring the beauty Michigan has to offer, and hammocking in the trees. Bethany hopes to continue to gain knowledge about sustainability and farming so that she can use it in the classroom and help young children find a passion in nature and food just as she has.
Degen Gembarowski is a senior in the Sustainable and Organic Horticulture Bachelor of Science program here at MSU. In addition to this degree, she is also earning a minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies through the RISE program. Degen’s journey to finding organic farming included a change of major from Interior Design after much soul searching and exploration. Working at the Bailey GREENhouse was a dream of hers since volunteering her freshman year, and returning to the urban farm as a manager has felt like a homecoming. Farming as a rehabilitative practice for people, soil, animals, and plants is the focus of Degen’s studies as she searches to discover how to farm in a collaborative way with the earth while enriching communities.
Rachel Burdt is a junior majoring in Horticulture and minoring in Entomology. She found out about RISE from former classmates, and when she heard about the greenhouse she was sold. Rachel is very interested in providing healthy food to consumers while still helping the environment, and in Summer 2016 she interned on an organic farm in Petoskey, MI. Upon realizing that small scale farming was much more her jam, Bailey Urban Farm accepted her onto their Green Team and she is overjoyed at the prospect of being able to follow her passion while still in school. In her free time, Rachel can be found eating, petting cute animals, or hammocking. Rachel is also on the board of the Bailey Bee Team, and through efforts with that team as well as BGHUF, hopes to spread knowledge about the benefits of farming and caring for our environment in general. Go green!
Lindsay Mensch is a third-year student studying English, with minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and (potentially) Horticulture.
The RISE Program was a significant contributor to her decision to come to MSU, and she couldn’t be happier with the choice she made! Through her studies at MSU, she has come to be very interested in organic agriculture the movement away from industrial foods. She also loves to cook with fresh, local ingredients and learn healthy recipes, which fuels her passion for food sustainability. Although she still has a lot to learn about horticulture and growing food organically, she is eager to learn skills for the future. Working at the Bailey GREENhouse is a great opportunity to enrich her horticultural knowledge in a strong and supportive community. Lindsay is also involved with the RISE blog, “Sustainable Stories.”
Mia White is a sophomore majoring in Forestry and Food Science, with minors in Environmental & Sustainability Studies, (ESS) Horticulture, and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems (SAFS). She has been a vegan for almost nine years and is a huge advocate for anti-hate activism: BLM, Trans Lives Matter, Feminist, FarmHer, Pro-LGBTQ, Anti-Hate, Defend Science, Ecofeminist, Climate Change is Real. In the future, she just wants a farm where she can grow her produce away from society. Check out some of her favorite quotes below!
It’s dangerous when too many men in the same armor think they’re right. – Cole, Dragon Age Inquisition
Let Those who would destroy us step into the light. – The Inquisitor, Dragon Age Inquisition
Corrine Johnston is a sophomore majoring in Horticulture science and minoring in Entomology. As a freshman she volunteered in the GREENhouse and became very passionate about organic agriculture, environmental sustainability, and pollinators. During summer 2017 she lived on Mackinac Island and educated the public at the Original Mackinac Island Butterfly House about butterflies and bees. She loved showing people how to take care of our pollinators and the planet. Now as a member of the GREENteam she hopes to continue showing people how cool plants and bugs are and increase her knowledge about organic farming. Corrine can be found in her free time hugging horses and petting bumblebees.
Former GREENteam Members
The strides that the Bailey GREENhouse has made over the past three years establishing itself as 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.