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 has also worked in elementary school gardens throughout the Lansing School District, teaching students how to grow their own food and providing families with fresh vegetables. She also currently works at the Student Organic Farm! 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, Farm 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!
Elizabeth Eisenlohr, Farm Manager
Elizabeth is a Junior at Michigan State studying Nutritional Science with a concentration in Global Health. She became interested in working at Bailey after she spent time doing research on malnutrition in children under 5 years of age in Cape Town, South Africa. After graduation, she hopes to join the Peace Corps: working overseas implementing sustainable farming practices in rural villages with limited food sources. Elizabeth loves working with kids and teaching them life skills, including gardening and healthy eating habits! Additionally, she is a chairwoman of MSU’s Global Brigades on campus and appreciates traveling to teach and aid as a student. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys road trips, fishing, writing, and reading.
Ethan Leavitt, Farm Manager
Ethan is a junior majoring in Environmental Studies & Sustainability. Ethan recently became inspired to pursue work in horticulture and small-scale farming after visiting organic farms in California. He enjoys spending time outdoors: hiking, camping, and boating. Ethan grew up in Ludington, MI. Growing up, he spent most of his time at the Ludington State Park, strengthening his passion for the environment and solidifying his career goals around the environment and horticultural.
Jenia Powe, Farm Manager
Jenia is a freshman at Michigan State University majoring in Nutritional Science with a concentration in Global Health. Jenia’s goal is to pursue holistic health and promote urban agriculture in minority communities. Through educating urban communities on growing their own food, Jenia hopes to help reverse the staggering rates of diet related disease. In her free time, Jenia can be found painting, listening to music, and spending time outdoors.
In her free time, Jenia can be found painting, listening to music, and spending time outdoors. her free time, Jenia can be found painting, listening to music, and spending time outdoors.
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 on farm when the weather allows, and makes an occasional appearance in the RISE offices as an unofficial emotional support animal! Sprout’s favorite things are playing with her mom’s hair 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.