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 and Environmental Studies and Sustainability. 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 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. Go green!
Corrine Johnston is a sophomore majoring in Horticulture (Organic and Sustainable) and minoring in Entomology. As a freshman she volunteered in the GREENhouse and became interested in farming as a rehabilitative practice for people, soil, animals, pollinators, and plants. The focus of her studies is finding ways to farm in a collaborative way with the earth while enriching communities and helping bees. Corrine can be found in her free time hugging horses and petting bumblebees.
Caleb Spall is a sophomore at Michigan State University, studying Organic and Sustainable Horticulture with minors in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, and Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. Caleb was initially exposed to sustainable agriculture through Sunseed Farm in Ann Arbor, Michigan while in the fifth grade. He participated in the sixth grade science fair with a DWC hydroponics system and has wanted to pursue sustainable and urban agriculture since. He hopes to learn more about sustainable agriculture, and work as an urban farmer in Detroit, Michigan. While not writing down ideas about how to integrate more sustainable solutions at MSU, Caleb can be found in his dorm room watching reruns of The Great British Baking Show, listening to The Smiths, or napping. Caleb loves houseplants, and his favorite is the variegated spider plant – Chlorophytum comosum ‘Vittatum’.
Lexi Dalecke is a sophomore 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. In the future, Lexi hopes to work with urban youth tackling issues around food insecurity and increasing access to whole, nutritional foods in public schools by opening a community garden at the elementary school where she works.
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, Lindsay Mensch, and Mia White.