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  • $925 RAISED


  • Mike Sullivan $25
  • Kevin Jacques $100
  • Malinda Hudkins $25
  • Joseph Fox $100
  • Cheryl Sisk $100
  • Karen Wenk $50
  • Joseph Hogue $300
  • Steven Villanueva $100
  • Jennifer Nelsen $25
  • Hope Thome $100

Support Hands-on Learning with RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment)

The Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm is an integral part of RISE place-based experiential learning. Here, first year students are able to engage in hands-on learning related to environmental stewardship right outside their dorm room. This is a place where we see students form community that is so essential to their success. We bond over good food, healthy ecosystems, fresh basil, and bees pollinating our crops. To provide the best hands-on learning experiences, we need functioning tools and equipment such as harvesting and planting supplies, pruning shears, even waders for aquatic habitat maintenance. We also support our students by helping them attend essential leadership training programs where they represent MSU as they learn valuable skills!

Who We Are: Dr. Laurie Thorp, RISE Director; Jorhie Beadle, RISE Assistant Director

Each year, an extraordinary team of paid student staff and volunteers are selected to manage and operate the Bailey Greenhouse and Urban Farm. These students come from a variety of majors and backgrounds all united in their passion for healthy nutritious food and a sustainable food system. This team does everything from providing tours to elementary schools to planning, planting, and harvesting crops.

Your gift today helps us continue to provide the tools (literally) that keep our bees buzzing and our greenhouse growing! With your gift of $25 or $50 we can purchase needed harvesting and planting supplies, and with $150 we can provide beehive suits for our student beekeepers. Larger gifts of $300+ allow us to offer to cover a student’s registration fees for an environmental leadership conference.

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 22OOPCF1RISEGT” in the note section.

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