A Summer in Photos: Life at the Bailey GREENhouse

By Lindsay Mensch

Campus is a much different place in the summertime: far fewer people around, but far more things in bloom! I enjoyed the change of pace this summer, as I spent most of my time every week at the Bailey GREENhouse & Urban Farm as a summer manager. I learned so much about horticulture, organic farming, urban agriculture, and integrated pest management, but even more importantly, I learned that I have what it takes to be a successful farmer. Over the course of four months, I got a taste of what life after graduation might be like.

As I got better at nurturing the plants around me, I also got better at learning to nurture myself, especially when it comes to my mental health. While being around plants all day is definitely a mood boost, there is so much more that I’ve learned about taking care of my total wellbeing. Asking for help, acknowledging that I have needs that deserve to be met, and taking the time to just calm down and breathe have been important lessons I learned over these months.

While the summer was filled with all sorts of adventures and events, all sorts of ups and downs, I enjoyed many of the simpler times that I captured on camera most of all. Many of the positive highlights are featured below; I hope you enjoy the photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!


May 22

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Grape vines early in the season.

June 1

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Ingredients for the managers’ special tea blend.
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Trapped in the backseat with some berry brambles we dug up at the SOF.

June 3

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Evening primrose in the rain garden in full bloom.

June 9

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Some of the delicious strawberry jam we made at Land Grant Goods’ food trailer!

June 19

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A pride flag Mia and I made for Pride Month!

June 21

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Shredding ripped plant material to make composting easier.

June 26

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A sea of calendula – used for tea and as edible flowers!

July 3

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Some very hot compost!

 

July 5

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Some gorgeous red onions we cured.

July 10

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So many eggplants, so little time.

July 13

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Cleaning out the hoophouse.

July 18

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Hiding in the compost.

July 21

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Tomatillos on the roof of Bailey Hall.

August 3

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Meeting Ron Hendrick, the Dean of CANR at MSU!

August 4

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Mia holding some Thai hot chilies.

August 17

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One of the last melons we produced in the hoophouse.
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