About the Bailey Urban Farm
The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm produces culinary herbs, annual vegetables, and specialty fruits for sale to MSU Food Stores, for the education of students in the RISE program, and as part of ongoing research at MSU. The 100’ x 200’ site contains a 30’ x 72’ passive solar hoop house, ¼ acre of outdoor production space, and a 15’ x 60’ green roof space. Currently, the primary cash crops are annual and perennial culinary herbs produced in the hoop house, including: basil, chives, cilantro, oregano, parsley, rosemary, and thyme. Herbs not sold as fresh are dried at the MSU Horticulture Farm for use in herbal teas; these plants include lemon verbena, peppermint, and spearmint. A variety of perennial fruits have been planted outside for educational purposes, while further outdoor space has been dedicated to raised-bed production of herbs and vegetables. The green roof space is part of a research project and currently grows annual vegetables including: beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes. The hoop house space was certified organic in 2012 (Inspected October) and the remaining outdoor and green roof spaces remain to be certified.
The Bailey GREENhouse and Urban Farm are managed according to organic standards. Soil fertility is managed using food waste compost and vermicompost produced at the Student Organic Farm. A limited amount of compost is produced on site using fresh plant material, leaves, straw, and finished compost in a static pile. All seeds are organic and sourced from Johnny’s Selected Seeds. All transplants grown by the farm are managed according to organic standards, while purchased stock and bushes/trees have not been organic. Pest and disease pressures are controlled by scouting, minimizing moisture build-up, beneficial predatory insects, and use of organically approved pesticides. Harvest tools and containers are cleaned with warm soapy water and/or Clorox disinfecting wipes. Herbs are generally delivered immediately after harvest, with limited refrigerated storage space available. Produce is placed in clear, unsealed bags labeled with the product and date.