Bethany Kogut is the co-CEO and founder of Land Grant Goods. Two years ago she had started the Bailey Tea Project, a student produced tea line, which has since grown to be a part of Land Grant Goods. She 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. Bethany is from Northern Oakland County, MI. During her first year at MSU, she became passionate in organic agriculture and using environmental skills in innovative ways within classroom settings. In her free time, she enjoys drinking coffee, 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 future to heal communities and help them prosper.
Alex Marx is co-CEO and founder of Land Grant Goods, providing creativity and opportunities to this student run business. Alex is studying Environmental Sustainability and Entrepreneurship & Innovation at Michigan State University. He grew up in West Bloomfield, MI, but currently lives in East Lansing, MI. Throughout his undergraduate career, Alex has been heavily involved with The Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment (RISE). Through this residential program, he has gained widespread experience in teaching, grant-writing, composting, bee keeping, recruiting, and representing an organization. The Hatch, a student incubator at Michigan State University has immersed Alex in an entrepreneurial culture and has provided him with resources and information that assisted him in working on tech and agriculture start ups. Alex has experience in photography, producing and releasing multimedia, and community engagement. A passion that drives Alex is UrbanDevelopment and the ways that STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) have such large influence on the future of the human community.
Abdullah Mohammed is Chief Technical Officer (CTO) and founder of Land Grant Goods. He is in his last semester studying Chemical Engineering, along with minors in Environmental & Sustainability Studies as well as Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Growing up in Farmington Hills, MI, he has a knack for leadership and effective communication. As an engineer, he also spends a lot of his time focusing on solving problems, which has been an integral part in the growth of Land Grant Goods. He hopes that as he leaves Michigan State University, he can combine engineering, sustainability, and business in such a way that he can continue solving problems, just on a bigger scale.