Gemini began her duties providing horticulture education for the public in 2017. Her goals are to work with both youth and adult community members to facilitate learning about plants, environmental stewardship, and gardening.
She provides leadership and training for the Chicago Master Gardeners who then engage the public by volunteering their time doing horticultural education at community and school gardens, Forest Preserve of Cook County sites, and special events. Active Master Gardeners provide high-quality, research-based education on topics ranging from composting to native plants.
Gemini holds a Masters’ Degree in Crop and Soil Science and a Bachelors’ Degree in Plant and Environmental Biology with a specialization in Science, Technology, and Environmental Public Policy from Michigan State University.
Prior to joining Extension, Gemini worked and volunteered in educational roles with both adults and youth. She also has experience with community garden projects, on organic farms, on conventional farming research projects, with a small landscaping company, in greenhouses, on urban farms, doing small-scale composting, and in the laboratory.
Bhalsod's professional affiliations include the Illinois Extension Agricultural Association, Environmental Education Association of Illinois, and the Environmentalists of Color Network.