Meet Dr. Adam Ingrao...
Adam is a proud fourth generation US Army veteran and the resident insect expert at Bee Wise Farms where he manages all aspects of Bee Wise's beekeeping operation and sustainable pest management program. As an entomologist at Michigan State University Extension, Adam runs the Heroes to Hives program, the largest beekeeping education program for veterans in the US (a program Lacey and Adam founded at Bee Wise Farms in 2015 that's trained over 400 veterans in the art and science of beekeeping). Additionally, Adam has been a key figure in advocating for ag training programs for veterans at local, state and national levels, including official testimonies to the MI Legislature and US Senate. His advocacy work for farmer veterans also includes being the founder and former director of the Michigan Food and Farming Systems' Vets in Ag Network and the Farmer Veteran Coalition of Michigan. He holds a BS in Agriculture and Plant Science from California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and a PhD in Entomology from Michigan State University. Passions include: Nature, family, insects, working with fellow veterans, and of course farming!
Meet Lacey Ann Ingrao...
I'm a native Californian but have truly found a home here in Michigan. I love the seasons, yes even the winter. The downtime during winter allows me the energy to push hard during the farming seasons.
I hold a M.A. degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with a concentration in Eco-psychology from Naropa University. As an Eco-psychologist my breadth of knowledge includes nature-based therapies, edible landscape creation, transitions and rites of passage, and mindfulness in Nature.
In addition to connecting with nature, I have been sharing the practice of Yoga since 2007 and have maintained a personal practice since 2000. Yoga was the catalyst for a life in alternative forms of health, wellness and food access.
I like my life, how I like my farm...diversified and intentional. Because of this, I enjoy many different jobs and working environments.
I have the great honor of serving as Event Coordination for Michigan Food Farming Systems (MIFFS), a non-profit organization providing services, education, and resources to beginning and historically underserved farmers.
My main gig though... I'm a farmer and beekeeping. Outdoor, on the farm, I feel so present. I, along with my partner Adam, keep bees, produce honey and value added products; this is in addition to sustainably grown vegetables and cut flowers.
On the farm, we host a variety of educational and wellness opportunities and provide one-on-one transition Coaching as well. In 2015, I was ordained as a Minister to provide more ceremony based rituals such as weddings and soul connection rituals on and off the farm.
The natural world has so much to offer and tell us about ourselves and how we build and maintain connections.