Bee Wise Farms, a diversified farm located in Newberry MI, produces lavender, herbs, cut flowers, honeybee products, and recycled art with a focus on healthy lives and healthy land. Bee Wise Farms is verified as environmentally sustainable through the Michigan Agriculture and Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). Bee Wise Farms owners, Adam and Lacey Ingrao, are the proud founders of the HEROES TO HIVE program, dedicated to supporting the live of those returning from war.
Our mission is to support the health and wellbeing of the land and community (humans and other animals) through Connection, Food, Movement & Purpose. Bee Wise Farms achieves this by offering personal and professional support through on-farm education and nature-based therapies.
We acknowledge that Bee Wise Farms occupies ancestral Lands of the Anishinaabeg. We aim to support and advocate for the sovereignty of Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. One of our primary goals is to return beekeeping knowledge to tribal communities. To achieve this we prioritize education to current tribal communities residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
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. Adam is the co-founder (along with Lacey) and National Director of 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 2,000 veterans in the art and science of beekeeping) and serves as an outreach specialist for Michigan Food and Farming Systems. He has authored numerous peer reviewed manuscripts on beneficial insects and was recently a co-author of the book Honey Bee Medicine for the Veterinary Practitioner.
Additionally, Adam has been a key figure in advocating for agriculture training programs for veterans at local, state and national levels, including giving 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...
While Lacey is a native Californian she has truly made a home here in Michigan. The ever changing seasons keep her excited for their transitional ways. Especially the downtime during winter, which give way for restored energy to push hard during the farming seasons.
Lacey hold a M.A. degree in Transpersonal Psychology, with a concentration in Eco-psychology from Naropa University. As an Eco-psychologist her breadth of knowledge includes nature-based therapies, edible landscape creation, transitions and rites of passage, and mindfulness in Nature.Although her educational career has been committed to nature-being relationships, Lacey has over 10 years experience in program management and event coordination. With time awareness and organizational structure being her greatest strength, she works to support those with an objective of staying on task. Lacey enjoys her life, like she enjoys the weather...ever changing. Which is why she often find herself involved in a variety of projects. Below are a few of the project she currently invests in.
- Planning Coordinator: support organizations in keeping on task and staying on time. Available for long term projects or one time meeting coordination. Email for more details, email@example.com.
- Michigan Family Farms Conference- Planning Member. Conference coordination hosted through Michigan Food Farming Systems (MIFFS), a non-profit organization providing services, education, and resources to beginning and historically underserved farmers.
- Transpersonal Wellness Coach: discover boundaries, identify patterns and live a life that serves you and your community best.
- Farmer. Beekeeping. Creator of varietal honey and value added products, with the bees of course.
- Lavender and cut flower producer.
- Ordained Minister: Come get married when the lavender is in bloom (best time: late July- early August).
- Somatic Movement Instructor: Currently teachings- online yoga classes. Check out Mindful Movement for more details. Practitioner since 2000. Instructor since 2007.