About US

OUR MISSION

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). 

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.

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.

Bee Wise Farms resides on ancestral Lands of the Anishinaabeg. With this knowledge, we aim to support and advocate for the sovereignty of Indigenous individuals and communities who live here. One of ways we do this is through the education of beekeeping knowledge for tribal communities. To achieve this we prioritize education to current tribal nations residing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  

BWF FARMERS

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 gives way for creative expression and restored energy to push hard during the farming seasons. Lacey enjoys her life, like she enjoys the weather...ever changing.  

Lacey hold a Master's 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 15 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 intention of staying on task. Current offerings are below. 

ORGANIZED!

In need of organization or coordination? Reach out by phone or email and we can chat about your needs in a very personalized way. Available for long term projects or one-time meeting coordination or organization needs. This service is offered to individuals and organizations. This service is offered virtually and in person (mileage fees apply). Current projects include: Heroes to Hives Conference

TRANSPERSONAL WELLNESS GUIDE

Current offerings include but are not limited to Beekeeping as a Therapeutic Practice and Farming as a Therapeutic Practice. This offering is a professional development training and retreat. Also offered are mindfulness movement classes, and personal boundary work. Break habitual patterns, while developing a deeper sense of trust for the self and those who love you deeply and treat you so.

BEE WISE MINISTRY

If life leads you to marriage, we welcome you to spend your special day with us at the farm, with the bee’s, trees and lavender in bloom (late July- early August). We offer a variety of settings and a private Honey House Suite for getting ready on your special day. If the outdoors is your whole vibe, Bee Wise Farms would love to help you create your special day. With your officiant, Lacey, you'll tailor your ceremony to meet your needs and bring your beautiful day into reality. If you have no have plans in mind...we can help with that too. (Since 2016). All denominations are welcome. Currently taking reservations for 2024.