CATCH THE BUZZ – W.A.S. Mini Conference

April 28, 2021
7:00-9:00 p.m. (Mountain Standard Time)
Soldiers, Veterans and Bees


Please join us for this month’s Zoom webinar
generously sponsored by
Olivarez Honey Bees!

 April Mini-Conference – Soldiers, Veterans and Bees

Wednesday, April 28, 7 PM (MDT)


Speakers and Moderator:

Gary LaGrange, Retired Army Colonel
Founder of Service member Agricultural Vocation Education (SAVE) at Golden Prairie Farms in Manhattan, Kansas

Lessons Learned and Observations from Five Years of Training Service Members for Agricultural Vocations

Gary served three tours in Vietnam, including 18 months in Laos in Special Ops.  He is a recipient of the Purple Heart, served as a senior civilian at Ft. Riley, was a consultant with the Department of Defense, and formed a not-for-profit corporation that provided 2 million books and 400 tons of school supplies to children in Iraq and Afghanistan.  In 2012, he and his daughter started SAVE.  Over the past five years, he has trained 450 soldiers and veterans wishing to farm.

Shari LaGrange-Aulich, Clinical Psychologist and beekeeper, SAVE, Manhattan, KS

Therapeutic Benefits of Beekeeping from a Clinical Perspective

Shari works with service members with trauma, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.  Shari is engaged in a research program with Kansas State University and the Veteran’s Administration to understand further and document the relationship between beekeeping and behavioral therapy. She trained at the Beck Institute for suicidality and depression and presented mortal injury and posttraumatic growth in military populations talks at various national psychological conventions.  She is a SAVE board member and is currently developing a treatment manual to integrate cognitive behavioral techniques with interpersonal skills to enhance students’ healing and growth at the SAVE farm.

Ray Oliveraz, Olivarez Honey Bees (sponsor of this month’s program)

With queens, package, honey and pollination experience, Ray, his family and employees run about 10,000 colonies and are a potential employer for soldiers and veterans in a first-class commercial beekeeping operation.

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Previous mini-conference recordings may also be found at the registration link!