Resources

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There are thousands of resources for farming generally, and far fewer for insect farming specifically. The resources on this page are just the tip of the iceberg.

Getting Started

WikiHow has a very basic, very small scale guide to rearing crickets for reptile consumption. A good place to start if you haven’t raised insects before.

We used to call this episode of Dirty Jobs, featuring Mike Rowe and Ghann’s Cricket Farm, “the cricket farmer training video.” An excellent overview of what daily life is like for a large-scale cricket farmer.

I use PVC for low-cost framing, building racking and shelving, and a million other purposes. Commercial Industrial Supplies’ PVC Furniture Fittings takes the hassle out of fruitlessly scouring plumbing supply stores for the right 5-way crosses and sling tees.

The United Nation FAO’s Edible Insects page contains a stakeholder directory and other useful resources, including the 2013 report that catalyzed the growth of our industry.

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The Business of Farming

Sample Enterprise Budgets from the University of Iowa are an extremely helpful tool for planning your annual production costs.

SCORE offers many business planning resources, including business plan templates and funding modelling.

Six-Legged Livestock, published by the FAO in 2013, provides an in-depth examination of edible insect farming in Thailand.

Best Practices for Sampling at Farmers Markets by the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Services. Free samples are the most effective way to draw people to your farmers market stand and an essential part of overcoming “the ick factor” for insect and mushroom farmers.

Food Processing

Pleasant Hill Grain has an excellent overview of tools for making insect protein powder, from the tabletop scale to large production.

Insects as Sustainable Food Ingredients: Production, Processing, and Food Applications: first of its kind, ISFI offers a textbook-based approach to insects as food products.

Pertinent Regulations

FDA’s Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act

FDA’s Food Safety Modernization Act

Other Insects

Black Soldier Fly Farming: An excellent resource for small- and medium-scale black soldier fly farming.

BioPod is a home food-waste reduction system powered by black soldier flies.

Silkworms: Overview on raising silkworms from Mulberry Farms.

Open Bug Farm: Insect-rearing forum by Tiny Farms, catered towards mealworms.

Recipes

Bug Vivant

Entomo Farms

Girl Meets Bug

The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook, Revised: 40 Ways to Cook Crickets, Grasshoppers, Ants, Water Bugs, Spiders, Centipedes, and Their Kin by David George Gordon

The New Wildcrafted Cuisine: Exploring the Exotic Gastronomy of Local Terroir by Pascal Baudar

Other

David George Gordon is the original “Bug Chef!”

Bugible Aly Moore’s wonderful blog-turned-resource, and a phenomenal resource for planning events in the LA area.

Little Herds is a registered 501(c)(3) dedicated to educating consumers about entomophagy.