It's time to MACRO the MICRO-RANCH
Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch - Colorado's first and only edible insect farm - needs to raise more crickets and molitos to meet demand!
We need a new "micro barn" to meet demand for our sustainably-raised microlivestock! Sales have jumped up so much in the past three years that we can not keep up with local and national demand for the crickets and molitos (mealworms) we raise.
Help us raise a second micro barn! We can increase farming capacity by FOUR TIMES with a shipping container designed to raise crickets with maximum efficiency and yield. We have the orders, we have the land - all we need is you and a Chirp Box!* (see below for detailed definition of "chirp box")
We have plans to expand into the remaining six museums in the beginning of 2019 and into a dozen more retail stores (think airports and at special attractions) by the end of the year. Adding new demand when already sold-out means, in theory, all the crickets and mealworms we can raise are sold before the first eggs hatch!
About Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch
Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch is woman-founded and Colorado's first and only edible insect farm. One of about 12 such farms in the U.S., we raise crickets and molitos (mealworms) in a modified shipping container in the heart of Denver's vibrant Westwood neighborhood. At the macro level, RMMR is working towards solving a predicted problem we are only beginning to experience as a species: the reduced ability to raise food for a burgeoning global population due to the environmental effect of climate change on agriculture, as well as the strong effects agriculture has on increasing climate change. And, more simply, we just believe every single person has the human right to eat good, tasty food that is justly raised: just for the planet, for farmers, and for everyone.
Our origin story is also pretty simple - somewhat improbably, a 2013 UN report started founder Wendy Lu's obsession with insect farming. After starting to publish research on insect farming to improve people's access to food, she eventually could no longer stand that no one was farming insects in her home state of Colorado. In 2015, Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch was conceived! In 2017, Kyle, AKA, the "Bug Overlord" and an entomologist, joined RMMR after returning from Peace Corps service in Tanzania improving food security with bee-keeping.
In the ensuing years, sales growth has hopped like a seven week old cricket - up, up, up! Each year, sales grow by nearly ten times and now we are ready to expand production to keep growing - moving toward economic and environmental sustainability.
Whoa there, partner, you might be thinking, "Hmmm, insects...as food?"
Here's the WHY of eating insects!
- Delicious, luxury food: In the 164 countries where insects are eaten regularly, they're an opulence, considered a seasonal delicacy with exquisite flavors!
- Health: Insects are jam-packed with nutrition, way beyond protein (although most insects are a complete protein with all amino acids). Crickets, for example, have as much calcium as milk, as much iron as spinach, and as much B12 as salmon.
- Environmental: Farming insects needs vastly less land and water than farming other protein. Voila! Less use of natural resources means less greenhouse gas emissions. Good for you, good for the planet, and tastes great. That sounds like a pretty wonderful food, no?
*P.S. - What is a "Chirp Box" you ask? Great question!
A Chirp Box is a shipping container farm system designed by a veteran cricket farmer JUST to raise crickets! Using this system, we can farm FIVE TIMES the amount of crickets using the same space, meaning we can raise about 600 lbs. of crickets each month, using part time labor to care for them. Chirp chirp!
“Alternative protein sources are critical to developing more sustainable and ecological food systems. Cricket farming is a simple example of low environmental impact and a high protein source.” - Green Lab, @GreenLabOrg