Questions About Open Bug Farm

edited December 2013 in Bug Farming Questions
Frequently Asked Questions About Open Bug Farm

This discussion consists of the most frequently asked questions, taken from the forum and the emails we receive.

If your question isn't listed here, feel free to post it as a new discussion!

Q: What is Open Bug Farm?
A: Open Bug Farm is a project to create an out-of-the-box, home scale insect farming kit that will allow anyone to start building their own herd of edible bugs. For more information, see our blog post.

Q: How much is it?
A: We'll be able to release the final price once we finalize the design and production, our goal for the kit is to provide an economical means of protein production.


Q: How much is it?
A: We'll be able to release the final price once we finalize the design and production, our goal for the kit is to provide an economical means of protein production.


Q: How much is it?
A: We'll be able to release the final price once we finalize the design and production, our goal for the kit is to provide an economical means of protein production.


Q: What do they eat?
A: This totally depends on the insect! Some, like mealworms, eat primarily grain and chaff (like wheat bran). Crickets eat almost any vegetable matter, grains, even bread (we feed ours organic grains). Black soldier fly larvae will eat just about anything you put in front of them, while silkworms will only eat the leaves of the mulberry tree.


Q: How big and heavy is it / How much will shipping cost?
A: Keeping the kits compact and lightweight is a key design constraint we are working with to minimize shipping costs and space requirements.


Q: Will the kit be available in the UK? When will it be released and how much will it cost (including shipping)?
A: We are very excited by the large number of inquiries from interested individuals and groups in the UK. We are hoping to have kits available to ship to the UK and the rest of the EU at the time of our initial release in the first quarter of 2014. We are still developing the initial design, and we are working to minimize the weight and dimensions to keep shipping costs down. We will announce the shipping costs to Europe as soon as the weight and dimensions are settled. Due to import/export regulations, we will not initially be able to send starter herds outside the United States


Q: Is there any way to get one early.. pilot or beta test?!
A: We will be releasing the earliest viable product as soon as possible, targeting the first quarter of 2014 to get the first kits out the door.


Q: I am a teacher and interested in a kit for the classroom.
A: We think that our kits will provide a great opportunity for hands on learning about insects, ecology, and sustainable food production. We'll be continuing to share details about the kits as we approach release, and we encourage any teachers or school administrators to contact us directly once we start accepting orders.


Q: How much noise do crickets make?
A: Crickets only make noise as breeding adults, usually the 6th-8th weeks of their lives. Depending on the scale of your operation you can harvest most of your crickets just before they reach the breeding adult stage, saving a smaller percentage to repopulate. The breeding crickets do make a fair amount of noise, although many people find it to be a rather soothing, even pleasant noise. If they are raised in a shed or garage they will audible but not loud outside the walls.


Q: Do you have video tutorials?
A: Video tutorials are definitely on the list. We are pushing hard to release the kits as soon as possible which is taking most of our time, but we hope to start adding videos shortly after the initial release of the kits.


Q: Im interested in joining the team.
A: We would love to hear from you! Please send us your resume and cover letter. We keep all resumes on file for review when we are hiring.


Q: I wonder how much are your consultancy fees?
A: Please send us a description of your project and any contextual information such as whether you are non-profit, charitable, or educational organization or institute. We will be happy to provide a rate quote tailored to your specific needs.
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