Happy #WEID, or #WorldEdibleInsectDay!
If you’re curious about “#entomophagy,” or #EdibleInsects, you’ve come to the right place!
1st time trying edible insects? Start here. Looking for edible insect products? Check here. Checkout upcoming events here, and the latest #InsectCuisine news is below.
Little Herds is an educational nonprofit based in Austin, Texas, teaching the next generation about insects as a resource efficient, nutritious and delicious food or feed through experiential STEAM based programs; family friendly events; public advocacy outreach; and partnerships with educators, universities and other organizations.
Current News: Daily Dose of Insects as Food and Feed
Second annual #WorldEdibleInsectDay, or #WEID
While people were celebrating all over the world for WEID, we were so happy to have our friends Aly Moore of Bugible and Wendy Lu McGill of Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch throwing parties in Los Angeles, California and Denver, Colorado to help raise awareness of #InsectCuisine. You can see some of the great posts and photos here!
New Open Source Resources
The folks at Bitwater Farms announced this week that they’re not only giving away a free cricket farming habitat, they’re making the designs OPEN SOURCE so that anybody has access to these tools and plans. OpenCricketFarm is the third Open Source project for insects as food or feed, joining OpenBugFarm, the mealworm farming design community and Ento.Ed, the middle school curriculum for mealworms farming.
Latest Crowfunding Campaigns
As we continue our fulfillment phase of our own crowdfunding on BarnRaiser earlier this summer, here at Little Herds we’re excited to see other companies using the combined power of the public’s support and social media to jump-start new business endeavors. The Entomophagy community is a huge beneficiary of the crowdfunding model, with many successful brands like Chapul, Exo, SixFoods (Chirps), Gathr Foods (CroBar), CricketFlours, Grub, CrowBar (Jungle Bar) and more starting out with the help of friends, family and strangers who believed in their ‘zany’ idea.
Here are some great campaigns that need your support to spread the word!
Twin brothers Dave and Lars are bringing cricket protein to Denver, Colorado with their new brand, Lithic Nutrition. Creating both protein bars and protein powder, this veteran owned and operated startup is changing the way you look at your functional nutrition. Check out their Kickstarter and spread the word!
Congratulations to Sidiki Sow for hitting his Kickstarter goal! Now he can start cricket farming in West Africa to help communities address food security in an empowering and sustainable way. We love this idea, and it echoes many of the values behind our collaboration with the Farms For Orphans project.
Congratulations to the gang at SENS on hitting their goal! Now it’s on to the stretch goal – new flavors! These folks are going where no protein bar has gone before, touting 20g of complete protein per bar (soy, dairy and gluten free) using fruits, nuts and crickets. These look super tasty, so we’re excited to get a chance to try some. In order for that to happen, they’ll need your help in sharing their campaign.
Know of other campaigns that need help raising awareness? Let us know! Send us a link on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll update this page with it.
Curious what we’re up to?
- Our #EntoEduKit will let us share edible insects with teachers and children at 200 schools across the country.
- With our partnership with Farms For Orphans we’ll be empowering orphanages in Kinshasa to grow their own food with insect farming.
- We’ll be beginning our Industry Reports Project to provide public data to help grow the industry.
- And of course we’ll still be working on starting out #ATXBSFL Pilot Project to transform Austin food waste destined for the landfill into high-quality poultry feed with BSFL micro-farms.
As a 501(c)3 charitable nonprofit, we’re funded by public contributions from people like you. If you appreciate the work we’re doing to educate the public about insects as a nutritious and resource-efficient food or feed, please consider donating today to keep us going!