Welcome to Little Herds
Curious about #Entomophagy or #EdibleInsects?
You’ve come to the right place.
You can find the latest #InsectCuisine & #Entomophagy news 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.
Little Herds educates and empowers communities, both locally and globally, to support and promote the use of insects for food and feed as an environmentally sound and economically viable source of nutrition.
Little Herds is a 501c3 Charitable Nonprofit, founded in June 2013.
Current News: Daily Dose of Insects as Food and Feed
Help wildfire-fighting veterans crowdfund an updated kitchen for startup cricket farm – Cowboy Cricket Farm on Kickstarter, ends 9/27!
What’s The Bug-1-1? podcast pilot episode: Miru Kim and Joseph Yoon on bringing #InsectCuisine to NYC for #BrooklynBugs
Checkout the first episode of “What’s the Bug-1-1?” – a new podcast from Don Peavy, aka ChefPV, and our founder RNA. This first episode looks at what’s in store for bug-lovers when they get to Brooklyn for Labor Day Weekend 2017; hint hint, it might be lots of delicious bugs!
We’re super excited that friends and supporters like Bugible, Entomo Farms, Aketta, Seek Food, Merci Mercado, One Hop Kitchen and more will be joining us for this Labor Day weekend in New York City, with super-cool special guests Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky and Chef Mathew Peters. We hope to see you there!!!
Cowboy Cricket Farm in Bozeman Montana, a veteran owned and operated startup, is taking to kickstarter to build out their capacity and share their DELICIOUS cookies with the world. We can’t wait to try ours; get on over and check them out!
Little Herds mentioned in the news!
- Entrepreneur: “Meet the Entrepreneurs driving the edible insect movement,” Terry Strickland, February 7 2017
- Associated Press, The Big Story: “Fish and chirps? Crickets make leap in demand as protein,” Lisa Rathke, January 13 2017
Little Herds is partnering with Seeds Of Action for the 2017 #BugsEndHunger campaign, to raise awareness and funds for the creation of a Farming Insects Guide (FIG) to empower the growth of startup insect-farms for food security anywhere in the world.
Learn More about the #BugsEndHunger Campaign and our collaboration with Seeds Of Action
Little Herds’ collaboration with GrubTubs won a spot in the Tarmac TX 2017 Accelerator program in Austin, Texas. GrubTubs also took home first place in Austin Resource Recovery’s [RE]verse Pitch competition on 12/6! Learn more about our #ATXBSFL pilot project in Austin, Texas. Most recently, GrubTubs took home first place at the WeWork Creator Awards in Austin, landing $360,000 in prize funding to scale up the idea and bring it to market. GrubTubs services – providing farmers with the means of turning food scraps into chicken feed using insects – are slated to launch in fall of 2017.
Little Herds featured on BarnRaiser homepage!
Little Herds founder RNA (Robert Nathan Allen) was recently featured as one of BarnRaiser’s “Influential Voices,” alongside amazing Good Food advocates like Danielle Nierenberg of Food Tank. You can find more on BarnRaiser including news articles, Insect Food collections and even our 2016 BarnRaiser campaign page!
Second annual #WorldEdibleInsectDay, or #WEID – 10/23
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 are 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.
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 with GrubTubs on our #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!