Kevin Bachhuber and Jaci Ampulski founded Big Cricket Farms LLC, the first insect farm in the United States to receive FDA and state licensure for food-grade insects. After over a decade in the edible insect space, they have been thrilled with the opportunities they’ve had working to collaboratively bring new farmers to market, help existing farms grow their bottom line with new products and processes, and guide some of the world’s largest food companies through the world of sustainable protein.
Big Cricket has come a long way since the days of farming in Youngstown, Ohio, and the experiences they’ve had throughout the years with the edible insect industry have been utterly invaluable and have given them the opportunity to create a resource so that others in this blossoming industry can benefit from their and their partner’s collective experiences.
Big Cricket’s network is a wide-reaching web of incredibly talented industry experts and partners who make their team the amazing and ever expanding group that it is.
Cheryl PreyerBusiness Strategy, Feed & Supply Chain Management
Kevin BachhuberCricket Farming Expert
Aly MooreBusiness Development & Marketing
Jakub DzambaArchitecture & Design
Marc “The Cricket Man” SanchezThe Cricket Man
Jaci AmpulskiCEO & Director
Cheryl brings 20 years of corporate experience in sourcing for fast food chains. In 2014, she formally made the switch to the insect world, doing business development for Yellow Springs, Ohio-based EnviroFlight LLC. She now serves as Secretary and Feed Policy Administrator on the board of the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture, and runs her own marketing and strategy consulting firm.
Cheryl is our resident expert in insect feed and supply chain issues, with a deep understanding of the needs of major protein buyers around the country.
Kevin Bachhuber is an award-winning consultant in sustainable agriculture, small-business innovation, and finance. Co-founder of the first American insect farm to obtain food-grade certifications, his pioneering work as an engineer of green technology solutions has pushed the insect farming industry in a dramatic new direction.
With over 15 years’ experience in finance and small business, Kevin has devoted his expertise and energy toward helping families affected by the financial crisis, organizing grassroots movements, and pushing forward sustainable methods of insect farming. His work at Big Cricket Farms earned Popular Science‘s 2014 “Best of What’s New” award in the Green category, runner up for Nutrition Business Journal‘s “Sustainability Award,” and speaking engagements at Yale Food Systems Symposium and TEDx.
Notable Talks, Appearances, and Events:
- Featured in The Gateway Bug documentary.
- Appeared in Bugs on the Menu documentary.
- Speaker at 2017 Vassar Food Symposium (2017).
- Speaker at ICE (International Conference of Entomologists (2016). Topic: Mainstreaming Edible Insects: The Next Steps
- Ohio State University, 2016. Cooking with Bugs: Culinary Aspects of Edible Insects.
- Host to Cuban commercial attaches following lifting of US-Cuba Sanctions (2015).
- Featured in CNN’s “Great American Stories” series (2015).
- Le Cordon Bleu at James Beard #TasteAmerica Dinner (2015).
- TEDx Youngstown (2015): Alternative Protein.
- Guest instructor at Culinary Institute of the Arts (2015).
- Yale Food System Symposium (2014): Edible Insects Panelist
- American Museum of Natural History (NYC, 2014): New Tech Meets Ancient Food: Rapid Prototyping & Commercial Edible Insect Production
- Eating Innovations Conference 2014: Edible Insects as a Means of Economic Revitalization
- Ohio State University Agricultural Extension (2014): Entomophagy: Research and Career Opportunities in Edible Insects
After studying public health at Yale University, Aly Moore searched for a way to address the challenges to feed our growing sustainably and nutritiously feed our growing population. She started Bugible.com (blog) to support the growing insect agriculture industry and slowly grew a cult following on Instagram. To reach broader audiences, Eat Bugs Events was formed as an Aladdin’s den of unique educational events like Bug & Wine Pairings, Bug Dinners & Bug Cooking Classes. Since, Bugible has become the leading media & PR brand for the insect agriculture industry, appearing on Netflix’s Bill Nye, Food & Wine, Forbes, & others. Today, Bugible focuses on continuing to spread awareness about other sustainable and nutritious potential of bugs through collaborations with institutions of all kinds from the International Culinary Center, Yale University, Parks & Recreation Districts, or even the Girl Scouts of America.
Aly serves as the largest US ‘brand ambassador’ for the insect education space, leading public awareness and education campaigns to benefit companies industry-wide. She has over six years of experience in design, strategy, business development and marketing. Her background includes coaching companies in market research, product positioning, client/market development, refined/value-added product ideas, and general industry-specific consulting.
Jakub “Kubo” Dzamba is a Master of Architecture renowned across North America as the leading expert in compact cricket farming technologies. He has been innovating in the field for over 10 years developing architectural technologies in high-density, high-efficiency urban insect farming, and has served as a consultant for nearly every major edible insect farm in North America. He also created one of the first desktop cricket farming modules and helped launch one of the first commercial-scale operations growing food-grade crickets in the U.S.
In addition to the attention he has received from large-scale cricket farming operations, his doctoral exploration of small-scale urban insect farming has expanded the scope of human knowledge regarding sustainable agriculture. Jakub’s work has also earned him finalist positions in both the McGill Hult and Dobson Cup Entrepreneurial Competitions and has served as the focus for the documentary Kubo’s Crickets which aired in 2017.
His innovation in urban agriculture, the “Chirpbox” facilitates modular proximity of feed, food production, food processing, and consumption – providing a framework for socially and environmentally sustainable, holistic, local agriculture.
Jakub owns Third Millennium Farming, a production cricket farm in Toronto, and runs a research and development firm. He is your go-to resource for questions about design, prototyping, and construction, especially for custom projects.
Marc “The Cricket Man” Sanchez
Marc Sanchez aka “Cricket Man” got his name farming crickets for 10 years. He is the producer and host of the Ento Nation podcast and infozine that was launched in late 2017, and is the driving force behind the Bug Wagon. He was also a cook in the Coast Guard, and is a gypsy at heart.
According to Google analytics the Ento Nation has reader/listeners from over 200 countries who are interested in bugs in some form or fashion.
We call them Bug Lovers. All part of the Ento Nation, because the Ento Nation is a State of Mind & Heart.
“CRICKET MAN IS THE UNDISPUTED VOICE OF THE EDIBLE INSECT INDUSTRY.”
-DAVID GEORGE GORDON (AKA THE BUG CHEF), AUTHOR, THE EAT-A-BUG COOKBOOK
Cricket Man will be personally introducing people to edible insect products. He knows 90% of the edible insect product manufacturers’ stories, personnel, and experiences in the market, and has probably had the CEO of most edible bug companies, entomological thought leaders, and bug-based cuisine foodies on the podcast at one time or another. He actually considers the people in the insect world his Bug Family.
He’ll know the product’s history better than anybody else on Earth except the product manufacturers themselves. Nobody has a more widespread, business insider, personal relationship with the companies, entrepreneurs, insect farmers, bug chefs, ento-foodies, and other industry leaders and lovers of the entomophagy movement than Cricket Man. He knows the people, companies, and their products intimately, and is a fountain of live edible insect information to all the contacts.
With a degree in Biology and Environmental Studies, Jaci Ampulski has been deeply interested in the environment and sustainability her whole life. A true Jack of all trades, Jaci has been consulting and working in project management since 2007 in fields including – but not limited to – usability, healthcare information technology, finance, dog training, real estate, acrobatics, community-supported agriculture, insect farming, and others.
Jaci has been working in the edible insect industry since 2014 and, along with Kevin Bachhuber, co-founded and worked as COO of America’s first cricket farm to receive USDA human food-grade certifications. She has worked extensively in the industry and traveled around the country advocating for the use of bugs as an alternative protein. She has been featured in bug advocacy campaigns and documentaries with her farm such as The Gateway Bug.