Kevin ate his first insect in 2006 in Thailand. In 2009, he was exploring options for buying a dairy or chicken farm, but got frustrated with the business models, especially the land-use component. He realized that insect farming was a space-efficient way to employ non-traditionally educated people. But there was no demand for edible insects in the U.S.
Everything changed when the U.N. released a report called “Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security.” Kevin opened a pilot farm in Youngstown, Ohio, in 2014. He ran it until 2016, when he transitioned to consulting.
Kevin’s passion for insect farming reflects his desire to work toward “tikkun olam,” a Hebrew phrase meaning “repair of the world.” Growing up Jewish, he was inspired by the realistic optimism of this philosophy. The world may be broken, but we can always work toward healing. To make the world better for your grandchildren, you must tackle projects that take more than a lifetime to complete.
For Kevin, building the infrastructure of insects for human use is one of those projects.
Kevin sees the potential for insects to be used to reduce food and feed waste at each step of the supply chain, supplement and replace less efficient animal and plant proteins, provide stable incomes for marginalized and isolated populations, and dramatically reduce the human footprint on our planet.
You’ll find him answering your main farming operations questions, flying out to top-tier clients’ farms, and lobbying regulators for widespread adoption of insects for food, feed and fertilizer.
Jakub, or Kubo to his friends, is an architect who’s obsessed with insect farming. He combined his passions and became a specialist in designing insect farms. He 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.
Kubo owns Third Millennium Farming, a production cricket farm in Toronto, and runs a research and development firm.
Kubo is your go-to resource for questions about design, prototyping, and construction, especially for custom projects. He also runs trainings at his farm.
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.
Sanaaz’s expertise lies in the world of business-to-business sales and distribution, especially for pet food. She knows the ins and outs of manufacturer operations and supply chain logistics, so she can provide insight into securing large manufacturing and distribution contracts. She has additional experience in pet nutrition with an emphasis on alternative diets and exotic proteins.
For insect farmers looking to get into the high-margin pet supply arena, Sanaaz will be an invaluable resource.