Cowboy Cricket Kitchen: Edible Insect Kitchen In Montana
As the world population grows we must find new ways to feed people. We make cricket powder to feed the you now, and the world tomorrow!
Wow! The last year has been quite an amazing ride… and it just keeps getting better! Over the last year we have won two major business plan competitions, taken 2nd place in another, received university and State of Montana grant funding for research, and now our greatest feat yet… A NEW COMMERCIAL KITCHEN!
With the new kitchen we will be able to ship all orders out by 30 November 2017, plenty of time before the holiday season!
Since the cricket farm started in January, we have been struggling to find a place to process our crickets. We were very fortunate to find support at the Livingston Food Resource Center in Livingston, MT and are grateful to them for the help. Unfortunately their facility is 45 minutes away… over a mountain pass! It is expensive for us to drive ourselves and employees to the kitchen to be able to process our food grade products, not to mention the dangers of going through the pass in the winter time. Now, however, we have a chance to change that!
Our awesome landlord has recently started building us a space for a new commercial kitchen. The catch? This means that now we need to buy our own equipment. Oh, no! This is where YOU come in. We need your help to make this a reality. We already have some amazing products being produced, but with the new kitchen we will be able to bring even more cricket goodness to the world, and even better we will be able to reduce our costs and pass that savings right onto you, our loyal customers. This means that we can lower prices while increasing profits and bring our products to an even larger crowd: the world over.
How are we going to do this though?
Kickstarter is a big part of it. The support, the orders for awesome gifts and prizes, helps a lot. We will have a lot of ongoing expenses though. Luckily, we have found a great way to cover these. Gallatin County currently has a shortage of commercial kitchen space available to rent and the spaces that are available are extremely expensive. So what we plan to do is find a few local Montana made, innovative food companies that are just waiting for a space. We will charge them a reasonable fee, not the exuberant amounts currently being charged, then we will help them grow their businesses as well! This hourly rental of our facility will help pay for our lease, utilities, insurance, and licensing for the kitchen. Even better, these customers will allow us to hire a full time kitchen manager.
By supporting us on Kickstarter not only are you helping to save the world for future generations (crickets are good for the world), but you are helping to create American jobs now!
Wait… I can save the world by supporting this Kickstarter campaign? Why yes… yes you can, and here’s how!
Compared to a pound of beef...
our crickets use 2,060X less water, 14 times less feed, produce 80X less methane, and use less than 1% of the comparable land mass. This means in our small, 2,000 sf facility we can produce nearly 50,000 lbs of crickets per year!!!! That would take 25 cattle 2 years and a whole lot more resources to produce the same amount of protein.
Not sold yet? What if I told you that you could save lives too? Crickets are known for being very high in protein, but many people don’t know that they also have twice the amount of iron per pound than beef does. According to the World Health Organization (who.int) iron deficiency is the leading cause of nutrition related illness in the world. Horrible diseases like anemia and pica are caused by a lack of iron in your diet. In most of the developed world, it isn’t a big of an issue as many underdeveloped nations, however it hits closer to home than you may think!
For women in the U.S., 16% in the age range of 14–50 years consumed less than the Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) for iron. By using our cricket powder in breads, cakes, cookies, shakes, ect. we can significantly increase the iron consumption on major populations back to safe levels. However, right now our powder is too expensive for many people to afford. By having the kitchen nearby, and at essentially no cost to us through renting out the space, we can significantly decrease the costs of the powder and make it more accessible to more people. So yes, YOU can help to save lives just by supporting our Kickstarter campaign.
Thank you for your time and support. We hope that you make the choice to support us today so that we can help others tomorrow!
Risks and challenges
We absolutely have risks and challenges associated with this project. It’s possible that our license gets denied (though we already hold a wholesale food permit so that is unlikely), or we might not be able to book enough clients to keep the kitchen running (we already have 3 clients on the waiting list!), or that a zombie dinosaur could come out of the mountains and eat everyone creating a zombie apocalypse that then the world as we know it! This is Montana, we’re known for dinosaurs, so I won’t completely discount that possibility.
We are prepared to tackle these possibilities (except the dinosaur thing, I really don’t think that anyone can prepare for that, sooo… sorry?). Not only do we already have our Montana Wholesale Food Permit, but we also work very closely with both the Montana Dept. of Agriculture and the USDA, along with the FDA and Montana DPHHS. We also work with Montana State University in the Entomology and Biochemistry Dept. to ensure that we have a detailed understanding of our feed and its effect on the crickets as well as best practices.
Additionally, we will have all orders ready to ship out by the end of November, so you can have everything ready for great holiday gifts too!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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