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Cowboy Cricket Farms LLC

Submitted by: Kathleen Rolin
Business Website: http://www.cowboycrickets.com
State: Montana
City: Belgrade

Business Description

We develop the technologies needed to feed the world! Cowboy Cricket Farms is a leader in the edible insects in the US. We raise crickets, cricket automation systems, and process crickets into food.

What makes your business one of the best small businesses in your community?

We take the time to educate. There are many things that set us apart in our community. For instance, we are the first edible insect farm in Montana, we have won more awards than any other start-up in Montana, and we are very transparent with our practices. More than anything though, we educate. It is imperative that we inform people why we do this, and why they should want to change our food landscape as well. In a state known for cattle farming, we are creating an alternative. Our livestock are 2,060X more efficient with water, 14X more efficient with feed, and create 80X less methane than cattle. Crickets also create the same amount of protein, but twice the iron. By educating our customers and the general public we are paving the way for the next generation to have reliable, sustainable food sources.

The following responses will be considered in judging for a SCORE Award.

How has working with a SCORE mentor helped your business?

SCORE, and Rick in particular, gave direction to our business when we didn't really know what to do with it. Because of Rick we started giving farm tours which lead to several retailers and news outlets learning about us. This snowballed into several awards, grants, and increased sales. Rick has also given us a sounding board. Someone that we can talk to and receive honest feedback from. He has a great perspective on our business because he sees it from the outside. Often times our judgement is cloudy because we are so involved, but by having a SCORE mentor on our side we are able to be shown the big picture and refocus on what is important.

Please describe the specific ways that your business has been successful and how it will grow in the next year.

Cowboy Cricket Farms has been successful both in our internal practices as well as in the public eye. We have taken what is a largely foreign concept to most Americans and began to make it main stream, even accepted. Additionally we have successfully developed, through use of research grants from the State of Montana, the processes required for our "Super Cricket" with increased nutritional properties. All of this has set us up for the coming year. We now have the resources and technologies to pursue the development of an automation system that will allow more cricket farms to be created. In 2018 we are also expanding our retailer network outside of Montana and bringing on partner farms to help us keep up with demand.
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