We're happy to announce that we are releasing an initial BETA version of the Open Bug Farm Mealworm Farm Kit, now available from our online store!
If you've been thinking about growing some bugs, whether for cooking and eating or feeding to chickens or reptiles, Open Bug Farm is the best way to start! Be one of the first to try out the new kit and contribute back to our growing field of knowledge. Your feedback will be instrumental in shaping the evolution of Open Bug Farm!
The Mealworm Farm Kit is designed to provide a harvest of up to 1kg of mealworms per month - enough for eight 1/4 pound mealworm burger patties :) Of course, you're free to produce less than this, or you can extend it with extra Mealworm Grow Bags. You can easily grow enough to sell or give to friends. To see how it all works, check out the instructions on our Wiki.
The complete kit costs $154, including Ripstop Nylon covering for climate and dust control, but you can get started growing bugs for just $22 with a single MealwormGrow Bag. Every purchase helps our team take Open Bug Farmfurther. That said, you can build it all yourself for free - we'll be making the plans available on our Bug Farming Wiki over the coming weeks.
Everything has been developed with a lot of input from our awesome community, but this is only the beginning. The entire kit is open source, meaning the designs will be available for anyone to use, for free. You can build your own components, make improvements and share what you learn with fellow farmers.
We're incredibly excited about what this means for the future of bug farming! We know that by putting the means of production in the hands of people all around the world - not by locking away secrets with patents and lawsuits - we can all work as a team to help feed the world.
Come be a part of something amazing!
Co-founder, Tiny Farms
p.s. We were featured by Wired Magazine on Monday - check out why they think open source is the future of farming, and how Open Bug Farm could help make all the difference!