ecoBalance Farms

Edible Insects

Since 2018

Our Story

EcoBalance Farms has a mission to become the recognized industry leader in its targeted market for cricket farming, to industrialize the process, and to make the product more affordable, while maintaining a low environmental impact.
There are 900 species of crickets.  Easily confused with the katydid, the grasshopper, and the cicada.  You might know them best for their stridulations, the romantic chirping to attract potential mates which is made by the males rubbing their second set of wings together. We chose them because of their availability, potential in rapid growth, low environmental impact and mass population.  Crickets have a global popularity, 80% of the world already feasts on crickets daily.  You may wonder “Why Crickets?”, easy answer, Crickets are a complete source of protein and nutrition.  So, what makes them so popular?  For starters, they produce virtually no methane and require minimal feed, water and space compared to traditional protein sources.  They’re also nutritionally balanced and down-right delicious.  Eating insect isn’t a new idea, but we are striving to help make it a better one with our product.  Eating insect (entomophagy) is more of a rediscovery of ancient and current practices, but with a modern focus to commercialize this amazing superfood protein source.  The resurgence of edible insects today is inspired by the sustainability of their production as a food source and new food applications.  Turn these sustainable wonders into powder, add wholesome ingredients like apples and almonds, and you’ve got some delicious fuel.
We strive to be global industry leaders in the edible insect movement. More than ever we need a nutritious source of protein that is eco-friendly and resource efficient. EBF is proud to provide a high protein and micronutrient-rich food solutions derived from the supply and development of crickets. We aim to reduce our own carbon footprint by farming crickets. Crickets can be produced in large quantities with fewer harmful emissions and using much smaller amount of resources, such as land and water, than can identical weights of beef, pork or chicken. On one acre of land in one year, we have the potential to produce 12,000 ton (24 million pounds) of crickets. While it takes two acres to raise a cow and calf pair to market size which is approximately 24 months. Crickets produce 1% of the greenhouse gases that cows produce. Crickets require a tiny fraction of the water that cows do to make the same amount of protein; Crickets – 1 gallon, chickens – 567 gallons, pigs – 800 gallons and cattle – 2,000 gallons. At the same time cricket flour is more than half protein by volume. See how they stack up to other protein sources; Cricket flour 65+%, Beef Jerky 33%, Chicken 23%, Salmon 22%, Egg 12%.

EcoBalance Farms was founded by our CEO, Starla Barnes, PhD. She is an advocate of insect consumption, a practice technically known as entomophagy.  She has 20+ years experience in Dairy and Aquaculture (fish farming), with a strong background in research, data analysis as well as breeding systems.  Her education includes;
· Associates Shasta College, CA
  • Diesel Mechanics, 
  • Small engines and gas motors
  • Heavy Equipment
· BS University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Dairy Science, minor Agriculture Law
· MS University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Molecular Bio Chem  
  • Reproductive Sciences
· PhD University of Wisconsin, Madison
  • Nutrition



In today’s organic farming community there is a growing interest in obtaining the cricket frass (by product) for use as fertilizer. The frass can fertilize at a rate of 1 pound per 20 square feet of land. Frass contains a component called chitin (kitin). Once plants detect Chitin in the soil, they respond as though they are being eaten by insects, which causes the plant to protect itself. This means that Chitin creates an autoimmune response that acts in a vaccine-like manner for plants. It signals a plant to produce natural toxins which fend off its enemies like pests and fungal pathogens. Thus, alleviating the need for man made pesticides.

  • Maximize plant growth
  • Increase pest resistance
  • No root burn
  • Slow release
  • Cost-effective
  • Sustainable
  • 100% Natural


Soil Amendment: This product works best if mixed into your potting media or soil prior to planting. Add 1 lb. per 20 sq. ft for raised beds and garden rows or 1 cup per cu ft of bagged soil.
Root Drench: If your plants are already potted, add to dechlorinated water (1/2 cup per gallon) and root drench, or top dress and water thoroughly.
Foliar Spray: Use 1-2 tsp per gallon of dechlorinated water and apply weekly to leaves. Do NOT spray in direct sunlight.
Top Dress Row Crops, Raised Beds, Lawns & Potted Plants: Add up to 1Lb. of insect frass per 20 sq. feet of soil or potting media. Lightly sprinkle over root zone and water in thoroughly. Re-apply weekly or as necessary. You will see when the Insect Frass has been absorbed into the soil. If plants begin to relax, it's time to reapply. For best results use dechlorinated water.

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Nutrients AnalyzedAnalysis Dry Wt. BasisLb./Ton as Received BasisAnalysis Dry Wt. BasisLb./Ton as Received BasisAnalysis Dry Wt. BasisLb./Ton as Received Basis
Total N,(TKN)%4.9290.335.33101.096.74123.75
Total Carbon %43.09791.1341.32755.3339.85731.65
C:N Ratio8.8:1--7.5:1--5.9:1--
Nitrate-N, ppm32.00.0625.00.0548.00.09
P₂O₅, %2.43044.613.38061.793.52064.63
K₂O, %2.09038.373.21058.683.16058.02
Calcium, %1.88034.522.65048.443.45063.34
Magnesium, %0.4007.340.62011.330.62011.38
Sulfur, %0.3907.160.5209.510.56010.28
Zinc, ppm157.00.288172.00.314212.00.389
Iron, ppm4620.86181.17721.4
Manganese, ppm54.00.09975.00.13785.00.156
Copper, ppm36.00.06637.00.06844.00.081
Boron, ppm34.00.06246.00.08450.00.092
Sodium, %0.0801.4690.0500.9140.0500.918
Salts as EC, mmhos/cm6.0--7.9--7.4--
Dry Matter, %91.8183691.4182891.81836
Analysis conducted by Stukenholtz Laboratory, Inc. Twin Falls, Idaho


  • Hagerman, ID, United States
  • PO Box 492