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