Courtesy of Ghann's Cricket Farm: Clay Ghann's father created a business out of raising crickets for fishermen and now pet owners. If you have a frog or a lizard, you've probably bought live crickets for it to eat. But did you ever think about the story behind them? It turns out to be more dramatic than you'd expect.
In 2009, one of the largest companies, Ghann's Cricket Farm, was producing 200 million crickets a year and employing almost 50 people. After being in business for more than 50 years, they pretty much had it down to a science. What could go wrong? But then they - and the rest of the industry - were nearly wiped out by a virus.The Beginning
Clay Ghann's father loved to fish. So when he wanted to start his own business in 1952, he had the idea to sell crickets as bait. He designed a wooden box specially for shops to store them in, and he drove around the eastern half of the country, stopping in small towns and looking up the local bait shop.
"The first few years were quite lean," Ghann says. "He always said if he hadn't had a good patch of collard greens those first fewRead More »from The Life of a Cricket Farmer