Chapul Innovation & Research Center
Our project development spans the globe, but our home is in McMinnville, OR.
Our center supports the basic and applied research needs of insect agriculture and enables commercial project development that will accelerate the climate and soil health benefits of insect agriculture.
Insect Lab Services
Chapul Farms Innovation Laboratory offers capabilities encompassing the full spectrum of insect agriculture.
We maintain the full lifecyle of Hermetia illucens (Black Soldier Fly) in our facility, monitoring key metrics to report the results most pertinent to your research.
We have many collaborative industry partners engaged in everything from waste management to aquaculture feed trials and can customize your specific needs, beyond the walls of our lab.
The Chapul Innovation Center supports the basic and applied research needs of insect agriculture and supports larger project development that will accelerate the climate and soil health impacts of insect agriculture.
Here, we evaluate insect biology at benchtop, pilot, demonstration, and commercial scale.
This bioregional engine of growth amplifies all of our efforts in global projects. What we discover in our local lab will optimize projects abroad, and vice versa, in this beneficial, circular model.
Soil research lab
As our "core production unit," the McMinnville facility is critical to supporting our commercial projects.
Customize front end engineering and design
Biotech demonstration site
Located on a 600 acre regenerative farm in collaboration with Tainable and Dr. Elaine's Soil Food Web, our projects showcase the potential of regenerative agriculture.
Co-Located with Soil Food Web
The opportunity to be co-located with The Soil Food Web is unparalleled. Dr. Elaine Ingham and the Soil Food Web platform have established themselves as global leaders in soil microbiology and the benefits it has to soil carbon sequestration, and applied plant and agricultural productivity.
Purpose of Center
Run trials on various feedstocks to analyze the performance of insects’ ability to upcycle organic waste streams into higher value nutrition
Analyze the performance of insect frass (manure) as a biofertilizer, adding essential microorganisms to healthy soil profiles that facilitate higher nutrient uptake to plants, soil carbon sequestration, and greater water holding capacity
Serve as an outreach/demonstration facility to educate a broader population on the regenerative potential of insect agriculture.