McMinnville Innovation & Research Center

We create solutions that scale. As our home facility, the McMinnville Innovation Center is the epicenter of our efforts to accelerate, optimize, and deliver the full benefits of insect agriculture. 

Bioregional Core

Our project development spans the globe, but our home is in McMinnville, Oregon.

Scaling Solutions

About Our Center

Chapul Farms is an insect agriculture development company, with a mission to increase biological diversity and abundance in agriculture, leveraging insects as a missing link in closed-loop agricultural systems.

 

Chapul Farms operates on the Tainable campus to support the basic and applied research needs of insect agriculture, and support larger project development that will accelerate the climate and soil health beneficial impacts of insect agriculture. 

Co-Located with Soil Food Web

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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. The potency of insects to address climate change and food sustainability, can be attributed to their biodiverse gut microbiota. The opportunity to collaborate with the Soil Food Web on the exploration of these microbiological ecosystems is the ideal partnership to accelerate the adoption of insect agriculture as a sustainable and attainable climate change solution.

Purpose of Center

  1. Run trials on various feedstocks to analyze the performance of insects’ ability to upcycle organic waste streams into higher value nutrition

  2. 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

  3. Serve as an outreach/demonstration facility to educate a broader population on the regenerative potential of insect agriculture.