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Our goal is to create a nutritious protein bar made of crickets. What started out as Bumu has now become Jiminy, the same cricket farming project to empower mothers and children around the world with much-needed iron and protein. Initially, our goal was to sell bars directly to aid organizations that fed at-risk populations in developing countries. To achieve this goal, we then shifted to create a protein bar to sell in the US and donate a portion of the profits to support cricket farming in cultures that already eat insects.

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Dollars Raised: 100%

Funding Details

Deadline: Mar 01, 2013
Total needed: $800

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Bjorn Peterson '14.5,  Architectural Studies Brooklyn ME
Alex Bea '12, Mathematical Sciences & Economics double major Pasadena CA
Jonathan Schell '14.5, Geology Berkeley CA
Max Bacharach '14, Political Science Sioux Falls SD

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What we do
Our goal is to create a nutritious protein bar made of crickets. What started out as Bumu has now become Jiminy, the same cricket farming project to empower mothers and children around the world with much-needed iron and protein. Initially, our goal was to sell bars directly to aid organizations that fed at-risk populations in developing countries. To achieve this goal, we then shifted to create a protein bar to sell in the US and donate a portion of the profits to support cricket farming in cultures that already eat insects.

Check out our new video (JIMINY – SUMMER 2012) to see the progress we made over the summer!

How you can help
From Amherst, Massachusetts to Culpepper, Virginia, we’ve received offers from stores to put Jiminy bars on the shelves. In order to make that possible, we are raising funds for our first round of production.

More importantly, what are your thoughts? Join us in sharing your questions and ideas. If you have any thoughts about what we are doing, from bar design to distribution channels, to other possible support, send one of us an email — we really want to hear from you! You can contact us at Alex@bumu.co, Bjorn@bumu.co, Max@bumu.co, and Sebastian@bumu.co.

Who we are
The Jiminy team team consists of four bright and very driven Middlebury college students: Alex Bea, Bjorn Peterson, Max Bacharach, and Sebastian Schell.

Alex is the founder and leader of Bumu. Alex has experience developing economic models at Caltech and is currently an associate at the Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies, where he helps entrepreneurs to develop business plans and budget models.

Bjorn is the artistic mastermind behind our package designs. Bjorn worked on graphic design and sponsorship materials for the Middlebury College Solar Decathlon and has been working with the New York-based design company Traux and Co. He is also a Jazz champion.

Max has hands-on experience managing insect farms. Max has visited commercial cricket farms in Thailand and has successfully adapted the methods and materials that Thai farmers use to sustainably maximize cricket harvests.

Sebastian is our lead cook. Sebastian grew up cooking with and eating insects, and has culinary experience interning at the Michelin star-winning Bay Area restaurant, Chez Panisse, which is noted for using local foods to produce unorthodox and adventurous menus.

Contact us
What are your thoughts? We really want to hear from you! Our email addresses are Alex@bumu.co, Bjorn@bumu.co, Max@bumu.co, and Sebastian@bumu.co.


  • Glenn Goodwin

    It’s about time! Someday we will look back and say, what was so weird about that? Hill termites are also very tasty, sort of a coriander flavor, and mealie grubs can be bought at the African Market in Burlington. Where can I try/buy a bar?
    Glenn Goodwin ’71 Middlebury VT

  • Scott 6.5

    Though I think the name is catchy, I’m not sure the public is going to readily buy a protein bar made of crickets that is named after the one (and maybe only) anthropomorphized cricket in modern entertainment. It’d be like having Daffy Duck Soup, or Sebastian’s Crab Legs. I don’t want to eat those guys, they’re my childhood friends.

  • Erik Fendik

    This is a great idea guys!

    The R&D that you are doing is really needed. I wish that media talked about it more. For example, this one — at http://dvice.com/archives/2012/04/how-bugs-can-sa.php#8 — has a nice comprehensive overview of other studies done as well. If somehow media would take this issue seriously, more R&D could be done and new ‘green’ markets created. Not only this has a potential to nourish people all around the world, it can also boost our economy.

    As soon as my next paycheck is in and bills are paid, I will come here to donate! =)

    Thanks a lot for your hard work, Erik

    • Alex Bea

      Hey Erik,

      Thanks for your support!

      Best,
      Alex

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