For the first time after the kick-off meeting, project partners in the EU-funded FARMŸNG project were able to meet face to face in the annual General Assembly. This time, project coordinator Ÿnsect invited all partners to Poulainville, north of Amiens, where Ÿnfarm1 is being built.
It was impressive to see the progress achieved over the course of the last two years: from groundbreaking at the site to the first stone-laying, to now a bustling construction site with almost 500 workers, employing mainly (sub-)contractors from the region, erecting warehouses up to 40 m tall. In other work packages, the first high-quality genome sequence of T. molitor has been published, quality control protocols established, market analyses performed, and an LCA methodology developed to analyse the footprint of the main products of the vertical insect farm: protein meal, oil, and fertiliser. We are looking forward to the start of production, planned for later this year.