From the country farm to sustainable farming visions for urbanized spaces
It all started when founder Katharina left her little home village on the border between Austria and Hungary to venture into the world as an industrial designer. She ended up in Hong Kong where she realized that most of the food there was imported and almost no one knew where it came from.
That´s why she started to investigate the current food system and looked into alternatives. Insects were one of the future proteins that were very promising and perfect to create a solution for people to grow their food independently at home.
The first projects with edible insects
Her first project and design was called „Farm432“ and was a design for rearing the black soldier fly larvae (won Red Dot Design Award!) and Farm432 Beta, manufactured in a small trial run.
Insect breeding all around the world
This took her all around the world, for example, working on insect breeding in Africa and Hawaii. After more prototyping and a Beta manufacturing trial for a research institute in Malaysia in 2015, she founded a new company, Livin Farms, dedicated only to growing edible insects.
Livin Farms Hive: Start of the journey
The development of the Hive™ for growing mealworms in peoples´homes followed !
From HAX accelerator in Shenzen to the Kickstarter campaign
In 2015, the team joined the HAX accelerator program in Shenzhen (China), the world´s first and largest hardware accelerator program. Supported by HAX, the Kickstarter campaign followed and a tour around the world to demo the Hive™ to people all over the US, Europe and Asia! 830 backers were supporting the campaign to pre-order a Hive™ or a MicroFood™ food sample with an overall amount of 145.000 USD. Thank you all so much for all your support!
Where we are now: Education + Large Scale Farming
Livin Farms now operates from Hong Kong as well as Vienna, Austria. Our mission stayed the same: empowering people to start a food revolution out of their kitchen. Since we are passionate about educating our customers about WHY it is so important to rethink our consumption patterns, we started an educational program and developed a revolutionary product, The Hive Explorer.
Currently, we are also developing our technology for industrial scale mealworms growing. We source the feed for our growing mealworm colony from a large retailer to close the loop. Stay tuned for more!