He and the company’s cricket wrangler, Luana Correia, led me away from the empty breeder boxes to the nursery, split into two black tents. We pulled sanitary disposable booties over our shoes, unzipped a door, and stepped into an oppressive heat--the tents are kept at 90 degrees Fahrenheit and 90 percent humidity to nurture the young. It smelled like roasted nuts. Plastic boxes lined the walls, and Correia pulled one down to show me an egg carton inside. It teemed with uncountable baby crickets, nicknamed pinheads, the features on their fragile bodies nearly imperceptible. The tents hold three to four million in total. If they all grow to adulthood--unlikely, as pinheads are prone to accidental squashing--they will amount to 3,000 pounds of cricket meat, or 750 pounds of protein powder. By harvesting the adults every seven weeks, Big Cricket projects it will grow 60,000 pounds of crickets annually, and Next Millennium Farms, even more: up to 300,000 pounds a year.