'Dirty Jobs' show comes to Martinez cricket farm

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See an overview of cricket farm, cricket poo and meal worm operations at Ghann's Cricket Farm in Martinez.

Ghann's Cricket Farm Inc. in Martinez is heading to the small screen.

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Clay Ghann stands in the warehouse that holds 25 to 30 million crickets at Ghanns Cricket Farm in Augusta.  File/Staff
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Clay Ghann stands in the warehouse that holds 25 to 30 million crickets at Ghanns Cricket Farm in Augusta.

The business will be featured in an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel.

The cable network hasn't set a date for the episode to air. New episodes of Dirty Jobs return in October, according to a Discovery Channel media representative.

Dirty Jobs, with host Mike Rowe, is a series that profiles American workers who earn a living in unusual ways.

Camera crews arrived June 30 and followed owner Clay Ghann and his staff as they performed daily routine tasks. Ghann's Cricket Farm grows crickets of different sizes as live food for reptiles.

"They wanted it to be a regular day in the life of a cricket farmer. I guess there were a dozen different tasks that we would perform. Mike Rowe would watch one of my people do it, and then we would explain what we were doing and why we were doing it," Mr. Ghann said.

Then Mr. Rowe would attempt the task on his own. The routine jobs included collecting eggs; measuring a certain volume of baby crickets and dispensing them into bins to grow until ready for sale; and loading them in boxes for shipping.

Ghann's Cricket Farm produces five or six tons of "cricket poo" each week, which customers buy in bulk.

Mr. Rowe shoveled and smoothed the waste in the back of a dump truck so that it could be measured and priced for customers, Mr. Ghann said.

"It's a great organic fertilizer. That's one of the most interesting things from their perspective -- that one of our byproducts is also quite a viable product on its own," he said.

A customer recommended the business for the show. Mr. Ghann was contacted in December, but he had to keep the filming date confidential.

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.

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MSLADYBUGK 08/05/09 - 08:45 am
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Wow!!!

Wow!!!

Jen2803
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Jen2803 08/05/09 - 11:06 am
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I love Mike Rowe and his

I love Mike Rowe and his show. I can't wait to see this episope!!!

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jeffreyd 08/05/09 - 12:40 pm
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Wish I'd known Mike Rowe was

Wish I'd known Mike Rowe was gonna be in town, woulda nabbed that cutie.... haha. Pretty cool!

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emergencyfan 08/05/09 - 03:34 pm
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I love the show! Mike Rowe is

I love the show! Mike Rowe is great! Funny and willing to take it all on, not some naby-pamby staged stuff. He comes out of those shows with scars, ba-be!

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rrjr4ever 08/05/09 - 07:48 pm
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It is a dirty job! I worked

It is a dirty job! I worked at the Cricket Farm in 1984 as a summer job when I was in high school. As I'm sure Mike found out, the smell is horrendous...my clothes had to be left outside! One thing for sure, it was still fun working there! Can't wait til the episode aires.

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stillamazed 08/06/09 - 07:50 am
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Good story, can't wait to

Good story, can't wait to watch it, I like that show but I always wonder how people do those jobs....I don't think I could. Look forward to the episode.

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esmc68 08/07/09 - 08:19 pm
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We can only hope that it will

We can only hope that it will be as funny as the geo duck episode.

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jlynch2 08/08/09 - 03:15 am
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Mike Rowe is HOT HOT HOT!

Mike Rowe is HOT HOT HOT!

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