Martinez cricket farm to be featured on 'Dirty Jobs'

See an overview of cricket farm, cricket poo and meal worm operations at Ghann's Cricket Farm in Martinez.
Tuesday, Aug 4, 2009 9:34 AM
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Ghann's Cricket Farm Inc. in Martinez is heading to the small screen.

Clay Ghann (left), president of Ghann's Cricket Farm in Martinez, sits with Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs, at a after-filming party. The business will be featured in the TV this fall.  SPECIAL
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Clay Ghann (left), president of Ghann's Cricket Farm in Martinez, sits with Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel show Dirty Jobs, at a after-filming party. The business will be featured in the TV this fall.

In coming months, the business will be featured in an episode of Dirty Jobs on the Discovery Channel.

The cable network hasn't set a date yet 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, profiles American workers who earn a living in unthinkable 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 into boxes for shipping.

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

Mr. Rowe shoveled and smoothed the waste in the back of a dump truck so that it could 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 by-products 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.

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pikeka
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pikeka 08/04/09 - 08:46 am
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Can't wait!!! I love that

Can't wait!!! I love that show!!!

jamc1103
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jamc1103 08/04/09 - 09:00 am
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As they say one mans trash is

As they say one mans trash is another mans treasure.

WISE-OLE-OWL
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WISE-OLE-OWL 08/04/09 - 09:06 am
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5 or 6 tons per week??

5 or 6 tons per week?? 10,000 to 12,000 per week??? They must have TRILLIONS of crickets. Can't wait to see the program.

coolette
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coolette 08/04/09 - 10:01 am
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Great story, we love the show

Great story, we love the show and it's nice to know our neighbor will be featured!!!!

soldout
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soldout 08/04/09 - 10:09 am
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I have an orgainic garden and

I have an orgainic garden and that is the only fertilizer I use. All the produce is excellent.

rufus
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rufus 08/04/09 - 10:40 am
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Ya ever smoke cricket poo?

Ya ever smoke cricket poo?

2 B JUST ME
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2 B JUST ME 08/04/09 - 11:00 am
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Some of the Crickets must

Some of the Crickets must have escaped cause i have some hugh ones on my front porch...

Philo-Publis
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Philo-Publis 08/04/09 - 11:53 am
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Wooooooot!

Wooooooot!

christie
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christie 08/04/09 - 01:28 pm
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Can't wait to watch the show.

Can't wait to watch the show. I love Mike Rowe.

poolmom
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poolmom 08/04/09 - 01:37 pm
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I used to live right behind

I used to live right behind the cricket farm and never had a problem with crickets. I think they do a great job maintaining the farm.

Evans Ga.
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Evans Ga. 08/04/09 - 02:38 pm
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This will be interesting to

This will be interesting to watch. I really like this show, it's so interesting.

Boston93
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Boston93 08/04/09 - 02:54 pm
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Another name for cricket poo

Another name for cricket poo is known as Kricket Krapp sold in the past at the top soil, cypress chipps, potting soil, etc. by the Sandbar Ferry Bridge on the Georgia side. Have bought/used in the past for fertilizer.

AsItIs
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AsItIs 08/04/09 - 05:04 pm
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Wish I'd known Mike Rowe was

Wish I'd known Mike Rowe was in town!
Bought a new Ford and truly expected to hear from him!

Tots
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Tots 08/04/09 - 05:11 pm
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Kricket Krapp is the best

Kricket Krapp is the best fertilizer.One of the old guys who grew produce on our land he used it.He had the best vegetables.

Happy Camper 455
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Happy Camper 455 08/04/09 - 06:40 pm
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Cool!!

Cool!!

JohnQPublic
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JohnQPublic 08/04/09 - 07:24 pm
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Love the show! I can't wait

Love the show! I can't wait to see the episode! My husband's friend uses the poop as fertilizer for his garden but you can smell the cricket poop on the veggies. Personally, I can't bring myself to eat the veggies because of the lingering odor.

ciymon
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ciymon 08/04/09 - 08:48 pm
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Dirty Jobs is one of the

Dirty Jobs is one of the coolest shows ever! My family just loves the show. We will be so excited to see one of our neighbors on the show. My 7 year old's favorite celebrity is Mike Rowe, he even dressed up as Mike Rowe for Spirit Week at school last year.

Tots
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Tots 08/04/09 - 09:08 pm
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I think Mike Rowe is so cute.

I think Mike Rowe is so cute.

rmorris30907
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rmorris30907 08/06/09 - 04:42 pm
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I knew a gal one time that

I knew a gal one time that had crotch crickets. Now, that was a dirty job!! Let's see him tackle that one.

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GaMedic 08/12/09 - 12:34 am
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Love that show! Lots of folks

Love that show! Lots of folks feed their families doing "dirty" jobs that help make life comfortable for the rest of us. Love that Mike Rowe and the show deliver that message so well. Can't wait to see someone from the CSRA on it. Way to Go!

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CalvinCool 01/26/10 - 12:58 am
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Best show on TV anymore. It

Best show on TV anymore. It features real folk doing real labor that puts food on their familie's tables rather than glorifying layabout simps who demand that the productive support them.

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