Board Member Amy Franklin, MS, DVM
Dr. Franklin holds a B.S. in Forest Resource Management from West Virginia University, M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Villanova University and a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.
Dr. Franklin is founder of Farms for Orphans, Inc., a nonprofit organization based in Loveland, CO. Farms for Orphans provides training and resources in edible insect farming to vulnerable youth in countries where the consumption of insects is a culturally favorable practice, providing these youth with a sustainable source of protein and economic opportunities. Currently, FFO is training orphanages and street youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to farm palm weevil larvae, a popular, typically wild-caught food source throughout the Congo Basin. FFO plans to incorporate honey bees into their farming program to produce honey as an additional source of income for orphanages.
Dr. Franklin is a member of the HBVC, Northern Colorado Beekeepers Association and the North American Coalition for Insect Agriculture. She divides her time between the DR Congo and Loveland, CO where she resides with her husband, three children, two mammoth donkeys, three dogs, a fat rabbit, a flock of chickens and countless honey bees. She is currently working toward her Master Beekeeper certification.