Stewardship: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one's care — in Frontier Co-op’s case, this includes the health and welfare of the environment and all the people involved with producing and consuming our botanical products.
We meet personally with growers whenever possible and create partnerships built upon mutual respect for quality botanicals and sound social and environmental practices. Our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program is built on the expertise we've gained from over three decades of experience buying botanicals from all over the world. The direct relationships of Well Earth allow us to develop effective and meaningful social giving projects for our grower communities.
In the spring of 1992, employee volunteers planted 21 acres of tallgrass prairie at our Norway, Iowa, headquarters on land that was previously corn and bean fields. The prairie, which contains dozens of species of grasses and forbs, later became part of the United Plant Savers Botanical Sanctuary Network, a group of environments dedicated to restoring and preserving natural habitats and native plants.
In order to ensure quality in our products, we set high quality specifications and buy direct from responsible, sustainable sources — certified organic whenever possible. We handle product carefully from receiving to shipping to maintain quality and do extensive product testing to guarantee safe, high-quality products.
Doing business sustainably involves measuring your success in terms of social and environmental responsibility as well as financial results. We care deeply about the effect Frontier has on the world we live in — the people and communities we do business with, the way the production of our botanical products affects the environment, and the holistic health of us all.