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ANAHEIM, CALIF. (MARCH 6, 2002) - Today, at its Fifth Annual "Meet and Greet" Organic Benefit Luncheon, the Organic Farming Research Foundation received the largest single donation, given by a member of the organic industry, in the organization's history. Frontier Natural Products Co-op contributed $50,000 to OFRF, which will help support OFRF's on-farm organic research program and to disseminate, free of charge, research results to every certified organic farmer in the United States.
Frontier, in co-operation with New Hope Natural Media, co-sponsored the luncheon. Frontier Chief Marketing Officer Terry Tierney presented the donation, symbolically represented by an oversized check, to OFRF Executive Director Bob Scowcroft and Ingrid Lundberg, a member of the OFRF board.
"On behalf of Frontier Natural Products Co-op, I present this donation to OFRF, not only to show our strong support for the vital work of the foundation," said Tierney, "but also, more importantly, to challenge my fellow members of the organic industry to help promote scientific research that will further underscore the contributions and importance of organic agriculture in America!"
To emphasize the heft of the donation amount, Scowcroft and Lundberg struggled good-naturedly with the check when Tierney handed them the oversized replica. Scowcroft then addressed his audience, many of them who, over the years, had contributed to OFRF's activities and projects: "Frontier Natural Products Co-op, has raised the philanthropic bar for the organic industry, particularly in an area which receives very little support compared to its importance to the value-added food chain." said Scowcroft. "Better organic farmers translates to better organic food," he emphasized.
Scowcroft noted that OFRF must raise at least a million dollars over the coming year. In addition to Frontier's major gift, Scowcroft noted that, in the past, Working Assets, a long distance, credit card, Internet services and broadcasting company that gives a portion of its revenue to nonprofit groups, donated the largest gift to OFRF from an "outside" corporation not directly involved in the organic industry. Still, Scowcroft did not mince words as he speculated that raising the necessary funds would be a challenge in this most recent, tougher economic climate.
According to Scowcroft, the convention center luncheon traditionally serves as the unofficial kickoff to "Organic Day" at the Natural Products Expo-West, held each year in March at the Anaheim Convention Center. At the event, Scowcroft took the opportunity to thank the foundation's supporters as well as provided an update on OFRF's grant-making program, new policy initiatives and the state of the U.S. land grant research system.
What's more, the gathering provided an opportunity to highlight the breadth and depth of organic food offerings. "This all-organic luncheon showcases the culinary possibilities, diversity and broad selection of organic foods available in the world today. Our team of chefs has gone over the top this time," he marveled to an audience of over 300 attendees.
The lavish all-organic buffet luncheon, prepared by Los Angeles-area Chef Donna Prizgintas, private chef to Screenwriter David E. Kelley and his actress wife, Michele Pfieffer, Chef Chris Blobaum of the Surf and Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, and their colleagues, including such organic delicacies as skewered filet mignon on roasted peppers with rosemary mascarpone polenta, wild mushroom and parsnip stew, hot broccoli salad, pasta salad nicoise with turkey breast, and mesclun salad with spice roasted walnuts. They eye-popping dessert course included apple tart Tatin with rose geranium scented cream, warm chocolate truffle cake with tasted almond ice cream and espresso crème anglaise, and fresh gingersnap cookies. Assorted juices, pale ale, coffee and tea accompanied the all-organic meal.
About the Organic Farming Research Foundation - Headquartered in Santa Cruz, Calif., the Organic Farming Research Foundation is a non-profit foundation that sponsors research related to organic farming practices, disseminate research results to organic farmers and to growers interested in adopting organic production systems, and educates the public and decision-makers about organic farming issues. www.ofrf.org.
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Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM)
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM) offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at www.frontiercoop.com .