About Frontier Co-op
Since 1976, Frontier Co-op has been showing the world that Doing Good, Works.
Doing Good, Works.
Now more than 40,000-member owners strong, we’re dedicated to sourcing the highest quality spices, herbs and botanical products through our Frontier Co-op, Simply Organic® and Aura Cacia® brands — all while creating life-changing opportunities for our growers, employees and their families. We’re driven by a simple purpose: to do good by our people and planet. And to create a stronger company built on a commitment to quality and sustainability.
Well Earth Partnership: Vanilla from Uganda
Ugandan vanilla is prized for its unusually high levels of vanillin, the active flavor compound in vanilla. But challenges such as extreme price volatility in the global vanilla market, difficulty getting funds for operations and lack of training opportunities for growers have taken a toll on the Uganda vanilla supply and threatened the livelihood of vanilla farmers there.
Well Earth Partnership: Turmeric from Guatemala
While turmeric, a fundamental curry ingredient, is not native to Guatemala, the mountainous Cóban region has favorable growing conditions similar to India. A long-standing partner in our sustainable sourcing program, Well Earth, the federation of co-ops FEDECOVERA has worked with us to establish organic turmeric production among its members in Guatemala.
Well Earth Partnership: Turmeric from India
Frontier Co-op has developed a support program for small-scale Indian farmers to increase their production of heirloom turmeric varieties that yield the highest levels of curcumin, the root’s most highly sought-after compound. Together with long-time Well Earth partner Peermade Development Society Organic Spices (PDS), we're converting small-scale farmers to organic production and creating sustainable incomes for them.
Aromatics — a supplier of peppermint, spearmint and other botanicals grown in Oregon and Washington — was one of the first participants in our Well Earth program nearly 10 years ago. We supplied them with “no drift” signs and wind socks – the kind you see at small regional airports — to mark the boundaries of fields that were being converted to organic.
Well Earth Partnership: Peppermint from Oregon
The first step in helping our Well Earth partner north central Oregon expand their organic peppermint production was to conduct extensive field trials. We provided the funds for the season-long trials that began with planting in the spring and ended with quality assessments of the harvest taking place in July and August.
Well Earth Partnership: Cardamom from Guatemala
Our high-oil cardamom seed — some of the best in the world — is grown by farmers belonging to Fedecovera, a cooperative of nearly 50,000 growers that has been a partner in Frontier Co-op's Well Earth sustainable sourcing program since 2009. Through the years, we have helped Fedecovera expand their organic spice production and assisted in a number of facility and process improvements, as well as supporting their community programs.
Well Earth Partnership: Fennel from Turkey
Our fennel is sourced from a long-standing Well Earth partner in Turkey. It’s a local variety of sweet fennel grown in the region around the village of Tefenni in the southwest part of Turkey.
Well Earth Partnership: Pepper from Vietnam
Black pepper (Piper nigrum) is not native to Vietnam, but it grows well there. The country's economic reforms in the 1990s boosted pepper production and export and Vietnam has become the world’s top black pepper exporter.
Well Earth Partnership: Cumin from India
In Rajasthan, India, our Well Earth partner Swani Spice Mills works with 250 farmers across several villages to produce high quality, organic cumin seed (Cuminum cyminum). To ensure strict adherence to organic growing principles, Swani Spice deploys an agricultural support team that visits farmers and provides training and guidance on the most productive ways to produce an organic crop.
Well Earth Partnership: Parsley and Dill from Tunisia
Herbs like parsley (Petroselinum crispum) and dill weed (Anethum graveolens) show their love for healthy soil with bright, green color and delicate flavor and aroma. The regenerative practices of good organic agriculture helps maintain the nutrients that farm soil needs to stay healthy and avoid depletion that can affect crop quality and yield after just a few seasons.