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: Elder from Bulgaria
Our sourcing of Frontier Co-op elder leaf and elderberry is a great example of the mutually beneficial partnerships we build with our suppliers through our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program. Our Well Earth partner in Bulgaria supplies not only our elder products, but a number of herbs other that are all grown on small farms or responsibly wildcrafted.
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: 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.
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.
Grow: Johnson County
Grow: Johnson County is a hunger-relief and educational farm not far from our North Liberty facility in Iowa City, IA. The three-acre farm grows organic fruits and vegetables that are donated to local hunger-relief agencies and provides hands-on gardening and farming experience for community members of all ages and backgrounds.
Guatemala Dental Clinic
With the help of about $50,000 in donations from Frontier, our Well Earth co-op supplier Fedecovera expanded their dental services into a new clinic with new equipment and an additional dentist. The clinic in Coban, Guatemala, services 25,000 people (growers and their families) who are part of 41 independent farmer co-ops organized under the larger Fedecovera co-op.
HACAP Food Reservoir
The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program (HACAP) Food Reservoir is a nonprofit organization committed to providing food to the hungry. A Feeding America network member agency and American Institute of Baking (AIB) food safety accredited food bank, the HACAP Food Reservoir works in collaboration with community partners and businesses along with 105 non-profit partner agencies in seven counties of Eastern Iowa.
Indian Creek Nature Center
Frontier Co-op has given $150,000 to the Indian Creek Nature Center’s Etzel Sugar Grove Farm project. The funds will be used to help develop an organic farm to educate and feed the local community.
Kirkwood Hospitality Arts Study Abroad Scholarship
Frontier Co-op is a long-time supporter of Kirkwood Community College's Hospitality Arts Department. In addition to monetary donations, we provide spices for the instructional kitchens of their Culinary Arts program.