Local Organic Farming Efforts Get a Boost from Frontier Co-op


Norway, Iowa (June 2, 2014) — Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a leader in natural and organic herbs, spices and aromatherapy products, has committed $30,000 in donations to support urban farming and organic agriculture education locally.

Eastern Iowa non-profit Matthew 25 will receive $15,000 in support of its Cultivate Hope program. The program teaches families how to grow, eat and preserve high quality food in their own neighborhoods.

Feed Iowa First will receive $15,000 to support its efforts to grow and donate local produce to food pantries across Eastern Iowa.

"These organizations are not only nourishing our community with fresh, wholesome produce; they are educating our community on the benefits of local and organic agriculture – goals that align perfectly with our co-op’s mission," said Tony Bedard, chief executive officer for Frontier Natural Products Co-op.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op's donations are the result of its Simply Organic brand's 1% Fund. With the purchase of Simply Organic brand spices, seasoning mixes, baking flavors/extracts, and baking mixes, the co-op donates one-percent of Simply Organic net sales to support organic agriculture through education, research and grower development.

Matthew 25's Cultivate Hope created Iowa's first urban farm education center in 2012. Through Cultivate Hope, Matthew 25 has also established four school gardens at local schools and provides weekly garden related instruction.

"We are excited to partner with Frontier Co-op on school gardens and the state's first urban farm," said Clint Twedt-Ball, co-founder and executive director of Matthew 25. "This summer the farm will host field trips, summer farm camp for kids and produce food for more than twenty families. Having the support of outstanding companies like Frontier Co-op is essential helping kids and families connect with their food."

Feed Iowa First uses donated plots of land surrounding local churches, and local corporations like Rockwell Collins, GE Capital and Cargill to grow fresh produce for local food pantries. In a trial run in 2011 with one acre of donated land, Founder and Executive Director Sonia Kendrick grew more than one ton of vegetables for the Abundance of Love food pantry. Feed Iowa First is aiming for 25 acres of vegetables this year.

"Frontier Co-op is making it possible for Feed Iowa First to bring clean and safe vegetables to Eastern Iowa's food insecure," said Kendrick. "This gift is tremendous and will allow us to ramp up to a professional production facility."

Social giving is major component of Frontier Natural Products Co-op's unique cooperative business model. Annually, the co-op donates nearly $600,000 of it pre-tax profits to support research and to promote organic agriculture education and practices in the communities around the globe. Ranking it among other top companies in the nation for its yearly social giving as a percent of sales.

Simply Organic®

Simply Organic®, an all-organic brand from Frontier® Natural Products Co-op, offers an extensive and growing selection of certified organic spices, seasonings, and baking flavors while supporting organic agriculture around the globe. By providing the best available organic seasonings and donating one percent of sales to organic agriculture and education, Simply Organic genuinely offers "Pure.Simple.Joy.” Find out more about Simply Organic at www.simplyorganic.com.

Frontier Natural Products Co-op®

Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op® offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier Co-op, 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.

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