Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Frontier Natural Products Donates $10,000

NORWAY, Iowa — Frontier Natural Products Co-op, a leading U.S. manufacturer and marketer of natural and organic products, has donated $10,000 to help expand the Everdale Environmental Learning Center’s Farmer For a Day program.

The program provides an interactive experience that turns kids' curiosity about plants, animals and where their food comes from into a basic understanding of sustainable farming and animal care. Frontier's Simply Organic seasoning line provided the donation from a fund of one percent of its sales set aside for the support of organic farming.

Everdale Learning Center teaches sustainable living practices on a working acre organic farm with mixed livestock, a model ecological home, classroom space, forests and meadows. The center maintains demonstration models of operating, sustainable technologies and has teachers who are specialists in areas such as straw-bale construction, solar and wind systems, farming, and eco-landscaping.

"We are happy for an opportunity to support a program so in tune with our values of organics and sustainability," says Kathy Larson, Frontier's vice president of sustainability. "Everdale's new Farmer For a Day program gives kids valuable hands-on experiences that encourage them to think about food, farming, and health. Perhaps this program will develop some of the future environmentalists and concerned citizens we need to solve our ecological problems."

The Farmer For a Day program focuses on providing a general understanding of the origins of food supply and food systems, as well as experience in organic growing on the farm. Students spend much of their time outdoors on the farm and are asked to bring items such as old clothes, boots or shoes that can get muddy, work gloves and sunscreen. Participants leave with a new understanding of the methods and possibilities of sustainable agriculture, energy and construction.

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, 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.

Everdale Environmental Learning Center is a non-profit environmental learning center situated on a 150-acre organic farm in Ontario, Canada. Its purpose is to teach sustainable living practices and operate an exemplary organic farm. Everdale provides over 25,000 hours of sustainability training each year for people of all ages and backgrounds, including hands-on farm apprenticeships, weekend courses and workshops, family-oriented events like tree plantings and picnics, school programs, and educational tours for the public.

Frontier has long been a supporter and promoter of sustainable products and sustainable agriculture, and its involvement with Everdale Environmental Learning Center is a perfect match. In a sense, donations such as this will serve as an investment in the future as the children taking part in the Farmer For a Day program will be impacted not only now, but also in the future.

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