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We meet personally with growers whenever possible and create partnerships built upon our mutual respect for quality botanicals and sound social and environmental practices.

Our Well Earth sustainable sourcing program is built on the expertise we've gained from over three decades of experience buying botanicals from all over the world. The direct relationships of Well Earth allow us to develop effective and meaningful social giving projects for our grower communities.

Well Earth™ is Frontier's proactive program to find and develop ethical sources of high quality products. It supports both our co-op's values and our mission to convert the world to organic and natural products. Well Earth promotes the sustainable production of natural and organic products and creates partnerships built upon a mutual respect for quality botanicals and sound social and environmental principles. It is part of a many faceted effort to provide our customers with high quality, socially responsible products that includes commitments to product quality, Fair Trade, organics, integrity, social responsibility and sustainable operations. The Well Earth program is built on our sourcing expertise resulting from over three decades of experience buying botanicals -- and meeting personally with growers -- from all over the world.

The Well Earth program is good for our suppliers, their communities, the environment, Frontier and consumers. Through this program, we are speeding the process of providing more organic, sustainable and ethically sourced products to our customers. By bringing high quality, socially responsible products to the marketplace, the program gives consumers the opportunity to use their purchases to influence the way the world does business.

The Well Earth program supports suppliers committed to excelling five critical areas:

  • Worker safety and fair treatment
  • Sustainable production practices
  • Environmental impact
  • Regional and community impact
  • Product safety and quality

Well Earth provides:

  • A viable, stable and accessible market for raw materials
  • Technical and financial support
  • A long-term purchasing relationship that supports the producer's business
  • Community support through direct financial contributions
  • Ongoing performance incentives that reward quality, environmentally and socially responsible activities
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    Well Being

    Spices: Organic Vanilla Bean, Organic Vanilla Extract
    Country: Madagascar


    We source our premium-quality organic Bourbon vanilla beans from a group made up of thousands of small growers in Madagascar, who grow, hand-pollinate, and cure the beans. Through our Well Earth program, we were able to help dig 49 wells in 38 of our vanilla-farming communities. This let the farmers increase their income by using the water to more efficiently and effectively process their vanilla beans, and made clean water conveniently available to nearly 25,000 people. Women and children no longer need to fetch water from streams for daily use, which sometimes meant walking for hours each day.

  • Community

    Community

    Spices: Whole Star Anise, Organic Vietnamese Cinnamon
    Country: Vietnam


    The people who harvest the bark of cassia trees for our Vietnamese cinnamon live in numerous small villages in the mountainous far Northern part of the country. Life in these remote hamlets still revolves around subsistence farming and foraging — and many children in rural Vietnam cannot attend school simply because they live too far away. Frontier is funding lodging, food and school supplies for 475 children so they can stay at their schools during the week, providing new opportunities for education in this remote region.

  • Nourishment

    Nourishment

    Spices: Organic Ground Turmeric, Organic Cayenne, Organic Black Peppercorns
    Country: India


    We buy our pepper from a Well Earth partner that’s a co-op of 1,900 farmers in the world’s premier pepper region of India. We recently installed a roller mill for the co-op to improve their processing efficiency and product quality. We also contribute to Akshaya Patra, a foundation in India that provides meals to children in remote areas. We funded a food truck specially designed to traverse rough terrain and keep food clean and secure. Many Indian children stay in school to get the one good meal a day Akshaya Patra provides.

  • Sustainability

    Sustainability

    Spices: Fair Trade Nutmeg, Fair Trade Ginger
    Country: Sri Lanka


    We worked with our long-time Well Earth partner the Small Organic Farmers Association (SOFA) in Sri Lanka — a 2,043-member cooperative of small-scale farmers — when we introduced Fair Trade Certified™ spices to the U.S. in 2010. We also gave SOFA a $25,000 grant for the construction of an organic training center to educate SOFA members and other farmers on organic, sustainable growing techniques, both in a classroom setting and on its fully functional research and development farm.