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Purpose Driven: Aromatics

Aromatics


Aromatics — a supplier of peppermint, spearmint and other natural and organic 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. Farmers in the beautiful, high desert farmland, just beyond the shadow of Mount Hood, took notice. Aromatics was eager to teach them about organic agriculture – the methods, the benefits to the land, the quality standards and the better market prices, especially for niche crops such as echinacea, skullcap, catnip and alfalfa.


Through our Well Earth program, Frontier is working with Aromatics to convert more farmland and farmers to organic growing. We've provided a list of organic botanicals we need that will grow in the Northwest, and Aromatics identifies farmers who are willing to try to grow them for us. Well Earth provides funding for trial plats and research. Aromatics provides the farmers with information and works closely with them during planting, growing and harvest.


If the trials work out, the growers can scale up production with Frontier contracts. It’s a low-risk opportunity for them to explore expansion into new organic crops.


We’ve recently expanded Frontier’s domestic sourcing of certified organic echinacea, skullcap, catnip and alfalfa this way. Other trials in the works include cilantro, parsley, dill, fennel, thyme, stevia and oregano.


Your purchases of Frontier products help fund our Well Earth program supporting growers and helping increase organic agriculture — which many small conventional farmers are looking into as a way to keep their family farms alive.