By Alan Miles
The Frontier prairie located at our headquarters in Norway, Iowa, was dedicated as The Kathy Krezek Larson Tallgrass Prairie upon the retirement of Vice President of Sustainability Kathy Larson this spring.
Kathy had a profound influence on Frontier in her three decades of work here. Her knowledge of herbs and aromatherapy was key to establishing Frontier’s expertise in those areas, she established our uncompromising product standards as quality assurance manager, and she was central to the development of Frontier’s social responsibility programs.
After we purchased farmland surrounding our Norway facilities, Kathy championed the effort to re-establish 21 acres of tallgrass prairie and a surrounding eight-acre buffer of native hedgerow plants. In 1992, she led Frontier employees in hand-sowing the seeds of prairie grasses, native wildflowers and the border of sheltering shrubs.
She visits the prairie frequently and treasures the plants growing there, making it an especially fitting tribute to her Frontier legacy.
Kathy provided the Cayenne Room with numerous posts about her prairie walks, highlighting the seasonal activities with beautiful photos. To learn more about the tallgrass prairie, visit our tallgrass prairie web page.
About the Author: Alan explores ideas and issues related to a sustainable lifestyle — from cooking and culture to social and environmental responsibility. He enjoys Shakespeare, but not as much as college basketball (Go Hawks!). Alan is a family man, liking nothing better than spending time with his wife of 34 years, his four kids and four grandkids.