Marla Carlson BA, BSc
My interest in organics began 17 years ago when I started to become interested in how the food I was eating was being produced. At the time I was living in the south west of England, in the heart of organic agriculture, and began to develop direct relationships with the organic farmers that were growing the food I was eating. When it was time to move back to Regina seven years ago, I accepted a position at Farmer Direct Co-op to develop and manage the domestic fair trade program. During my time at the Co-op I also had the opportunity to develop the Co-op’s governance framework, oversee human resources and be a part of the team that launched the Farmer Direct Co-op brand - the first domestic fair trade, organic good brand in the marketplace. I have recently started to work part time for the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate (SOD). SOD is currently going through a revitalization process and I am looking forward to applying all that have learned and the connections I have made in the organic industry to work with the board to strengthen the organization to ensure that it meets its full potential. In addition to the Organic Connections Board, I have also served as a founding board member and Chair of the Domestic Fair Trade Association and a member representative on the Saskatchewan Co-operative Association. Prior to my job with SOD I was a Board member of the Saskatchewan Organic Directorate overlapping with my work on the Organic Connections Board. I continue to be a committed organic consumer, gardener and cook. I love the work that I do knowing that it is contributing to developing and maintaining the infrastructure that is needed to ensure that organic farmers are supported, markets are developed and consumers are educated on the benefits of living an ‘organic life’.