Midwife, Plantswoman, Organic and Natural Sales Expert
Prompted by health concerns in her family, Karen Farrell began studying natural foods and medicines at age 12. In her formative years - She studied traditional herbalism with Gladys Hadju and spent 6 years studying traditional home birth midwifery and women's health, both academically and in practice - including volunteer Midwifery journeys to Indonesia and Haiti.
Karen has worked the last 20 years in the Natural Products Industry, starting as a working member in a co-op, to working in an independent health food store to Whole Foods Market and the last 18 years in leadership in the sales & brokerage community.
Karen was the owner and force behind Topline Marketing, a highly successful Regional Sales and Marketing brokerage in the Natural Products Industry which she sold in 2013 to the most respected Independent National Brokerage in the US - Presence Marketing.
Karen is now the National Director of Brand Management for Nutrition and Body Care at Presence Marketing, where she oversees her team and the go-to market strategies for brands including Burt's Bees, Andalou Naturals, Dr. Bronner's, Navitas Naturals and many more well-known natural and organic brands.
Karen lives with her husband & two sons on 80 acres in the Maine Woods, which she's repopulating with endangered native medicinal plants - and is currently continuing her herbal studies at David Winston's Center for Herbal Studies.