Debra Boyle has joined Sutherland Produce Sales, El Cajon, Calif., as a member of the organics sales staff.
Boyle will help grow the customer base in Canada and the U.S. and help expand the grower base internationally, according to a news release.
Boyle, former founder and chief executive officer of Pro Organics, Burnaby, British Columbia, started her career in the organic industry as a market gardener where she grew and sold organic produce, eggs, milk and cheese. After moving to Vancouver, Boyle worked in the produce section in a health foods store and then moved into wholesale distribution with the start of Pro Organics in 1990.
In 2007, she left Pro Organics and headed to the Caribbean, joined the Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement, and traveled the island helping farmers transition to organic farming.