Linda WhitworthLinda Whitworth is the market development manager for the Alberta Barley Commission (ABC) as well as a home economist with an extensive background in the food industry.
From her time as a consumer counsellor with Calgary Co-op, to numerous positions with various food groups and commodity boards, to her current role—Linda has a wealth of experience when it comes to food and recommending healthy options to consumers.
Among her family, friends and co-workers, Linda is the go-to person whenever there is a food-related question no one else can answer. She attributes this to her time with Calgary Co-op where her primary role was to answer consumer questions related to the home and food. Teaching courses, testing recipes as well as working with food groups and grocery stores has only added to her extensive library of food information. This passion for acquiring food-related knowledge started at an early age.
Linda’s mother as well as her grandmother—who was a home economist—always encouraged her to touch, smell and work with foods while growing up. Her father also instilled his natural curiosity for food within her and raised Linda to have an open mind when it came to food.
It’s not hard to believe that Linda fell in love the idea of becoming a home economist from the moment she studied it in the seventh grade. While she may jest that being a home economist fulfills her secret dream of being an actress, there is no doubt that Linda is in her element while working with the public, answering consumer questions, conducting food demonstrations and making TV appearances.
When it comes to food, Linda’s philosophy is simple: we can eat healthy while supporting local, Canadian farmers. “We have so many interesting things on the forefront in Canada,” she said. “With barley, for example, it meets so many niche markets: eating ancient grains, eating local and eating healthy.”
Linda lives in Calgary, AB, with her husband and two children.