Carl was raised on a tobacco farm in Norfolk County, Ontario. In 1987 he and his wife formed the company which grew tobacco, shitake mushrooms and ginseng. He worked as an auditor for the “CanAgPlus” Canada GAP On Farm Food Safety program, and was a member of the Norfolk County Agricultural Advisory Board. He is a past chairman and currently a director and chair of research on the Ontario Ginseng Growers Association board which he has sat on since 2000. While growing ginseng today he works extensively with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Universities throughout Ontario and private industry researching many ginseng issues.