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General · 15th September 2017
Lu Schanfarber
"Garlic 101" will be presented by Arzeena Hamir at
Quadra Island Garden Club Meeting on October 16 7 pm at QCC

Talk description: Garlic grows extremely well in our region. Learn how to plant, fertilize, and grow large garlic cloves that will feed your garlic cravings for the year. Arzeena Hamir, from Amara Farms, has been growing garlic for over 10 years and hosts an annual Garlic Festival. Participants will leave with a list of resources of where to find supplies and will understand timing of planting, feeding and harvesting their garlic patches.

About Arzeena: Arzeena Hamir is a farmer and agronomist from the Comox Valley. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Crop Science from the University of Guelph and her Master's degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. Arzeena worked abroad for many years as a CUSO volunteer in Thailand and as a researcher in Jamaica, India, and Bangladesh. She was the staff agrologist for West Coast Seeds in the late '90s and ran her own seed company, Terra Viva Organics. From 2008-2012 Arzeena was the Coordinator of the Richmond Food Security Society where she oversaw a number of community projects which included a proposal to the City of Richmond to declare itself a GMO-free Zone. In 2015, Arzeena was one of the founding members of Merville Organics Growers Cooperative, a marketing co-operative based in the Comox Valley. Merville Organics operates a 120-share CSA and sells through 3 farmers markets.