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General · 23rd May 2018
The Garden Club
Learn how from expert organic gardener Arzeena Hamir.
The Quadra Island Garden Club presents a timely, educational public talk by organic gardener and agriculturist Arzeena Hamir, MSc on Thursday, June 7 at 7 pm at QCC. The talk is free to all garden club members and only $3 for guests. Fresh, homemade baked goodies and Lu’s organic berry ice cream will be served.

Lean How to Get Your Winter Garden Started Successfully ~ Practical Tips for All Gardeners

Winter is likely the furthest thing from your mind as you wander through the lushness of your garden. But just like we plan and seed summer veggies months in advance, now is the time to plan and start your winter vegetable garden. By continuing to plant well into September, your garden will produce an abundance of vegetables through the fall and winter so don't put away your seed- starting equipment.

According to Arzeena, you can have yummy veggies all winter long IF you get started on time! As an agronomist and local organic farmer, Arzeena is full of practical planting tips and winter gardening wisdom to ensure you have a successful winter garden.

You will learn what vegetable varieties are best to plant and when to plant them along with easy-to-use tips on preparing soil and maintaining the best growing conditions for your winter garden. In addition, Arzeena will discuss how to use season extension methods such as floating row covers, cold frames, and unheated greenhouses to keep winter production going.

About Arzeena Hamir ~ Garden Goddess

Arzeena is truly a renaissance woman! She is a teacher, a farmer, an agronomist, a food security activist and a mom. As one of BC’s most popular garden club speakers, she discourses on a wide range of useful organic gardening and food security topics.

Arzeena 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. She worked abroad for many years as a CUSO volunteer in Thailand and as a researcher in Jamaica, India, and Bangladesh where she encouraged sustainable and integrated agriculture, composting and natural alternatives to pesticide use.

She became staff agrologist for West Coast Seeds in the late '90s and then ran her own seed company, Terra Viva Organics. From 2008 to 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.

Local Heroine ~ Food Security Educator & Activist

In 2015, Arzeena became a founding member of Merville Organics Growers Cooperative, a marketing co-operative based in the Comox Valley. Merville Organics operates a 120-share Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program and sells through 3 farmers markets. She continues to share her passion for agriculture with local community groups such as the Comox Valley Growers and Seed Savers and the Fertile Ground Project. She also teaches soil science at North Island College and is Founder and Chair of the Mid Island Farmer’s Institute. Most recently, Arzeena became a Director of IAFBC (Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC) an industry-led, not-for-profit organization working to foster growth and innovation across BC's agri-food industry.

Arzeena’s family farm, Amara Farm, specializes in growing winter salads. She loves to introduce people to growing their own winter greens such as claytonia, tatsoi and mizuna. She has been growing winter vegetables for over 15 years and is dedicated to helping people start their own winter gardens as part of their permaculture garden design.

To learn more about Arzeena and her many garden-related activities check out these facebook pages:
https://www.facebook.com/AmaraFarm
https://www.facebook.com/arzeena
https://www.facebook.com/MervilleOrganics/

For more information about Quadra Island Garden Club activities contact Lu at 250-285-2213. Join our facebook group of local island gardeners at https://www.facebook.com/groups/971582922903469/