Cooperation vs Competition from a farmer perspective

We all play an important role in regional food security.

Please join us for an inspiring and interactive evening with Arzeena Hamir, Professional Argrologist and Vancouver Island organic farmer.  Click here to register for your free ticket.

“Cooperation vs Competition from a farmer perspective” 

  • Discuss and identify the needs and challenges of new, potential, and existing local farmers, growers, and market vendors.
  • Interact with Arzeena and learn about the benefits of working in cooperation vs competition.
  • Help develop a snapshot of regional small and diversified farms.

Speaker Bio: 

Arzeena Hamir is a Professional Agrologist who specializes in organic food production. 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.  arzeena photo

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 2010, in conjunction with Kwantlen University, Arzeena helped to launch the Richmond Farm School.

She currently sits on the boards of the Certified Organic Association of BC and the BC Investment Agriculture Foundation. She and her husband run Amara Farm, a 25 acre certified organic farm, in Courtenay, BC. You can read more about Amara Farm at

Who Should Attend this meeting?

This meeting is open to the public with special invitation to;

Potential and Existing Farmers, Growers, Market Vendors, and Youth


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For more information contact :

Leslie Dyck  (talk/text) 250-230-1879

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