Arzeena Hamir is a business owner and organic farmer in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, where she has lived with her family for over a decade.
As an agronomist, Arzeena’s career focus has always been the sustainability and well-being of communities.
In 2018, Ms. Hamir was elected to municipal office, where she represented her community for 4 years as Director for Area B and Vice Chair on the Board of the Comox Valley Regional District.
While living on the Lower Mainland, Ms. Hamir supported the creation of a number of community gardens and food literacy programs and spearheaded a ban on the use of cosmetic pesticides and GMO in the City of Richmond.
Arzeena was the staff agronomist with West Coast Seeds from 1997-99, taught soil management at the University of British Columbia, was the Coordinator for the Richmond Food Security Society from 2008-2012, and helped launch the Richmond Farm School with Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2010.
Ms. Hamir received her BSc in Crop Science and her Master’s degree in Sustainable Agriculture from the University of London, England. After graduation, she worked internationally with small-scale farmers in Jamaica, India, Thailand, and Bangladesh.
Arzeena and her family operate Amara Farm, a 25-acre certified organic farm.
Ms. Hamir sits on the following Boards/Committees:
Young Agrarians (Chair)
Farmers For Climate Solutions (Farm Advisory Committee)
Mid Island Farmers’ Institute
Immigrant Welcome Center’s Welcoming Communities Coalition
Comox Valley Community Health Network
Comox Valley Broadcasting Society (CVOX)
Comox Valley Food Policy Council
Comox Valley Arts
National Farmers Union Land Working Group