GMO specialist to speak at next CV Horticultural Society meeting

The Comox Valley Horticultural Society welcomes Arzeena Hamir of Amara Farm to the June 16 meeting. The evening begins with a Meet and Greet at 7 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre in Courtenay. Everyone is welcome, however there is a $5 fee for non-CVHS members.

Arzeena Hamir is a professional agrologist who specializes in organic production. She came to the Comox Valley from Richmond in June 2012 with her husband, Neil Turner, also an agrologist, and their two daughters. They own and operate Amara Farm in Courtenay. You may have seen them at the Farmers’ Market selling the long curls of healthy garlic scapes, when in season, and other organic produce grown on their 25-acre farm.

Arzeena is also active in the agricultural community promoting the ethics of organic farming - speaking at local events, as well as instructing at North Island College.

She currently sits on the Board of the BC Food Systems Network, Certified Organic Association of BC, and the Island Organic Producers Alliance.

As guest speaker at the upcoming Comox Valley Horticultural meeting, Arzeena will be reviewing the basics of genetic engineering in her presentation titled: GMOs 101. She will also elaborate on the impacts of genetically modified organisms on our health and to our environment.

For more information call Leslie at 250-337-8051.


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