Arzeena Hamir Arzeena Hamir, Richmond, British Columbia

Arzeena Hamir is a female food hero because, when asked what role women can play in local food production and food security, Arzeena says it starts with self-empowerment. A teenage interest in social justice issues blossomed into a career in agriculture. Arzeena spent a decade working overseas with farmers in Jamaica, Bangladesh, India, and Thailand to encourage sustainable and integrated agriculture, composting and natural alternatives to pesticide use.Hamir returned to British Columbia, worked for several years as the staff agrologist for West Coast Seeds and then created her own seed company, Terra Viva Organics. Currently, Arzeena is the co-ordinator for the Richmond Food Security Society and sits on the board of the Richmond Fruit Tree Sharing Project, the Richmond Schoolyard Society and the BC Food Systems Network. In conjunctions with Kwantlen University, she helped launch the Richmond Farm School.