Episode 7

The Climate Crisis and Farming

Release Date: August 7, 2022

In this seventh episode,

we draw attention to the very real impacts of the climate crisis on farmers and our food production system generally. Farmers are feeling the impacts now and need to be a part of the solution! We will hear from Arzeena Hamir, organic farmer and politician, about the important role that Farmers for Climate Solutions is playing in shaping agricultural policy and informing growers about steps that can be taken towards on-farm climate adaptation.

Dig deeper! Read more about Farmers for Climate Solutions, NFU’s climate policy, and Amara Farm.

As always, a huge thank you to the National Farmers Foundation (NFF)

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Who Will Feed Us Podcast Guest: Arzeena Hamir

Arzeena Hamir — Guest

Arzeena and her husband Neil own Amara Farm, a 26-acre certified organic farm in the Comox Valley on Vancouver Island. She is a local politician and was a co-chair of the Farmers for Climate Solutions Policy Task Force. Arzeena is committed to climate action on her own diversified farm and in ensuring that farmers’ concerns are voiced in policy and regulatory spaces.

Who Will Feed Us Host: Stuart Oke

Stuart Oke — Co-Host

Stuart is a young farmer from Eastern Ontario who, alongside his partner Nikki, owns and operates Rooted Oak Farm, a 12 acre organic vegetable and cut flower farm. After years of renting land Rooted Oak has recently relocated to Eastern Ontario, and the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Haudensaunee and Oneida Peoples. In addition to loving food and taking pride in growing food that sustains people, the farm was founded on the idea that farming is a political act, one capable of creating great change. Stuart is the former Youth President for the National Farmers Union and current Vice President for Canadian Organic Growers. He also serves on the Policy and Government Relations Working Group for the National Farmer Coalition Farmers for Climate Solutions.
www.rootedoak.ca @rootedoakfarm