A BIT ABOUT US
The objectives of the Mid Island Farmers’ Institute, enshrined in the 1897 Farmers' and Women's Institute Act, are:
A. to improve conditions of rural life
B. to promote the theory and practice of agriculture
C. to arrange on behalf of its members for the purchase, distribution or sale of commodities, supplies or products.
D. to act generally on behalf of its members in all matters incidental to agricultural pursuits and rural development
E. to promote home economics, public health, child welfare, education and better schools.
Any funds collected by the institute shall be devoted solely to the promotion of the objectives of the institute as set out in the constitution. Through all of our endeavors we hope to display the conviction behind our beliefs.
DIANE JACKSON, Chair
Owner of Fitzgerland Farms.
Represents MIFI on Comox Valley Food Hub Steering Commitee and CVRD Airshed Protection Strategy Committee
Diane and her partner Andrew have been farming their beautiful ten acre property in deep Merville for 5 years now! Apart from the bounty of veggies they produce every year, they also breed beautiful Dorper sheep!
Fred de St. Croix, Treasurer
Bio coming soon!
THANUSHI EAGALLE, Secretary
Owner of Wild Bee Florals
Thanu focuses on growing heirloom and high value specialty cut flowers in Dove Creek, since moving to the Comox Valley in 2020. She grows and designs solely with local and seasonal flowers cultivated under sustainable practices, which are available through seasonal bouquets, arrangements, subscriptions, events and experiences.
JILL LAMBERTS, Director
Owner of Shorewolf Farm
Jill grew up in Ontario, spent some time in Seattle as an Environmental Scientist, became a Chef and then settled in the Comox Valley as a farmer. She’s passionate about food security and growing for her neighbours in Black Creek. She’s into soil regeneration and making sure her farm leaves a positive legacy for future generations.
ARZEENA HAMIR, Director
Owner of Amara Farm.
Represents MIFI on the Food Policy Council
Amara Farm is a 26-acre certified organic vegetable and fruit farm that was established in 2012. Arzeena & Neil moved their family from Richmond to start the farm and manage with a crew of fantastic staff and fruit pickers. Amara markets their produce through the CV Farmer’s Market, a weekly CSA Box program, and supplies a number of restaurants and processors in the Comox Valley.
LEROY MCFARLANE, Director
Represents MIFI on the Vancouver Island Adaptation to Climate Change Project and Tsolum River Agricultural Watershed Plan.
Leroy is very active in environmental initiatives and committees on Vancouver Island. He dedicates his time and expertise to bettering his community.
Jaclyn Kirby, Director
Owner of Yellow Boot Farm
Jaclyn and her partner Pat have been farming in Black Creek since 2020 on leased land found through Young Agrarians. She practices regenerative farming techniques, a vision shared by the land owners. Jaclyn got her start managing education gardens in the lower mainland. Getting picky eaters to try new veggies is her superpower! Yellow Boot farm is a mixed veggie farm with a summer CSA and can be found at the Wednesday Farmers Market.