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About Jane

Horticulturist

Jane Squier has over 40 years of hands-on experience operating successful small- and medium-sized greenhouse businesses and market gardens. She has operated both organic and hydroponic systems in tropical, Mediterranean and cold (Zone 3) climates. She worked for two years as a District Horticulturist in Papua New Guinea.

Jane is constantly working to refine the choice of plant material, growing methods and technologies to grow nutrient dense food and to create efficient, sustainable and economically viable lifestyle businesses.

She shares her experiences and knowledge through on-farm weekend workshops, her website and youtube channel.

 

Jane studied horticulture and agro-ecology at Olds College and UBC.

Recently attended courses include Soil Food Web Foundation, Regenerative Agricriculture with the Soil Health Academy, and Integrity Soils. Jane is a certified Soil Food Web lab-tech and uses her skills to assess soil health.

In 2020 Jane received funding from Innovations Agriculture Canada for a year long study to assess the use of leaf sap analysis for management of cold-hardy citrus and avocado production.

Beyond operating The Garden, Jane's involvement in community development is extensive and ranges from establishing the Salt Spring Film Festival in 1999 to involvement with local governance in the areas of land use, water supply, organic waste management and transportation. She was the technical partner in the design and establishment of the award winning GISS Farm-to-Cafeteria Program.

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