Georgia Farmers Market Association, Atlanta, GA
Number of years in the farmers market field: 5
Sagdrina Jalal is the founding Executive Director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association: a state wide organization led by farmers, farmers market managers and other local food advocates. GFMA seeks to support communities in growing healthy local food systems and foster pathways to equitable food access.
Sagdrina is a graduate of the University of Georgia and holds a Bachelors of Science in Education. A 2015 participant in SoulFire Farm’s Black and Latinx Farmer Immersion program, Jalal was selected to participate in the Center for Civic Innovation’s Food Innovation Fellowship program. She now serves as an Advisor to current Fellowship participants.
Her commitment to local food and health extends to her home life as she loves to cook, tinker with tinctures and considers herself a kombucha mixologist. She is currently a studying herbalism at Chestnut School of Herbal Medicine. Sagdrina has found her space in the good food movement; at the intersection of food and community.
Top 3 obstacles facing farmers markets 1) The need for sustained economic stability of small scale farms and farmers markets 2) Limited local food access in low income/high need communities 3)Potential policy changes.
Also a member of Georgia Organics, Georgia Food Policy Council, Center for Civic Innovation, SoulFire Farm Black and Latinx Farmer Immersion Program (Alumnae group), and Foodwell Alliance.