Farmer, Organizer and Educator
Jalal grew up in Greenburgh, New York. He led the Black Student Union at SUNY Purchase and organized students to distribute clothes and food to homeless people in NYC. Jalal co-created Potential 2 Power Project in East New York, Brooklyn, where he taught young people gardening, cooking, nutrition and know-your-rights skills. In 2011, he began growing produce at South Bronx’s Wassaic Community Farm where he started a CSA and a gleaning project. While at Wassaic, Jalal co-founded the Freedom Food Alliance, in Millerton, New York - a collective of small rural and urban farmers, activists, artists, community folks and political prisoners who use food as an organizing tool. Through the VROOM Cooperative and Victory Bus Project, Jalal connects urban and rural communities and provides transportation for people visiting family members in prison in the Hudson Valley. At the Sweet Freedom Farm in Germantown, which he co-founded, Jalal conducts farm education, a maple syrup operation, and is helping to build the Farms Not Prisons movement.