Executive Director, Georgia Farmers Market Association, and Chief Operations Officer, Taproot Consulting

Sagdrina Jalal is sought after trainer, speaker, and facilitator on food, social justice, and community development topics. She is currently the founding Director of the Georgia Farmers Market Association, a statewide organization that seeks to support communities in growing healthy local food systems while fostering pathways to equitable food access. Sagdrina is the chief operating officer of Taproot, a firm dedicated to growing entrepreneurship, ingenuity, and agriculture in Southern communities. Taproot drives food-oriented economic development at the nexus of food, health, equity, and community.

A graduate of the University of Georgia, Sagdrina holds a Bachelors of Science in Education and was a 2015 participant in Black and Latino Farmers Immersion Program. She serves as an Advisor for both the Center for Civic Innovation’s Food Innovation Fellowship Program and Tuskegee University’s Organic Farming Project. Sagdrina is currently participating in Food Well Alliance’s City Food Plan Design Table. This collaborative effort seeks to provide insight into how to design a local government planning process to protect, enhance and support urban agriculture and food producing spaces in cities across metro Atlanta. She serves as a board member for the national Farmers Market Coalition and is a 2018 Well-Being Impact Area Advisor for the Community Foundation of Atlanta. In addition, Sagdrina was also selected to participate in CARE USA’s first Growing Solidarity fellowship program and attended their Food and Nutrition learning event in Cote d’Ivoire entitled She Feeds the World.

Welcome Reception Keynote, Thursday, March 7, 5:00 – 7:00 pm