Jalal Sabur

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Farming Status and Plans

Years actively farming:

10+

Description of farming status, plans, and practices:

Sweet Freedom Farm is a Black-led, abolitionist project that is being hosted on several different sites where we are growing culturally appropriate vegetables, developing landrace grains including wheat, sorghum, and corn, educating young BIPOC farmers, hosting the Grow Food Not Prisons movement, and sending food to folks most affected by incarceration through several partnerships in Hudson Valley, Westchester, and the Bronx. 

We are feeding over 200 families in our target demographic all season and have grains, Maple and Apple Syrup, and high tunnel greens and roots throughout the winter, but are without any solid infrastructure to expand our business at the capacity we have plans to. We have the market for about triple what we are currently producing, but the lack of land tenure, lack of space to expand, limited greenhouse and cooler space, make-shift wash&pack, etc all are currently limiting our ability to expand. 

We currently grow on a total of less than 10 acres and are looking to expand onto another 10-20 acres. In addition to the food we are sending to families and folks affected by incarceration, we are also building a landrace seed project that is reindigizing crops like squashes, grains, garlic to be locally adapted varieties to this region. This project requires the ability to have space between seed project grow-out plots. 

Detailed business plans are available to discuss with an aligned land match. Because of our 10+ year relationship with folks in the Hudson/Germantown area, we'd prefer to stay in Columbia county but are open to moving for the right land. 

Does this farmer have a business plan?

In progress

Farm Characteristics

Preferred location:

  • Hudson Valley
    • Columbia
    • Delaware
    • Dutchess
    • Greene
    • Orange
    • Putnam
    • Rockland
    • Sullivan
    • Ulster
    • Westchester

Desired acreage:

1-5, 6-10, 11-20, 21-50, 51-100, >100

Infrastructure required:

Onsite housing, Water access

Crops and Livestock

Primary crops:

Vegetables, Grains

Farmland Tenure

Tenure options desired:

Farm Management, For Lease, Partnership, For Sale, Other Tenure Agreement

Additional Information

Will this farmer's operation qualify an eligible landowner for an Agricultural Assessment?

Yes

Experience & education:

Formal agricultural education, Farm owner, On farm work experience, Farm internship/apprenticeship