Gardener, organizer, and founder of the Crop Swap LA (formally called the West Adams Crop Swap). With a background in trading stocks and executive headhunting, he knows how to find the best people to do amazing things. He first began gardening during college with Xochiquetzal Peace Garden in Chicago, working with new families that gravitated to the garden. He then moved to Brazil to manage a social enterprise supporting orphaned youth and their organic cultivation efforts. He invented ToiletTrees®, a patent pending product that grows plants using the clean water in your toilet tank, is a member of the African American Board Leadership Institute, and partner at the BREAUX Capital. Personally, he practices Taoist teachings, is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and frequently practices these methods with his beautiful wife and two year-old daughter. He fully accepts his place as a leader in creating the infrastructure for prosperity.
Available for speaking engagements on topics of urban agriculture, systemic food injustice, and nutrient-grown food.
A longtime resident of the West Adams district of Los Angeles, Jelani started his career as a musical academy graduate and a jazz, hip hop musician. He joined the U.S. Army and served 3 years at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, WA. Over the past 20 years, Jelani has earned a HVAC certification, while also mastering various handyman skill sets including plumbing, electrical, photovoltaic systems, gardening and urban farming. Additionally, he is the creator of various homemade products including fruit oil extracts, soaps, fruit preservatives, wine, and dehydrated foods.
SMLA Media provides strategic marketing services across multimedia platforms. Headed by Samantha Marie, a professional filmmaker/video editor/DJ, she recently began working in social media. Originally from New York, she has lived in London, Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro and currently resides in Buenos Aires. She takes a break from computer screens by working in her rooftop container garden where she grows strawberries, kale, broccoli, swiss chard and even an occasional acorn squash; not bad for containers. She is passionate about healthy eating and proudly shows up at Argentine asados with vegan chorizos.
Community Gardeners and Experts
Helping in Various Ways!
We are grateful to numerous community members who have stepped forward to join our movement. These are professionals and regular people with an interest or experience in landscaping, construction, irrigation, regenerative growing systems.
Interested in Joining the Team? Commit your Skills!
Setup a call with Jamiah for pro-bono, capstone, or managed volunteer opportunities.