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Meet Jillian Hishaw, CEO Of Family Agriculture Resource Management Services (F.A.R.M.S.) In South Carolina

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1. Please, can our readers get to know you? Briefly introduce yourself to our audience.

Jillian Hishaw, an attorney and CEO of F.A.R.M.S. provides technical and legal services to farmers of color while reducing hunger in the farmers communities.

2. What exactly are you into? What is your business all about? 

Providing legal services to farmers of color

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Repost By kishlb: #JillianHishaw has dedicated her life to service. As the founder of Family Agriculture Resource Management Services, or F.A.R.M.S., she advocates for #smallfarmers, especially farmers of color in high poverty rural areas. As an attorney specializing in #agriculturallaw, Hishaw uses her expertise to fight for America’s small farmers so they can keep their land and grow their businesses. The loss of her family’s own small farm inspired her to pursue this work. We asked Hishaw to tell us about her passion for serving this community of small farmers, and how F.A.R.M.S. is expanding to help communities serve families who are food insecure. The following is an edited and condensed version of that conversation. Learn more about F.A.R.M.S. on Instagram, or on Twitter at @FARMS30000, and follow Hishaw at #jillianhishaw. Tell us what F.A.R.M.S. is currently working on. Currently, we are busy working on providing legal and technical services to aging small farmers to make sure the family farm is protected from predatory lenders, nursing homes, and other people and entities who want to take advantage of the elders. On a weekly basis, I get calls from farmers who need encouragement because many farmers and landowners are under intense Street Meet the finalists for the third annual Renewal Awards Who is part of the F.A.R.M.S. community? We work not only with small farmers of color in high #poverty rural areas in the South and Southeast but as the challenges of small farmers have gotten worst our clientele now is small farmers in general. When I first started this work, I primarily worked with black and indigenous farmers because in the black community, nearly 30,000 acres of land ownership is lost annually. It’s why I named our website www.30000acres.org. As the years have progressed and small farmers are constantly being forced out of business and off their land, we now focus on providing services to small farmers across the country.

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3. What inspired you to get started?

My own family lost farmland due to a dishonest lawyer so it inspired me to start F.A.R.M.S.

4. What is your educational background?

Bachelors’s Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University, Legal Master in Agricultural Law, Juris Doctorate of Law, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

5. What are your motivations?

Retain Black owned farmland

6. What advice do you have for other people who want to do this same thing?

Secure an internship at a reputable organization and initially don’t offer your services for free.

7. Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?

F.A.R.M.S. will be self-funded.

8. Any present or future projects?

Food Bank program

9. What is the biggest challenge you’ve experienced in your business as a person of color?

Not receiving more support from people of color, not securing large grants to fully fund the organization.

10. Are you Married or Single?

Not Applicable

11. How can we connect with you on social media?

Instagram @f.a.r.m.s www.30000acres.org

12. What is your greatest accomplishment?

Hard to pick one…..establishing graduating law school/passing the bar exam; est. F.A.R.M.S., donating nearly 300,000 lbs. of produce to rural communities of color.

13. As a person of color, what advice will you give someone starting their own business or career?

Don’t quit your day job, until you have built up a savings and focus on the legal structure of the company.

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