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
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?
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.