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The purpose of F.A.R.M.S., is to provide services to small farmers and reduce the level of hunger in the farmers community.  We also provides educational services to farmers and youth in the Southeast. 



Mission Statement

Family. Agriculture. Resource. Management. Services. (F.A.R.M.S.) exist to assist small farmers expand their retail markets by reducing hunger in their community and to educate farmers and the next generation of farmers about agriculture.

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F.A.R.M.S.'s Goals:

  • To reduce the percentage of hunger;

  • To increase economic opportunities for farmers and landowners; and

  • To create and support youth agriculture outreach and education through the arts.

Where We Work:     Alabama, Georgia & the Carolinas

*F.A.R.M.S. is a 501 (c)(3) organization





Program Video

Farm to Food Bank

F.A.R.M.S. in partnership with the Pee Dee Land Trust in Florence, South Carolina are working with farm families to grow and distribute fresh produce to regional and local food banks like Harvest Hope Food Bank in South Carolina.  In 2014 we donated 3,600 lbs of produce and in 2015 over 15,000 lbs of fresh produce was donated to local food banks, pantries and Senior living facilities in the Southeast. 

Youth Education Programming

F.A.R.M.S. staff in partnership with the Pee Dee Land Trust in Florence, South Carolina are conducting interviews of small farmers to document the history of agriculture in the region and teach students about the cultural legacy of agriculture in the classroom.  The Hootie & the Blowfish Foundation grant has allowed students to learn about agriculture with the use of photography. 

Hon. J. Pearson F.A.R.M.S. Student Award

The F.A.R.M.S. Family Student Award is designated for African American students majoring in agricultural sciences who are first or second generation descendants of a farm family in the Southeast region.  All recipients must display academic excellence and be classified as a Junior or Senior classman at an Historically Black College or University Land Grant Institution.  Our 2014 Award Recipient was Mr. Samuel X. Gibson and 2015 was Ms. Jhaelynn N. Elam of Tuskegee University.

The Honorable Judge J. Richmond Pearson was born on January 10, 1930 in Birmingham, AL.  In 1984, Judge Pearson was the first Black circuit court judge to be appointed to the bench in Jefferson County.  As a young attorney, Pearson was among the group who represented Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights protesters jailed for violating rules against demonstrations.  Judge Pearson's purpose in life was to improve the lives of the under-served, which is in alignment with FARMS mission provide assistance to farmers of color. FARMS thanks the Pearson family for their support and condolences for the recent passing of Judge Pearson.