Our staff consists of dedicated professionals and volunteers skilled in the areas of law, science, business management and art with a commitment to giving back
Ms. Jillian Hishaw, ESQ.
Founder & Director
As a Midwest native for the past decade, Ms. Hishaw has worked extensively in the area of environmental education, civil rights, and agricultural policy. After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Tuskegee University, and a Juris Doctorate and Legal Master’s Degree in Agricultural Law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Ms. Hishaw’s work experience in environmental and agricultural advocacy has varied. Ms. Hishaw’s dedication to public service is reflected in the 2006 establishment of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) program, an inner-city environmental education program in Kansas City, Missouri, geared towards educating young Black males about ecology and conservation. The program was later adopted by a neighborhood association and the City of Kansas City Green Block Initiative.
As an Environmental Planner, Hishaw had the opportunity to enforce policy on a grassroots level, in working with federal, state and local municipalities to ensure compliance of the Clean Water Act provisions in low income communities. Furthermore, her work in civil rights within the federal sector to providing legal assistance to Black and Native American farmers during the settlement phase of two discrimination class action suits, influenced her current efforts in establishing a legal non-profit for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers in the Southeast. Ms. Hishaw is licensed in Wyoming.
Notably, Ms. Hishaw’s extensive law review and American Bar Association includes her latest Co-Authored article, How Socially Disadvantaged Farmer Initiatives Have Not Resolved USDAs History of Discrimination and Recommendations From Front Line Agricultural Workers, Tuskegee University-Production Agricultural Workers Policy Journal (Fall 2013 Edition).
Mrs. Yasmeen Qadimasil
JD Program Manager
Originally from Austin, Texas, Mrs. Yasmeen Qadimasil’s personal beliefs regarding environmental protection have laid the foundation for her professional career. Mrs. Qadimasil's federal agency experience within environmental advocacy stems from her policy, administrative and NEPA compliance experience at the National Park Service, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Ecological Society of America, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Mrs. Qadimasil received her Juris Doctorate from Thomas E. Cooley Law School. Additional educational credentials include a Master’s of Science in Biology from Howard University and a Bachelor’s of Science from Tuskegee University. In February of 2013, due to hard work and perseverance, Mrs. Qadimasil placed 5th (among 224 teams) at the National Negotiation Competition in Dallas, TX. Mrs. Qadimasil's coverage area is Georgia and South Carolina.
F.A.R.M.S. intern program allows young ladies from 15 to 28 years old to learn about agriculture from various aspects. This internship is dedicated to young ladies interested in agriculture to increase the number of women in the field of agriculture. Intern's are taught the legal intricacies of farm management, food safety, farm succession planning and more. Interns tenure usually spans from months to a full year, depending on the students availability. This is a volunteer position. F.A.R.M.S. selects several intern per year. Interns help with event planning, the management of our social media pages and other administrative duties. For more information about the program please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
F.A.R.M.S. - Hon. Pearson Student Award
The F.A.R.M.S. Family Student Award is designated for students majoring in agricultural sciences who are first or second generation descendant of a farm family in the Southeast region. All recipients must display academic excellence and be classified as a junior or senior class man. Our 2014 award recipient was Mr. Samual Gibson, our 2015 recipient was Ms. Jhaelynn Elam, and our 2016 award recipient was Mr. Terry Vines. Our 2017 award recipient is Mr. George Hunter an agricultural science major that comes from a farm family.
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.
We are happy to announce on our fourth year, Mr. George Hunter, as our 2017 Hon. Pearson F.A.R.M/S. Book Award Scholar.
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