Black Farmers Index announced that it has formed a *partnership with Family Agriculture Resource Management Services, also known as F.A.R.M.S. to strengthen advocacy for Black farmers.
As issues around agriculture grow, and people around the country want to know more about Black farmers and Black growers, Black Farmers Index and Family Agriculture Resource Management Services, also known as F.A.R.M.S., are now showing support by highlighting each other’s work and providing media support to each other’s efforts.
“F.A.R.M.S., new partnership with the Black Farmers Index will allow us to offer more services to farmers! The Index has become an essential part of our portfolio offerings and we look forward to future growth,” said Jillian Hishaw, president of F.A.R.M.S.
“It is so imperative at this juncture in our conversations around food and farms, and the plethora of issues around the agricultural industry, that we work collectively in ensuring those who feed us, and those who work with farmers are elevated and highlighted,” said Dr. Kaia Shivers who is president and founder of Black Farmers Index. “We are so excited to partner with an organization that is doing critical work to keep farmland in the family and also committed to filling up food banks with fresh produce.”
F.A.R.M.S., an organization launched in 2013 by agricultural attorney and author, Jillian Hishaw, offers affordable legal services to rural, underserved farming communities. In their efforts, F.A.R.M.S. focuses on aging farmers by providing both legal and technical services centering land retention and asset protection. Additionally, F.A.R.M.S. runs an extensive food bank program by supplying food pantries with fresh produce from farmers. They also give micro-grants to farmers in need.
Black Farmers Index, an online directory that directly connects consumers to Black farmers across the U.S. was started in 2020 by Dr. Shivers, a media scholar and NYU professor. The Index brings businesses to Black growers by curating stories and social media narratives around them. These efforts also work to tackle food accessibility issues that often emerge in poor and communities of color. To date, it is the largest Black farmers public directory and also hosts events featuring farmers produce and food goods called, “Black Farmer and a Chef.”
*Partnership ran from July 2021 to December 2021.
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