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Starting a Food Justice Non-Profit: Personal Reflections of a Faith-based Agricultural Attorney

Ms. Jillian Hishaw will discuss the nuisances of performing faith based work while balancing many policy and legal restrictions that come with managing a nonprofit. Although, Ms. Hishaw is not an ordained minister or a divinity alum, the premise of her work aligns with the parable outlined of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10: 25-37 & James 1:27). Agriculture is the bread basket of our food system and the tillers of the soil are our farmers. Ms. Hishaw's familial and spiritual reasoning for establishing F.A.R.M.S. along with F.A.R.M.S. program focus will be discussed at length. Ms. Hishaw's 11 year career in food and environmental justice will highlight various alternative faith based career options for WF's emerging spiritual leaders. For more information about Ms. Hishaw please visit or 

About Ms. Jillian Hishaw
Ms. Jillian Hishaw, Esq., Founder & Director of F.A.R.M.S., is a service provider of legal and technical services to small farmers of color in the Southeast. Ms. Hishaw’s has over a decade of local, state, federal, legal, and non-profit experience in relation to agriculture, environmental and estate planning matters. Ms. Hishaw has a Bachelors Degree in Biology from Tuskegee University and a Juris Doctorate and Legal Masters in Agricultural law from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville.

This event is sponsored by the School of Divinity and the Food, Health, and Ecological Well-Being Program.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Wingate Hall, Room 302
1834 Wake Forest Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106

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Religious Observance, Speakers, Special Events, Community


School of Divinity

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Alumni, Faculty, General Public, Staff, Students, Prospective Students






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Hilary Floyd, Program Associate for Community and Lifelong Learning

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