Jun 03, 2020 - BBC
Foot Print farms is within Jackson city limits, parts of the city are considered a food desert. That means people struggle to get fresh fruit and vegetables because they live more than one mile from the nearest grocery store. Most of Mississippi is a food desert in this way. So the current situation is particularly worrisome.
When you go to the grocery store and you see shelves empty, it is scary. Some people are afraid to go in at all. I see some lines a mile long, with people sitting and waiting to get inside. This is the problem people are facing in Mississippi at the moment. Getting good, fresh, local food is hard.
Sep 18, 2018 - Huffington Post
Cindy Ayers Elliott is probably not the first person to have a life-altering epiphany after hearing Michelle Obama speak. For Ayers Elliott, the aha moment came around 2010 at a conference she attended in Washington where Obama spoke about Let’s Move!, her healthy foods initiative. Ayers Elliott had been invited to hear about the farm bill’s newest efforts due to her recent job as CEO of the Delta Foundation.
Jul 14, 2017 - WAPT
Comedian and actor Kevin Hart is in the Metro to film a new episode of his Comedy Central show. This morning he stopped by Foot Print Farms in West Jackson. The farm and its owner, Dr. Cindy Ayers, will be featured in the episode of the show. Hart travels to cities around the country to learn about the local comedy scene. The Dr. Ayers said Hart is also promoting healthy eating, “One of the things I’m excited about by actually having Kevin Hart at Foot Print Farms is that he talks about his commitment to the community and to help, so for him to be here to talk about the importance of how we eat and what we eat and where we get our food. It’s important to me.”
May 17, 2017 - Well Being Magazine
Planting the seeds of self-reliance and entrepreneurism while delivering locally grown, farm-fresh produce to quench Jackson’s food deserts.
Dr. Cindy Ayers-Elliott will be the first to tell you that the real story of Foot Print Farms is not about her, even though it is her brainchild and has taken root and thrived thanks to her innovative thinking and careful stewardship. The original concept was simple. She had a 68-acre plot of land in the middle of the City of Jackson, surrounded by neighborhoods starving for fresh, nutritious food and hope for their economic future.
When the Mississippi native returned to Jackson after 9-11, she was looking for a new direction. She wanted to be a part of something where she could make a difference and she didn’t have to look any further than her state’s alarming health statistics to find a mission. Everywhere she turned there were reports of staggering rates of high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
“The problem was already identified,” explains Ayers-Elliott. “It didn’t take research to see that too many Mississippians were seriously unhealthy.”
Apr 25, 2017 - USDA
Cindy Ayers Elliott once worked on Wall Street—but has since traded in her high heels for a pair of work boots. The former CEO and investment banker has made a life-changing move to her Jackson home-turned-farm, where she rears goats for meat and grows organic vegetables.
Now, Elliott is CEO of Foot Print Farms, which is home to 30 goats and a deer-proof vegetable garden she calls the Serena Williams Tennis Garden, because she established it on the site of an unused, fenced-in tennis court.
After six years working for Mississippi Treasurer Marshall Bennett and eight years for Chapman Spira and Carson, an investment banking firm in New York City’s financial district, Elliott was ready to change her pace, return to Mississippi and convert her homestead into a farm. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) helped her do just that—by ensuring her farm is productive and environmentally friendly.