History

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History

Cindy Ayers Elliott is CEO of Foot Print Farms, LLC,(2010),de which is a 68 acre specialty crops vegetables and livestock farm, with a focus on agri-tourism for community development in the City of Jackson: growing and array of fruits and vegetables, raising meat goats, chickens, cattle, and horses. She believes that planting seeds in the earth will grow fresh vegetables, however, planting a seed in the minds of young people will create a new universe of scholars.

After working five years as CEO for Delta Foundation, Delta Enterprises in economic development in the Mississippi Delta, she also worked many years in New York as an investment banker. Cindy has traded in her high heels for a pair of work boots. She participates with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS) to ensure her farm is productive and environmentally friendly while she depends on her farms for sustenance, she also wants to use it as an educational tool for people not accustomed to new ways of Farming.

Cindy’s professional affiliations include: President, Mississippi Fruit and Vegetables Growers Association, a founder of the Mississippi Meat Goat Producers Cooperative, recently a featured guest: the Katie Couric show Spot Light Farming and Football, The Wingfield Story, member of the National Women in Agriculture board member, Mississippi Women in Agriculture, Hinds County Board of Commissioners, Soil and Water Conservation District (USDA/NRCS), Women for Progress Member, former President National Alliance for Improvement in Higher Education.

Cindy is the recipient of the Mississippi Bushiness Journal Top 50 Businesswomen in Mississippi, Listed as Whos Who Among Black Americans, USDA Conservation Notes, Hinds County (publication : summer 2011,2012,2013, 2014), USDA/NRCS, National Success Farmer Story from Mississippi, and Established the 2nd Freedom School Summer Program in Washington County, Mississippi. A proud member of the George Washington Carver Future Scientist of America 4-H Club and recently presented with the Jackson State University College of Business Department of Entrepreneurship Women Entrepreneurs Award Honorees.

Living every day to be a catalyst for change, Cindy was just awarded the outstanding Minority Business of Central Mississippi from the Mississippi Minority Business Alliance, Inc., October 2014 and elected chairman of the Hinds County Soil and Water Conservation District September 2014.

Cindy takes great pride of being a graduate of The Jackson State University, the proud mom of LaGrand and Eric Elliott, and grandmother of Christian, Erica, and Zoe Elliott.

After working five years as CEO for Delta Foundation, Delta Enterprises in economic development in the Mississippi Delta, she also worked many years in New York as an investment banker. Cindy has traded in her high heels for a pair of work boots. She participate with the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service, (NRCS) to ensure her farm is productive and environmental friendly while she depends on her farms for sustenance, she also wants to use it as an educational tool for people not accustomed to new ways of Farming.

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