Youth Outreach


Football and Farming program at Wingfield allows the players to raise money for the football team and learn a new trade.

The students train at Foot Print, and also do sweat equity, working to eventually earn a plot of land and own their own farms. Ayers-Elliott also trains community members. Williams’ brother, Curtis, and Charissawn Alexander and Daniel Murray, pictured above, currently own farms under the Foot Print umbrella, along with their one acre of land at the farm. This season, Alexander grew peanuts.

“The whole goal of this is to create entrepreneurs as well as agriculture producers,” Ayers-Elliott says. “We’ll teach them every aspect of the growing, as well as the marketing.”



Foot Print Farms also does community-supported agriculture, and the subscription plans are flexible and affordable. Jacksonians can also find the farm’s produce and other products at the Mississippi Farmers’ Market most Saturdays.

Foot Print is also certified as a farmers’ market, which means people can use their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or Electronic Benefit Transfer cards on the farm.

“To give access to them and meet them where they are, and how they buy their food—and they can now buy it from the farm here, and get it fresh and affordable—we hope (those aspects) make an impact on their health benefits, as well as let the people know where their food comes from and encourage them to look at growing some themselves, even if it’s in a box or if it’s in a tunnel or if it’s in a tower,” she says. “… There are so many different things that you can use to grow just to get some fresh food, and until we (can) take back our health and be able to control some of the costs we’re dealing with, then we’re defeating our purpose for a healthier life.”



Ayers-Elliott wants to add more of an agritourism aspect to Foot Print. She plans on building a cabin by one of the farm’s lakes. People will be able to experience aspects of life on a farm such as planting and learning archery for hunting. 

Ayers-Elliott says training people and getting them to understand that agriculture is a good field to go into is one of Foot Print’s major focuses, as well.

“It’s not my grandmother’s farm techniques anymore,” Ayers-Elliott says. “We look at using technology and innovation, and what’s available and still … able to grow and supply, and make some money.”



Foot Print Farms is the largest urban farm in the state of Mississippi, and its existence is indebted to Cindy Ayers, the founder of Foot Print Farms. They help train farmers throughout the state to work with communities and help address the issue of food deserts in Mississippi. Established in 2010, Foot Print Farms continues to impact the community with their work.

“We are very different, a unique type of farm. We do a lot of training of young farmers to teach them how to work with communities on how they can grow some of their own food, to help address food deserts here in our state, and especially in our city. So right now I’m excited to be a farmer here in the city of Jackson and to be able to make a difference. And I feel like we are making a difference in our community.”- Cindy