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.