Food Access Lab Resident 2015
Center for family Farm development
The Center for Family Farm Development’s mission is to empower low income farmers & consumers to create sustainable, local solutions to the issues of food insecurity, chronic poverty & diet related disease.
The Center strives to increase demand for and access to healthy fresh food in Fulton County’s most underserved neighborhoods. Through advocacy and direct services to farmers, the Center works to empower food desert residents and farmers to create their own sustainable solutions to food insecurity. In addition, the center helps farmers bring healthy, fresh produce to a local corner store, striving to build a bridge between farmers, retail outlets, and consumers.
Ariel was elected CEO of Center for Family Farm Development in June 2014, taking over her husband George E. Harris Jr.’s role at the helm following his untimely death. Beginning from her late husband’s founding of CFFD, Ariel has worked with him in every phase of the Center’s work. Ariel earned a B.S. degree in Vocational Home Economics and worked as a US Department of Agriculture Extension Home Agent for Auburn University in rural Alabama. Ariel is a committed and experienced non-profit entrepreneur. She grew a DeKalb County government sponsored arts organization from a storefront operation with a budget of $30,000 a year into a cultural facility with a $500,000 annual budget. Ariel also does grant preparation and editing and proposal development for nonprofits.