Ariel grew up in the Garden State, nine miles from New York City, studied history at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and subsequently spent time living and working in Boston, New Hampshire, and Tanzania. During that time she worked for organizations that supported farmers, but it wasn’t until she found herself on a small farm in Iowa in the fall of 2010 that she realized she wanted to work in agriculture.
Ariel came to Arkansas in January 2011 to be an education volunteer at Heifer Ranch, and found the Natural State and its people to be much to her liking, so she decided to stick around. At Heifer Ranch she realized she wanted to pursue a career in farming because she found it mentally and physically stimulating. She enjoys nurturing plants and animals as a form of agricultural activism so that she is less dependent on goods produced by the exploitation of others. Subsequently she spent an autumn interning on a farm in Eureka Springs, a winter at LRUF, and a growing season at Dripping Springs Garden. From there she moved to Fayetteville where she grew her own small plot to feed herself and friends. In September 2013 Ariel returned to Little Rock as the Arkansas GardenCorps AmeriCorps Service Member at Dunbar Garden, where she gets to grow lots of vegetables, play with chickens, goats, and rabbits, and teach kids about food and the environment.