Born and raised on her family’s 250-year-old farm in Western North Carolina, food – from its production, preservation, preparation, and consumption – has been central to Ariel. She is a recent graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where she was the university’s first Food Studies major, as well as co-teacher for the unique food and culture honors seminar, Eats 101. Ariel has also lived and studied in France, where she conducted research for her honors thesis on historical differences and future prospects of organic agricultural policy between the United States and European Union. She works on her family’s farm in the southern Appalachian Mountains and will move to Dijon, France next year to teach English and continue to explore (agri)cultural and political differences across the Atlantic divide. When Ariel’s not thinking about food (a rare occurrence), she enjoys photography, river swimming, keeping cows, speaking French, and being on the farm with her four siblings
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