|Chairperson –|| Ariel McClain
|Secretary –||Christina Spach|
|Budgetary Patron –|| Genevieve Taylor
|Marketing/PR –|| Ariel McClain
|Volunteer Coordinator –|| Adam Frick
|Advisory Council –|| David Harper
Ariel is a first generation farmer dedicated to the farm to table movement of the Midlands and beyond. Founder of the Humble Farm, a homestead located Gilbert, South Carolina, Proudly coupled with Terra Restaurant in West Columbia as a resident farmer and hospitality professional. Ever grateful to participate with the continued efforts of the sincere local advocacy, grassroots campaigns, of the Midlands Food Alliance, Sustainable Midlands, Slow Food Columbia and the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
David Harper serves to support the Midlands Food Alliance with issues related to farmland access and food guide development. David has worked with the Palmetto Conservation Foundation in Columbia and now serves as the Director of the Pee Dee Land Trust. David is married to Caroline and has a daughter, Elle.
Katie CoChairs the Midlands Food Alliance and didn’t start eating vegetables until age 23 through working with the Square Foot Gardening Foundation. Katie’s background is in politics, nonprofits, and food production agriculture. She thinks everyone should go wwoofing for a stint. Katie works for the COPASCities program at the University of South Carolina, an ethnographic study of food systems change.
Marie is the Director of Public Policy at Sustainable Midlands. Her love of local agriculture is the perfect combination of her two passions: food and environmental stewardship. She is proud to collaborate with such a dedicated group of individuals on this important issue. She’s also determined that the best storytellers are usually farmers.
Scott Stapleton serves as a volunteer coordinator for the Midlands Food Alliance and is a full time organic farmer and Rainwater Harvesting expert. Scott is a former military officer and a graduate of the Darla Moore School of Business. He and his family started Terra Kotta Farms to provide healthy, local, organic foods for their home state of South Carolina.