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The Farm: AZ Farm & Wellness
AZ Farm & Wellness is a therapeutic farm and health coaching service that provides services for young adults and teens to take care of themselves through eating better, overcoming anxiety and depression, increasing purpose, self-esteem and confidence through horticulture and farming. Ariel facilitates healing with one-on-one coaching, and group programs.
AZ Farm & Wellness was established in March 2017 by Ariel Zimmerlein, a 5th generation farmer, to include nutrition services focusing on eating a local, whole-food, plant-based lifestyle, to add to the healing mission of her farm, AZ Farm (est. 2015). The farm is owned by Ariel and is currently located in Marseilles, Illinois and has transitioned from production practices to be used for therapeutic purposes.
The farm uses regenerative organic agriculture practices, free of man-made chemicals to support and grow healthy soil, healthy plants, healthy people and a healthy planet. The produce from the farm is grown for therapeutic purposes and excess is sold in the summer at the Ottawa Farmer's Market in downtown Ottawa, IL. The farm grows a variety of organic and heirloom varieties to support biodiversity of plants and preservation of seed genetics.
To stay up to date on the farm, follow AZ Farm & Wellness on Facebook to keep up to date of what's new and upcoming events following this link here
2019 School of Applied Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine Health Coach (currently in transition)
2017 Chicago Botanic Garden, Horticulture Therapist
2017 SmartBody SmartMind, Nervous System Health (Stress/Trauma)
2014 Farm Beginnings Graduate from Food Works
2013 Southern Illinois University Carbondale, BS Human Nutrition and Dietetics
2011 Illinois Valley Community College, AS Pre-Med
Ariel the owner of AZ Farm & Wellness. She is a holistic health coach(3 years) and farmer(5 years) who helps people bring more balance, joy, and function to their life, allowing them to finally heal from chronic mental, physical, and emotional conditions they’ve tried everything to fix.
Her passion for health comes from her own health and life challenges at a young age. Ariel was born with a life long condition known as Osteogenesis Imperfecta (O.I.), a genetic condition where her bones break more than the average person. She has experienced over 22 surgeries and over 30 broken bones by the age of 15 years old.
At age 11 she was getting treatment and counseling for depression and anxiety as a result of her physical traumas, parent's traumatic divorce, bullying, isolation, and physical and emotional abuse. Ariel was under so much pain and despair that she would do anything to learn how to end the cycle of pain in her body, mind, spirit and her home.
She contributes her beginnings of farming and food education at SIUC to be the foundation of her healing and success. Her experience working with food on a deeply connected level has healed her depression, overcome her anxiety, experiences zero physical pain and has found a deep meaning in service of providing a service for others to find healing like she has.
Ariel believes that food is the foundation to the future of healthcare and in more ways than just eating.
Ariel believes that no matter what life challenges and pain you have gone through everyone has much more choice in how they want to live, they just need guidance to get there.
If you are struggling with one or more chronic health conditions that are causing you pain, loss of energy, depression, anxiety, and isolation, please contact Ariel as prolonging your suffering can lead to serious health issues like cancer, heart disease, chronic illness and an early life expectancy.
Ariel does private health coaching, group programs, public speaking, and workshops (on and off the farm). You can learn more about her private coaching and how to sign up for a health consultation here: