Robin Emmons Speaks to Open Environmental Summit
|Robin Emmons, Founder and Executive Director of |
Sow Much Good
By Payton Coleman & Alia Dahlan
On the first day of the National Environmental Summit 2014, Robin Emmons spoke to around 50 excited campers on Catawba College campus.
After an introduction from President Brien Lewis and Dr. John Wear, the founder and executive director of Sow Much Good spoke about the start and success of her non-profit organization.
Her journey began when she realized that the homeless condition of her brother was detrimental to his health and well-being. After he was arrested for having a schizophrenic episode in public, Emmons gained guardianship of him and enrolled him in a mental health institute. This organization did not have enough funding to provide healthy food for its patients, which gave Emmons' brother physical health problems.
Emmons decided to quit her job in the finance industry, telling her husband that she had a plan, although she did not at the time.
Since she had learned of her brother's condition, she decided to grow a garden in her backyard to provide the mental health institution with 4000 pounds of fresh produce. This idea took off and grew into a non-profit organization in 2008 with five staff members and 200 volunteers dedicated to providing, educating about, and advocating for food security.
With the help of local farmers, Martin Marietta, and the community, she expanded her food-growing project to ten acres.
Collaboration is very important to Emmons and her organization's success, including working with local health and education organizations.
Emmons was inspired by food justice advocate Will Allen from Milwaukee, WI.
She plans to scale up her organization and increase communications. Her dream is to fight for food equality, food insecurity, and the problems caused by food deserts.
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