A Homegrown Fix for 'Food Deserts'
SEPTEMBER 13, 2013Kathleen Toner, CNNFor more than a decade, Robin Emmons felt helpless as her older brother lived on the streets, eating out of garbage cans.
I had a small garden, so I thought, 'Well, I'll just put in some extra rows,' " Emmons said. "I began making weekly deliveries of whatever was coming up."
She soon realized, however, that the problem extended well beyond her brother's transitional home. While farmers markets were springing up across the city, she noticed that low-income and working-class neighborhoods had few grocery stores or places to buy fresh produce.
Discovering this problem sparked something inside Emmons, who had recently left her corporate job to find more meaningful work.
"I really thought it was an injustice. ... Healthy food is a basic human right," she said. "I decided to rip up my whole backyard and make it all a garden, and it just kind of snowballed from there."
Today, Emmons has 200 volunteers helping her tend 9 acres of crops on three sites. Since 2008, she says, her nonprofit, Sow Much Good, has grown more than 26,000 pounds of fresh produce for underserved communities in Charlotte.Read more: CNN