Robin Emmons of Sow Much Good to Host 2014 Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony
After spending 20 years in corporate America, a force inside Robin Emmons tugged at her to leave her current job in the financial services industry for an unplanned journey.
One week after resigning, Emmons began the unplanned course to save the life of her homeless and mentally ill brother. In doing so, she secured for him transitional housing, counseling, and support services. However, despite her best efforts, his physical health became endangered due to high consumption of canned and sugary foods provided to him by the agency responsible for his care. Robin, a gardener, began donating product for her brother and the 30 or so other residents housed at the facility where he now lived, and saw a dramatic improvement in his physical health.
It was here, in 2008 where Emmons found her passion - using food as a vehicle to promote social justice on important issues such as food access in marginalized communities. The advocate, activist, humanitarian, gardener and now, farmer, dug up her entire backyard and sowed the seeds for the nonprofit, Sow Much Good. Since then, she dedicated herself to eliminating systemic barriers in the food system that disproportionately affect the working poor and underserved populations.
Since the launch of Sow Much Good, the activist has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about inequities in the food system that eliminate the basic human right of a significant number of people to access clean, healthy food through workshops, farm stands and speaking opportunities.
The farmer is a 2013 Top 10 CNN Hero who has been featured in local and national media for the organization's work to alleviate nutritional starvation in low-income communities through gardening and micro farming.
Emmons, is a native Bostonian and a NC transplant of 20 years who resides in Huntersville, NC with her husband.