Everyone knows what a desert is: a hot, barren seemingly endless stretch of land that can only harbor the toughest of plants and animals. However, how many people have heard of an urban desert? Similar to a typical one, an urban desert is nearly bereft of healthy, affordable food for the surrounding population. Without access to proper nutrition, complications such as diabetes, hypertension, and obesity can easily arise. A healthy diet is critical to the overall health and quality of life of an individual and no one knows this better than Robin Emmons, founder of Sow Much Good. After witnessing the decline of her brother’s recovery due to consumption of canned, sugary foods, Robin knew what she had to do. Already having a passion for gardening, the solution was self-evident: provide healthy affordable food to those living in marginalized communities. However, she did not stop there. Sow Much Good is dedicated to providing proper health education and promoting community initiative to live better, healthier lives. Women Like Us is dedicated to supporting women-led causes in the four pillars of Health and Human Services, Education, Environment, and Economic Development. Sow Much Good (SMG) strives to give access to healthier foods and educate people on the benefits of a healthy life style. SMG works hard to eliminate socio-economic, racial and ethnic health disparities that arise from a lack of nutritious food in marginalized communities. They achieve food justice through programming and community based initiatives designed to provide equal access to organic food sources and by inspiring individuals to take charge and lead healthier lifestyles.
Since the food revolution started in 2008, SMG has helped spare hundreds of people from nutritional starvation through education, local farm stands, the Grow Your Own program, and speaking opportunities. We are also happy to announce that this fall that CNN Hero and Sow Much Good's very own Robin Emmons will be the keynote speaker for our Annual Tea and Speaker Series on October 14.
If you would like to take part in eliminating urban deserts, you have plenty of opportunities! Check out the Women Like Us website to find out more information about So Much Good and how you can help: http://www.womenlikeusfoundation.org/sowmuchgood.cfm#sthash.LsMCyJ66.i1prdKUY.dpbs