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Bringing organic food to underserved Charlotte communities

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Along the west Charlotte corridor, finding fresh, chemical free and affordable produce is hard to obtain.

So a program "Sow Much Good" plans to become their organic market.

"I thought this whole thriving local food movement was really quite elitist and I just really believe that food is a basic human right," said Robin Emmons the founder of Sow Much Good.

Emmons has always been a gardener.

But she started farming on a larger scale when her brother began living in a transitional home facility.

"The organization that was taking care of his housing and his food were primarily feeding him out of cans and packages," said Emmons.

Emmons decided to add a few rows to her home garden and donate the food.

That's when her passion to help also grew.

"I began to look around and saw other people who were like her brother," said Emmons.

About a year ago Emmons was given this three and a half acre lot on Sunset Road.

"This land has not been farmed in a long time so we've kind of just churned it over here but we are going to be installing some row crops here," said Emmons.

If successful, Sow Much Good promises to change lives.

The urban farm will also be a green haven for all things farm fresh.

"We will have chickens here as well,' said Emmons. 

"We will be offering eggs to the folks that will be visiting our farm and also we will have fresh honey. Our bees will be here."

By the end of May every fruit and vegetable found in this farm should end up  at the table of many deserving Charlotte homes.

Part of Robin Emmons work is also to educate people on how to eat in season.

She will be offering canning and preserving classes at the farm www.sowmuchgood.org

Emmons has received tons of spotlight on her outreach work.

This week she is featured in Ebony magazine as a hero next door the issue is on stands now.

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