Charlotte Urban Farm Provides Affordable Produce

From by Leslie Mayes, August 10, 2013

Early Saturday, Sow Much Good opened its new urban farm and market on Sunset Road near Beatties Ford Road in North Charlotte.

Sow Much Good was founded by Robin Emmons. Before opening this farm, she began growing healthy foods in her backyard after recognizing many area residents lived in food deserts– they simply didn’t have access to healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables.

“In a country that has long held itself as the land of plenty, that a significant portion of the population would be left without access to healthy food is kind of unconscionable and frankly quite shameful” Emmons said.

The farm will be open for customers three days a week. Shoppers can choose from a variety of produce that’s sold at about half the price of local grocery stores. Customers can pay with cash, credit or EBT. Emmons said its about creating access to health for everyone.

“Folks think that people that are eating off the fast food menu in low-income communities want that food. Our work in the community has proven something very different. It has shown that when people have access to fresh healthy food, they will make those choices” Emmons said.

Everything grown on the farm is organic, free of chemicals and pesticides. Volunteers said its a way of life they hope begins to spread.

“Its cheaper and its organic,” Ingrid Delaney, a volunteer with Sow Much Good, said.

“All of our grandparents had beautiful gardens, but we’re losing that knowledge as the generations come on. So I think education is really, really important as well” Laura Neff, another volunteer and advocate for healthy food access, said.

Residents shopping on the farm’s debut day say its a welcomed, and needed, presence in the neighborhood.

“Now I don’t have to drive forever to get the things out of the garden that I want. I can just come right down the road and pick up whatever I need to eat healthier everyday” Glenda Nowlin said.

The 3.9 acre site for the farm was donated to Sow Much Good by Martin Marietta Materials. Sow Much Good is a nonprofit organization that survives on grants and donations.

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