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Urban farm a step toward self-sufficiency
Nonprofit breaks ground on Sunset Road facility
Published Thursday, April 11, 2013 8:15 am
by Herbert L. White

Another oasis in Charlotte’s food desert is taking root.

Sow Much Good, a nonprofit food collective, will break ground on its Sunset Road Urban Farm April 12 from 8:30-2 p.m. at 3416 Sunset Road. The 4-acre farm on land donated by Martin Marietta, will provide eggs, produce, honey and flowers for the local community. A neighborhood farmers’ market will also be located on the site to sell produce.

“Martin Marietta has been a strong supporter of our work since the organization’s founding,” Sow Much Good founder and executive director Robin Emmons said in a statement. “We are thrilled about this most recent generous contribution and about the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Martin Marietta for the benefit of Sunset Road residents and members of surrounding communities.”

The groundbreaking will yield organically grown fruits and vegetables, including okra, tomatoes, squash, cucumbers, peaches and strawberries. The farm’s chickens will roost in a coop on site and for the first time, Sow Much Good is building a beehive to produce honey.
“This partnership was a perfect fit, we had the property available and we felt like this organization’s commitment to tackling social issues in the community mirrored our own,” Martin Marietta District Sales Manager Brandon Lindsay said.

Access to non-processed, organic foods in Charlotte’s inner city communities has drawn the attention of activists and nonprofits in recent years, especially because of poor health outcomes. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 14.9 percent of U.S. households were food insecure in 2011. Among African American homes, the ratio was 25.1 percent.

Sow Much Good, which Emmons launched in 2009, advocates dietary self-reliance through community gardens, canning and food preservation programs.

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