Editor-at-Large Jenna Bush Hager knows that real beauty comes from within. This month, she’s highlighting four women dedicated to improving the lives of Southerners in need.
Robin Emmons, The Farmer
Charlotte, North Carolina
Executive director, Sow Much Good
“Food has the power to transform communities. Factors like hunger and food insecurity have adverse effects reaching far beyond the people directly affected.”
“We set up farmers’ markets in low-income communities, host workshops, and supply local CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] groups with produce. People think all farmers are men. Even though I drive a John Deere tractor and feed thousands with my crops, many people think of me as a gardener. Gardeners are lovely, but I am a proud farmer.”
“I surround myself with a fabulous female team who work in the field planting and rotating crops—they run the business and lift me up with their strength.”
“It’s the hug from the grandmother raising five kids on a limited income and public assistance. It’s the single mom who brings her children to the market to learn where food comes from. And it’s the affirming words of an older gentleman, who shares stories of growing up under the watchful eyes of sharecropper parents and says, “I’m proud of you.” ”