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Chidsey Lecturer to Address Food Justice and Health Disparities

by Bill Giduz

Robin EmmonsDavidson College invites the public to a talk by local activist, humanitarian, gardener and farmer Robin Emmons, founder of the nonprofit Sow Much Good (SMG).

Emmons will deliver the fall Chidsey Leadership Lecture, titled "Sowing the Seeds of Change," at 7 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Lilly Family Gallery of Chambers Building. She will explain her organization's approach to eliminating systemic barriers in the food system that disproportionately affect the working poor and underserved. There is no charge to attend.

Emmons is a native Bostonian who moved to North Carolina 20 years ago and now resides in Huntersville. She founded SMG in 2008 after a 20-year career in corporate America.

SMG's mission is to eliminate socio-economic, racial and ethnic health disparities that result from a lack of access to nutritionally dense food products in marginalized populations. SMG works to achieve food justice through programming and community-based initiatives designed to provide equal access to organic food sources. It also seeks to inspire individuals to take charge of their health and promotes healthy lifestyles through food and nutrition.

She was recently recognized as a "2013 Top 10 Hero" by CNN, is the recipient of a fellowship at the McColl Center for Visual Art's Innovation Institute, and was selected as a William C. Friday Fellow for Human Relations (2011 - 13 class). Emmons earned a bachelor's degree in political science from UNC Charlotte.

The talk is hosted by the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development and co-sponsored by the Davidson College Entrepreneurship Initiative, Office of Sustainability, and the Office of Civic Engagement. For more information, call 704-894-2122 or email chidseycenter@davidson.edu.