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Style file: Nonprofit director Robin Emmons finds power in femininity

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    Robin Emmons, Founder and Executive Director of Sow Much Good, a nonprofit food producing organization.
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    “When you do what you love, you will always feel good, and amazingly, the world will receive that,” says Robin Emmons, founder and executive director of Sow Much Good, a nonprofit food-producing organization.
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    “I used to perm my hair, and it was straight and looked like everyone else’s,” Emmons said. “Not looking like a clone says something about you; it speaks volumes.”

Robin Emmons moved to Charlotte from Boston because “it was green, it was cheap to live, the summers were long and the winters were short.” In 2008, Emmons left her corporate career to found Sow Much Good, a nonprofit that operates three microfarms that provide fresh produce for low-income neighborhoods where healthy food is scarce. It offers free cooking demos, canning classes, and “Farm Fresh To Go,” a weekly delivery service of seasonal produce. Emmons, 46, lives in Huntersville with her husband, Willie. Lynn Trenning

Q. Where do you shop?

A. Goodwill Industries, usually in Cornelius. I like consignment shops, like Fifi’s in Cornelius. I can’t do the mall. I get sticker shock, after moving into nonprofit. Now I enjoy the score. It’s a thrill to buy something rich and lovely and classic and not spend a ton of money for it.

Q. Any farm-specific fashion brands?

A. John Deere has a fabulous line for women. I love Country Outfitter.

Q. Do you have a favorite pair of evening shoes?

A. I’ve got these silver shoes that are open-toed and strappy, and they have gray pearls at the toe and bling on the straps, and they are supposed to be evening, but I rock them with my jeans rolled up because I want them to be seen.

Q. Anything good about getting older?

A. You are better able to recognize what works for you, and look inward instead of outward to take your cues on what to wear, how to be, what to think and how to live. The external noise gets less and less.

Q. What’s on your iPod?

A. Anything to do with feminism. Music that is uplifting, because I think there is a war on woman that is being waged. There is always some commercial between the music that objectifies women, that says color your hair, get your crow’s feet removed, and then there’s an ad about Botox or how my breasts are not big enough.

Q. How does that affect you?

A. That is part of my styling. I’m always sensitive to that messaging. I may choose to dress in a way in which I choose not to reveal my femininity, and other times I will choose to reveal my femininity exponentially, because my sexuality is part of my power.

Q. What book could you recommend?

A. I’m currently reading “A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose,” by Eckhart Tolle. I’m on this path to become more of myself, to deprogram myself from all of the things that I need to be as a woman, and a woman of color, and a woman from the North, to increase my awareness and consciousness and live more authentically.

Q. What fashion advice can you give to women?

A. Do you. When you do what you love, you will always feel good, and amazingly, the world will receive that. I used to perm my hair, and it was straight and looked like everyone else’s. Not looking like a clone says something about you; it speaks volumes.

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