"Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a household or can last a long time. Food insecurity is one way we can measure how many people cannot afford food." (source)
Rob's motivation as an urban farmer and community health activist stem from his own experiences growing up in a St. Louis, Missouri neighborhood with few fresh, health food items. After relocating to Nashville to attend Tennessee State University, Rob was frustrated with having to drive miles away from his home for a grocery store that supplied quality fresh products. So, in February 2014 Rob decided to stop complaining and help alleviate the problem by joining his Alma Mater's Community Garden and Trap Garden was born.
Trap Garden's mission is to help build, sustain, and empower low-income communities by assisting in the creation of community gardens and the promotion of healthy eating. Rob, with the help of his team and volunteers, create gardens in unlikely places that foster opportunities for community engagement, education, and support, as well as economic empowerment, by returning the community and its resources to the people.
Rob and his team seek to motivate and inspire others to start something that matters in their communities. There are several ways to support Trap Garden by donating time, funds, shopping their store, or simply sharing about them with a friend!
If you're unfamiliar with the Juneteenth holiday, this day celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and takes place June 19th as a representation of that day in 1865 when the Emancipation Proclamation was enforced in Texas (one of the final States lacking enforcement). This interview with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed is a great starting point.