"At 38, I was a single mom trying to raise two kids while working at Lowe's for $9 an hour. At work, I saw a lot of low-income families that were overweight, not because they ate too much, but because they ate cheap, unhealthy food. I thought it was too bad they couldn't add a fresh vegetable to their Top Ramen.

"When I came to Weber to get a college degree, I told my advisor about my dream of starting community gardens in low-income areas. I was afraid she'd laugh. Instead, she asked if I'd like to manage the first community garden on campus. At first, I had no idea what I was doing, but my botany professor and I eventually planted 13 raised beds and donated what we grew to a local food bank."