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Mission: To assure that every man, woman and child in Hamilton, Ohio and the surrounding communities, will have access to nutritional and gardening information, fresh produce, and their associated services; and the opportunity to grow their own food in a private or community garden plot.

Results: 2010 - 2011 ¬Founder Alfred Hall became a Certified Square Foot Gardening (SFG) teacher . Garden installed in the courtyard of The Schuler Benninghofen Manufacturing Facility . Installed SFG gardens for Heaven Sent Coffee Shop, Ms. K’s Salon, Metropolitan Coffee Shop and for private citizens throughout Butler County . Participated as an urban gardening panel member for Miami University (MU) Hamilton’s Legacies & Learning Series . Became involved with, and began managing, the Historic Hamilton Farmers Market . Established a web presence & electronic social network. Began greenhouse operations in the Lindenwald section of the city . Mentored MU Hamilton B.S seniors during their Cap Stone Projects . Partnered with City of Hamilton to establish Community Gardens . Established a community garden for St Raphael's and the First Presbyterian Community Meal Center . Installed raised SFG garden beds at Schroder Assisted Living Facility . Partnered with OSU Agricultural Extension to outline a Produce on Wheels for Eating Healthy Program . Honored by OSU Agricultural Extension as Economic Business of the Year. 2011-2012 Taught an Urban Gardening Class at MU- Hamilton . Registered as a non-profit organization . Assisted a MU-Hamilton student map the community gardens located in Butler County . Increased participation in community gardening . Assisted D Russell Lee students and faculty re-open their greenhouse Installed gardens at Holy Grounds Coffee Shop, Our Fathers House, The Pioneer Log Cabin Monument, and St. Julie Billiart Church . Instructed and assisted St Julie Billiart parishioners install raised box . gardens , and distributed 200+ plants for 15 gardens. Partnered with Tri-State Habitat for Humanity on nutrition and gardening projects . Partnered with German Village Inc. to open a Fall / Winter Market . Participated in the organization of Operation Pumpkin Festival . Assisted in establishing the Reynolds Street Community Garden in Middletown, OH… Assisted Brookwood Elementary School Establish a school garden Mentored Butler Tech students in urban gardening techniques. Currently partnering with the City of Hamilton to establish a HUGS Hub. •Establish a community network of gardens . •Build a community greenhouse and learning facility . •Start a “Mobile Market.”

Target demographics: Low and moderate income families and individuals

Direct beneficiaries per year: 50-100

Geographic areas served: City of Hamilton Ohio and surrounding townships on Butler County.

Programs: Creating and maintaining community gardens, teaching individuals and groups about square foot organic gardening and nutrition.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Meagana W.


Rating: 5

EDGE Teen Center loves our connection with HUGS! Per-COVID, we took up to 15 teens to volunteer at HUGS once a week! Through this opportunity, we learned that teens really enjoy spending time outside and feeling instant gratification from seeing their completed work in the garden at the end of each day. HUGS is a great resource for the community of Hamilton and leaves our teens and future leaders with an unforgettable experience and love for healthy food options.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

HUGS is an amazing asset to the Hamilton community! The organization that I co-direct has been a partner of HUGS for the past few years. They show a great concern for their community and a sustainable food system. The team at HUGS is collaborative with potential partners. Additionally, the food that HUGS provides is amazing quality. Our clients love when we have a new delivery of produce from HUGS.

1 Zeb A.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Between developing community gardens and hosting local street markets, Alfred and HUGS do great work in bringing fresh, healthy food to the residents and visitors of downtown Hamilton, OH. HUGS also support local businesses and entrepreneurs - crucial components of a revitalized urban area.