In the Press

Civil Eats

Growing Food and Community in a Rebounding Midwestern Town

09/01/2016 – “On a recent summer afternoon, Patty Burbacher, a small, light-haired woman, gave a tour of the two-acre lot in Hamilton, Ohio, filled with raised beds brimming with hot peppers, herbs, tomatoes, and a variety of other produce. Corn grew in tall rows, and squash vines mounded up. Burbacher showed off some handsome ripening eggplants.”


Tri-State works to beat the heat

7/22/2016 – “The high humidity sent the heat index to 94 and things were not going to get any cooler for the weekend. Water was a welcome sight on the hot summer day, especially if people were tending to a garden. Volunteers with the Hamilton Urban Garden System braved the heat and humidity to grow food for this urban neighborhood.”

Journal News

Urban gardener, Badin student, PROTOCOL honored for volunteer efforts

04/23/2015 – “Alfred Hall, executive director for nonprofit Hamilton Urban Garden Systems, will receive the Volunteer Of the Year Award at a dinner and ceremony April 28, according to Hamilton’s volunteer coordinator Karen Wittmer.”

Journal News

Local food movement growing in Hamilton

03/29/2015 – “If you talk to Alfred Hall, he’ll tell you that there’s a food revolution happening in Hamilton.”

Journal News

Greenhouse garden brings produce to low-income residents

01/04/2015 – “Thanks to a partnership between nonprofit Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (HUGS) and Butler Metro Housing Authority (BMHA), who runs the low-income apartment complex at 122 N. Sixth St., a long-empty greenhouse at the complex is now harvesting fresh, organically grown lettuce, peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers and spinach among other produce.”

Farm World

Hamilton local foods get HUGS from urban garden enthusiasts

10/23/2014 – “Everyone should have access to nutritional and gardening information, fresh produce and the opportunity to grow their own food. That’s behind why Alfred Hall and Patty Burbacher, at the time an integrative studies senior at Miami University, co-founded Hamilton Urban Garden Systems (HUGS) three years ago.”