HUG’s Mission & Purpose

The purpose of HUG is to fully support Houstonians growing their own food and eating more fresh local produce.

We do this with timely presentations at monthly meetings, an informative website (, a free, content-packed monthly e-newsletter, a Twitter and Facebook page, and a yearly home garden visitation event. To foster neighborhood interactions at every meeting, a large basic map of Houston divides the city into 5 zones. Name tags are color-coded to each of the five areas. In this way attendees have been able to find people in their part of this large city and sometimes to share the work load of growing vegetables.

Past HUG programs include “What to Plant and Do Now” talks every three months plus presentations on all aspects of growing food: Getting Started/How to build home garden beds, How to Grow Veggies with More Ease and Joy, All About Saving seeds, Vermiposting, How to cook vegetables, Ways to Preserve Food, Fruit Trees and Orchards, and more. During the extreme drought and heat wave throughout Texas a few years ago, HUG had experts to discuss all the ways to conserve, recycle, and collect water.

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