But now frequent vandalism has caused Hall and the board to consider moving or closing the garden that provides free vegetables to Butler County foodbanks and an opportunity for seventh-gardeners to grow vegetables there in the summer.
Hall said someone climbed a fence that surrounds the garden on Tuesday, broke into the Hoop House and shattered 300 pots that were filled with potting soil and flowers seeds. Later this year, the flowers were going to be planted in four Hamilton parks, Hall said.
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Those pots were filled and more than 5,000 pounds of debris were removed at the garden site by volunteers during three days of community service around Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Hall said.
Hall called the destruction “a little kick in the butt.”
HUGS filed one incident report in December with the Hamilton Police Department, and without any surveillance cameras, Hall wonders if the vandals will be caught.
Michelle Merrett, a board member, estimated the vandals have caused $4,000 in damages during the three incidents, mostly the cost of replacing the Hoop House cover.