COVID-19 

This is the first time in our Network's history where our collective work has halted so abruptly, and a public health crisis has called on us to be more than farm-based educators. While coronavirus is reminding people of the relevance and importance of local farms, it may also be inviting you to change. Luckily, as courageous humans in relationship with each other, we are capable of swift, graceful change. 

Change across our Network looks like an educational farm setting up an emergency food distribution site and serving 100 families. It looks like school meals being delivered to children's houses, and a farm to school coordinator joining a middle school English class to help with the online platform. There is such beauty in how individuals can adapt.

Below is a list of resources farm-based educators have found helpful as we navigate these challenging times. Please consider sharing your own safety and communications tools in our shared Google folder!

 Produce Safety 

- University of Vermont COVID Resources for Veg and Berry Growers 

 

Business and Legal

- Farm Commons Podcast: Legal Resilience on the Farm through COVID-19 

- Small Business Disaster Loan Information

- New England Seed Grants Covid Response

 

U-Pick and Farmers' Markets

- NC State Covid Guidelines for Farmers Markets

- Rutgers Information for U-Pick, Direct Sale Operations, & Community Gardens

- University of Florida Extension

-South Carolina Dept. of Agriculture

- North Carolina State

- North Carolina State in Spanish

UC Cooperative Extension

Online Sales

- Young Farmers Coalition list of Online Sales Platforms

Gardens

- Cooperative Gardens Commission Health and Safety Guidelines

- Vermont Community Garden Network Safe Community Garden Guidelines

- Purdue University Extension Guide for Community Gardens during Covid-19

- NC State Guidelines

- Coop Gardens Commission

- Safe Handling of Produce

 

Cleaning / Sanitizing Information

- Sanitizing with bleach

- Build your own handwashing

- Proper Handwashing

 

Other

- National Farm to School Network Resources

- Land for Good Farm & Food Safety Resources

- UC Davis: Eating Takeout Amid Covid-19 

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