A Guide for Community Gardens During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 26, 2020

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Community gardens offer many benefits — gardening knowledge, social bonding and, most importantly, the increased production and consumption of nutritious, fresh and locally grown fruits and vegetables.

Here are Best Practices for Garden Visitors if a community garden remains open to visitors beyond volunteers/maintenance crews.  Visitors should take additional precautions to allow safe enjoyment and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19.

 

  • Stay home if you are feeling ill or showing signs of illness.
  • Wash/sanitize your hands before and after visiting the garden.
  • Follow all new and existing garden policies.
  • Maintain social distancing (6 feet between individuals).
  • Limit interactions and time spent in the garden.
  • Minimize contact with surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, gates, latches, railings).
  • Wash your hands and any produce you bring home to reduce contamination.

Read Purdue Extension’s article for additional information about community gardening.

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