Our Response to COVID-19
Our most vulnerable neighbors are in greater need of food assistance than ever before due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. If the virus and quarantine continue longer than anticipated, some of our Needham neighbors could be facing food insecurity for the first time.
In response to the current crisis, we will continue farming in 2020 while adopting even more rigorous food safety protocols to protect and preserve the safety of our community, staff, and volunteers.
Here is our current plan to address changing requirements
We will only have staff on the farm while social distancing precautions are in place. Volunteer and educational programs have been postponed or adapted to meet public health needs.
Standard food safety best practices are effective for the novel coronavirus. We will continue to wash all harvest tools and surfaces with soap and water, then food-safe sanitizer.
We will take the added precaution of wearing a washable face mask (changed daily) and disposable gloves while packing produce and CSA boxes.
All frequently touched surfaces and shared equipment will be washed and/or sanitized daily (hoses, locks, handles, shared tools).
Employees will stay home if they are sick and follow public health guidelines regarding self-quarantine/isolation if needed.
Our full food safety plan will be published to this page by April 1st. Please contact Theresa Strachila with any questions at FarmManager@NeedhamFarm.org.
Updated March 25, 2020