04/17/2020

Department of Agriculture Provides Guidance for Community Gardens to Continue Amid COVID-19

Harrisburg, PA The PA Department of Agriculture today issued guidance for volunteers and employees of community gardens to continue working, with precautions, in recognition of them being critical to the resiliency of local food systems in Pennsylvania.

"Community gardens are an important piece of our commonwealth's food and agriculture system," said Secretary Redding. "Many of these gardens in Pennsylvania fill a void and address food deserts; this guidance is critical to further curbing food insecurity in the wake of COVID-19."

The guidance issued today is in effort to protect the volunteers and employees who keep community gardens in Pennsylvania operational and includes the following:

In addition to the outlined recommendations in the guidance, volunteers and employees at community gardens should adhere to all guidance and orders by the PA Department of Health.

"Pennsylvania's community gardens will play a key role in supporting communities throughout COVID-19 mitigation and recovery," added Redding. "This pandemic has brought with it a real awareness of where our food comes from, the intricacy of the system. Providing a way for the most local food sources to continue is quite literally essential."  

For a complete list of guidance documents and information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit agriculture.pa.gov/COVID. For the most accurate, timely information related to Health in Pennsylvania, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.

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