As COVID-19 continues to affect our daily routines, the New Roots team from Cultivate KC and Catholic Charities of Northeast Kansas is developing a plan for the season that prioritizes the safety of our farmers, staff, and customers. Food safety has always been a priority for our program, and we’re reevaluating all of our practices to ensure it’s our top priority.
Like others, we are following recommendations from the CDC, regarding hygiene practices, and are monitoring updates from both national (USDA, FDA) and local food safety experts about additional precautions. According to all 3 of these sources, there is currently no evidence to support transmission of COVID-19 associated with food. Everyone needs to eat, and we feel that New Roots for Refugees, and our network of over 20 graduate farmers, can play a crucial role in feeding our community during this time.
Read through our program’s safety and procedures below. This list will continue to be updated as we learn more about the pandemic.
Safety & Procedures
- We follow CDC guidelines for COVID-19 safety.
- Staff and farmers wear masks indoors and outdoors where social distancing isn’t possible
- Farm classes and other trainings will be held outdoors/virtually whenever possible.
- Staff and farmers exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 must follow CDC guidelines on quarantine and not come to the farm or office until required time has elapsed.
- Handwashing stations are available around the farm.
- New Roots Volunteers must likewise adhere to mask, sanitization, and distancing guidelines.
- Farmers and staff will wear masks when washing produce and handling washed produce.
- To minimize contact with produce, Farm Share volunteers will pack share bags for customers.