Updates at the Growing Center in response to COVID-19

 

Update: April 20, 2020

COVID-19 Programming and Site-Related Updates:

 

Growing Center General Volunteering and Site Visitation:

At the time when normal volunteer-related activities at the Growing Center would be getting underway for the season, we want to share further updates regarding our plans under the current conditions.

 

In the interest of public safety and in compliance with city and state health guidelines, we continue to ask that all volunteers—including all committee members, board members, partners, and participants in programs/groups—not go into the Growing Center for any reason at this time. 

 

We are sorry for the inconvenience, as we know quite well the importance of access to the outdoors and green spaces. As soon as these conditions change or recommendations evolve, we will be back in touch.

 

Gate Access and Ongoing Growing Center Projects: 

Although the Growing Center is currently closed to all visitors, groups, and events, we plan to sustain urban agriculture projects in support of local food security work—including growing food and sharing seeds (and potentially seedlings)—and to continue to care for the Growing Center site so that it will be ready to open when we are able. 

 

To accomplish this, there will be a limited number of site volunteers continuing to access the Growing Center for dedicated tasks overseen by Growing Center Site Coordinator, Paula Jordan.

 

The health and wellbeing of our volunteers, staff, and neighbors is our top priority. In an effort to adhere to state and city health guidelines and to ensure the safety of our team of site volunteers, the combination to the lock on the Growing Center gate will temporarily be changed in order to limit non-essential access to the site. 

 

Any individual entering the Growing Center site must strictly adhere to the Growing Center’s COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Guidelines for everyone’s health and protection. This is a living document that is being updated regularly as recommendations change, and includes instructions for following safety precautions onsite, such as wearing a mask and gloves, and disinfecting tools and other contact surfaces. 

 

Paula is overseeing and coordinating all site access, maintenance, and growing work. For further information or to learn more about the COVID-19 Volunteer Safety Guidelines, please contact Paula at: paulajordan@yahoo.com.

 

Other News & Updates:

As with many other nonprofit organizations that rely on individual donations to survive, we need to raise $30K this year to cover costs, including retaining our part-time staff during this time. Please be as generous as you are able, but we are encouraging everyone to try to donate $20 for 2020! Click here to learn more. 

 

Please take care of yourselves, your families, and neighbors during this time of disruption. Breathe. Take time to get outside and observe the unfolding of spring to help reduce anxiety and stress. Remember that we need to exercise to be healthy. Check in with friends and neighbors. If you want to do more, consider checking out the newly formed MAMAS group (Mutual Aid Medford and Somerville), developed to help build strong community connections.

 

Please stay connected with the Growing Center community through our website and Facebook page, where we will regularly share resources related to our mission, and also ways to support the Growing Center this season.

Stay safe and be well!

 

 

 

F​eliz Primavera!

​Abril/Mayo​ 2020

 

El personal y la junta del GC estamos deseando que goces de una buena​ ​salud durante este incierto y estresante tiempo.

 

Como el clima cálido ya inició, y nuestra temporada de apertura también,​ ​nos gustaría asesorarte en esto:

 

  • El GC está cerrado para todos los voluntarios, grupos e individuos​ ​por este tiempo. Esto es en conformidad con las recomendaciones​ ​de la ciudad y el estado​.​

  • Tu podrás ver personas adentro. Hay un número limitado de personas​ ​las cuales están dando mantenimiento y sembrando.Todos los​ ​trabajadores están estrictamente siguiendo las recomendaciones de​ ​salud.

  • Lo sentimos mucho por los inconvenientes, entendemos la importancia de tener acceso a estar al aire libre y en áreas verdes, especialmente en​ ​estos momentos.

  • Si tu o tu familia necesitan ayuda durante este momento, existen​ ​muchos recursos en Somerville. Revisa MAMAS, Mutual Aid Medford and​ ​Somerville Mass, 339-545-1315 o revisa su pagina​ ​de Facebook​.​

  • Te haremos saber si tenemos algún cambio lo mas pronto posible.​ ​Siguenos en nuestra página de Facebook o www.thegrowingcenter.org.

  • Si tienes preguntas o alguna preocupación, nos puedes contactar, volunteer@thegrowingcenter.org ó paula@thegrowingcenter.org.

 

Gracias!

 

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