Staying Healthy in the Garden: COVID-19 Guidelines Update

May 19, 2020

To our Community Gardens of Tucson (CGT) Gardeners,

Update:  Although Arizona is starting to ‘open up’, the CGT Board of Directors is encouraging you to continue to adhere to the guidelines that we distributed in March to keep our community healthy.

As the Tucson community deals with the impacts of COVID-19, the CGT Board of Directors are committed to the health and well-being of our Site Coordinators, gardeners, contractors, other volunteers and organizations who we interact with. While gardens will remain open, please take responsibility for your own and the community’s safety by adhering to the following guidelines.

* Please do not come to the garden if you are feeling at all ill.

* If you are ill or would like to remain home during this time and need help caring for your garden, please contact your Site Coordinator to  arrange help.

* Maintain an appropriate distance (6 ft) from other gardeners when you are at your garden.

* Bring your own gloves, sanitizing wipes or other disinfectant to sanitize anything you handle and the gate/shed locks before and after use.

* Covering mouths and noses with a mask or bandana when in the garden with others is strongly encouraged for added protection.

* Please bring your own tools.  Site Coordinators and Contractors are not able to disinfect all the community tools and surfaces regularly.

* All large gatherings, including monthly meetings will be cancelled until at least June 30, 2020.

* Any planned volunteer days will be cancelled or postponed until at least June 30, 2020.

With these guidelines in mind, we do encourage you to spend time in your garden.  Our community gardens can provide much solace and sanity when everything else is so disrupted.  They provide a great environment for you to have minimal, distant contact with others, relieve some stress, grow (and harvest) food and be outdoors.

First and foremost, take care of yourselves during this time. Your health and safety are our top priority during the days ahead.  Practice the simple measures that have been identified to protect ourselves and others, and certainly stay home if you feel ill.

Let’s keep these principles and best practices in place until June 30 and reconsider things then. Thanks for continuing the CGT gardening tradition in this difficult time.

If you  have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to us via admin@communitygardensoftucson.org

CGT Board of Directors