Dane County, like many other locations, has community spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. Although community gardens are an important resource for our community, it is important to keep yourself and others save by limiting and slowing the spread of the virus. Please follow recommendations from the Public Health of Madison and Dane County , the most important of which is to limit contact with others wherever possible, for their safety and yours. See the resources below for more information.
On March 24, the State of Wisconsin declared a “Safer at Home” order, which will impact how community gardens will operate. As food production spaces, Community Gardens are allowed to remain open. As places that many different people use, they will require serious safety and hygienic measures. We count on your support to put those measures into place.
Safety Guidelines for gardeners and organizers from the Wisconsin Department of Health and Safety:
Similar printable guidelines prepared with the help of PHMDC for gardeners and organizers
Multilingual 6 foot distancing sign from Public Health of Madison and Dane County
Multilingual safe gardening sign with details from Public Health of Madison and Dane County
Reccomendations and Guidance from Public Health
Coronovirus Information from the State of Wisconsin Public Health
Information on the Coronavirus from the Centers for Disease Control
Pautas para Huertas Comunitarias del Wisconsin Department of Health Services
State of Connecticut Urban Ag Guidance
Printable handout from Philadelphia Community Gardens
Garden Guidelines from the Vermont Community Garden Network
COVID-19 Guidelines for safe community gardening from the Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group
Building Farm Resilience During COVID-19 from the Cornell College of Ag and Life Sciences