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Important Service Changes / Cambios Importantes en el Servicio

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The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. Due to this, GreenThumb is making important service changes, to ensure the health and safety of our partners and the public. You can learn more, including how to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, on the CDC or NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene webpage

 

For important NYC Parks Department information, please visit NYC Parks' Service Announcements page. 


Find out more about GreenThumb’s additional safety precautions, program cancellations, and potential closures before you head to a garden or event.  For updates on upcoming workshops and events, please visit the Workshop Updates and Garden Events pages.

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Access to GreenThumb Community Gardens on NYC Parks Property
updated 4/1/2020
Gardens on NYC Parks property are closed to the public, and open to garden members only for absolutely necessary maintenance and season preparation activities.   

At GreenThumb, the health and safety of the public and our partners is always our top concern. In compliance with Governor Cuomo’s executive order, effective immediately and until further notice community gardens on NYC Parks property may remain open or closed to garden members only at the discretion of each garden group, and only for absolutely necessary maintenance and season preparation. Due to the relatively small spaces in most gardens and the difficulty in achieving safe social distancing of 6 feet or more, gardens must remain closed to the general public. We realize that this will be disappointing to some, but it is necessary to help protect public health.  Below are details and requirements to guide garden groups, which remain in effect until further notice:

  • Garden Access:  Access must be limited to garden members only, and only for garden maintenance and season preparation that is absolutely necessary.  Gardens must remain closed to the public until further notice, and gardeners should close keep garden gates closed while working in gardens.     
  • Events and Gatherings: All public events in community gardens on NYC Parks property are prohibited.  In addition, all in-person meetings, activities, and gatherings of garden groups are prohibited.  Large projects that require many hands must be postponed. 
  • Social Distancing: Gardeners working in gardens must observe safe social distancing by keeping at 6 feet between all people at all times 
  • Staggering Access: Garden groups must make best efforts to stagger access to gardens to minimize the number of members inside at the same time
  • Disinfecting Surfaces: Gardeners should regularly disinfect all shared tools and spaces.  Disinfection guidelines can be found on the CDC website.
  • Review Current COVID-19 Information: Gardeners should review current information and guidelines on COVID-19 on the CDC and DOHMH webpage, especially with regard to populations at risk.

Please visit the GreenThumb website to stay informed of any changes as things continue to evolve.  GreenThumb shares your disappointment in reducing access to community gardens, especially during a crisis, but it is imperative that we all work together to help protect public health and keep our fellow New Yorkers safe. 


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Food Distribution for GreenThumb Community Gardens on NYC Parks Property
updated 4/1/2020

NYC Parks GreenThumb has consulted with the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), and we have outlined requirements below for the continued distribution of food through a farmers market, farm stand, fresh food box, CSA, or similar operation.  These requirements are mandatory for gardens operating on NYC Parks property. Garden groups in this category must confirm with their GreenThumb Outreach Coordinator that they have received this message and that they are complying with best practices. NYC Parks GreenThumb is also sharing this guidance with all gardens since it includes a number of tips to help improve public health at food distribution sites.

 

Please remember that NYC Parks GreenThumb community gardens must remain closed to the general public, with the sole exception of customers entering to obtain food in strict compliance with the below requirements.  The practices outlined below were developed by GrowNYC and shared by DOHMH in order to ensure social distancing of six feet and a clean environment for food sales and distribution.  They include: 

  • NYC Parks Requirements:  For gardens on NYC Parks property, only food produced on-site can be sold, and only to support the continued operation of the garden.   Gardens can also serve as pick-up locations for Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs.
  • Food Handling: Only garden group members and those assisting with food distribution may handle products.  Customers must not touch any produce or products before purchase or distribution. Consider pre-packaging produce into bags where possible. 
  • Gloves: All gardeners/vendors and those assisting with processing transactions should wear protective gloves. When possible, to prevent cross contamination, those handling transactions should be separate from those handling any produce or food products.
  • Sanitizing: All gardeners, and those assisting with food distribution operations, should sanitize their stands regularly, primarily wiping down tables, terminals, cash boxes, etc..
  • Tent Spacing: Any tents should be spaced at least 10-feet apart to reduce congestion, ideally further.
  • Table Covers: Vinyl or plastic table covers should be used for easy sanitizing.
  • No Sampling: Absolutely no sampling of products is permitted.
  • No Beverages by-the-cup: No selling of any beverages by the cup is permitted.
  • Stay Home if Sick: All gardens and those assisting with food distribution must stay home if they are sick.
  • Hand Sanitizer: Hand sanitizer should be available at market manager stations.
  • Social Distancing: All gardeners must observe social distancing of six feet or more.  Please politely remind all customers to observe social distancing of six feet or more, cover their coughs, not touch their faces, and stay home if they are sick by posting signage such as this one, also available in multiple languages here.

 

For additional guidance, please see guidance for food retailers here.   Additional information about COVID 19 and DOHMH resources can be found here.
 

Thank you in advance for your close attention to these requirements. We encourage you to continue to take all necessary steps to help keep yourself and our City safe during this challenging time. You can learn more, including how to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, on the CDC or NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene webpage.


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GreenThumb Programming

Find out more about our additional safety precautions, program cancellations, and potential closures before you head to a garden or event. For updates on upcoming workshops and events, please visit the Workshop Updates and Garden Events pages.

 

GreenThumb GrowTogether
updated 4/1/2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, GreenThumb GrowTogether will not occur on April 4th and 5th. *People who purchased a lunch through Eventbrite will be given a refund. 
At GreenThumb, the health and safety of our partners and the public is always our top concern, so we are re-imagining this year’s GrowTogether in a virtual space through a series of lunchtime webinars throughout the month of April. We will share new information as soon as it is available. Please visit bit.ly/GTWorkshopUpdates for the latest updates.

Workshops
All GreenThumb-led workshops are being cancelled, postponed, or offered online until further notice. For the latest updates on whether a workshop is cancelled, postponed, or moving online, please visit bit.ly/GTWorkshopUpdates.

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Cambios Importantes en el Servicio
updated 4/1/2020

La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha declarado como pandemia la enfermedad COVID-19, conocida como coronavirus. Por esta razón, GreenThumb ha implementado cambios importantes en el servicio para asegurar la salud y la seguridad del público y la de nuestros colaboradores. Usted puede aprender más del tema, incluyendo como ayudar a parar el coronavirus en las páginas web del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC) o el Departmento de Salud e Higiene Mental de la Ciudad de Nueva York.

 

Por favor visite la página web de Anuncios de Servicios del Departamento de Parques para más información.

 

Encuentre más información acerca de las precauciones de seguridad, cancelaciones de programas, y cierres potenciales antes de ir a un jardín comunitario o evento. Para más actualizaciones acerca de los talleres y eventos, por favor visite las páginas de Actualizaciones de los Talleres y Eventos en Jardines.


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Reglamento acerca de los Jardines Comunitarios bajo la jurisdicción del Departamento de Parques

La Organización Mundial de la Salud ha declarado la enfermedad COVID-19, conocido como coronavirus, una pandemia. La salud y la seguridad del público y la de nuestros colaboradores siempre ha sido la preocupación primordial de GreenThumb. En cumplimiento con la orden ejecutiva más reciente del Gobernador Cuomo, con efecto inmediato y hasta nuevo aviso, los jardines comunitarios pueden permanecer abiertos o cerrados únicamente para los miembros del jardín a discreción de cada grupo de jardinería y solamente para el mantenimiento y preparación para la temporada de cultivo. Debido al tamaño relativamente pequeño en la mayoría de los jardines y la dificultad de mantener una distancia segura entre personas de al menos de 6 pies, los jardines deben permanecer cerrados al público en general. Esto puede ser decepcionante para algunos pero esto es necesario para proteger la salud pública. A continuación se explican más detalles y requerimientos para guiar a los los grupos de jardinería las cuales son efectivas hasta nuevo aviso:

  • Acceso a los Jardines Comunitarios:  El acceso debe limitarse únicamente a los miembros del jardín y solo para el mantenimiento y la preparación necesarios para la temporada de cultivo. Los jardines deben permanecer cerrados al público hasta nuevo aviso y los jardineros deberán cerrar las puertas mientras están trabajando en el jardín. 
  • Eventos y Reuniones:  Todos los eventos públicos en jardines comunitarios bajo la jurisdicción del Departamento de Parques están prohibidos. Además, todas las reuniones, actividades, y congregaciones de grupos de jardinería está prohibidas. Proyectos a gran escala que requieran muchas personas deben posponerse.  
  • Distancia Social: Jardineros trabajando en jardines deben mantener una distancia social segura de some is 6 pies de distancia entre las personas en todo momento. 
  • Acceso Escalonado: Los grupos de jardinería deben hacer el mejor esfuerzo para escalonar o tomar turnos para ingresar al jardín para minimizar el número de jardineros dentro del jardín al mismo tiempo. 
  • Desinfección de superficies: Jardineros deben desinfectar de manera regular todas las herramientas y espacios que se comparten. Guías de desinfección pueden encontrarse en el sitio web del Centro de Control de Enfermedades (CDC).
  • Información Actualizada del COVID-19: Jardineros deberían revisar la información y guías actualizadas acerca del COVID-19 en el sitio web del CDC y del Departamento de Salud de Nueva York, especialmente acerca de las personas que están en riesgo. 

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Conferencia GrowTogether
updated 4/1/2020

 

La Conferencia GrowTogether de GreenThumb no ocurrirá los días 4 y 5 de Abril como se había planeado. Estamos explorando otras opciones y compartiremos esta información lo más pronto posible.

Por favor visite el sitio web de GreenThumb para mantenerse informado de cualquier cambio. GreenThumb comparte su decepción por el acceso limitado a los jardines comunitarios, especialmente durante una crisis pero es imperativo que todos trabajemos juntos para ayudar a proteger la salud pública y para mantener seguros a los neoyorquinos. 

 

 

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