COVID-19

GUIDELINES FOR GARDENING DURING COVID-19

Effective November 20, 2020, in response to the steep rise in COVID-19 cases, Philadelphia has announced changes to restrictions on businesses, events, and gatherings to help flatten the epidemic curve, prevent hospitals from becoming overwhelmed, and reduce the number of COVID-19 deaths. NGT remains committed to prioritizing health and safety at community gardens.

NGT will continue to monitor the situation and are following the recommendations made by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the City of Philadelphia. We encourage you to stay up to date through these websites, as well.

We are asking all NGT community gardeners to exercise an abundance of caution when visiting an NGT garden and to follow all guidelines and have them posted in your garden.

  • Stagger visits to the garden or set-up a schedule to keep numbers low and to maintain a social distance of at least 6 feet, (ideally 8-12 feet) from others at all times. We recommend setting a garden capacity that works for your garden and allows adequate social distance.
  • We are discouraging the use of gardens as gathering spaces at this time. Philadelphia is limiting outdoor gatherings to no more than 10 people per 1,000 square feet. In addition, all individuals at outdoor gatherings must wear masks at all times, and—to reinforce mask use—neither food nor beverages may be served.
  • Garden leaders should use their discretion about the number of people their garden can safely accommodate in compliance with the city restrictions to allow for proper social distancing, especially at smaller gardens. Please consider the square footage of open gathering spaces, as opposed to the total area of the garden which includes planting beds.
  • We highly recommend using Zoom or conference calls for any/all gardener meetings.
  • If you do not feel well, stay at home.
  • Stay home if you have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case in the past 14 days.
  • Wear a mask when at a community garden.
  • Take measures to sanitize and disinfect all frequently touched spots such as locks, gates, water spigots, hoses, latches, knobs on sheds, shared tools, and workspaces, etc. Use diluted household bleach solutions (1/3rd cup bleach per gallon of water or 2 Tbsp per quart), alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol or other EPA-approved products.
  • Wear gloves when possible.
  • Bring your own tools when possible.
  • Have hand sanitizer and soap readily available in the garden.
  • Thoroughly wash all produce you harvest from the garden.
  • Does your garden need Personal Protective Equipment (such as masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer)? The Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council is part of a partnership to provide PPE to farms and gardens. Fill out this form to request protective gear.