How is social distancing going to work in Vermont’s community gardens?

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Right on schedule, seeds and bulbs are raring to go as the weather warms in Vermont — but community gardeners, as a precaution against COVID-19, have had to rein in the impulse to socialize outside.

Fun and informative options for humans have germinated as garden organizers wait for health officials give the all-clear.

Online seed-swapping forums, shared-tool etiquette, and creative, crowd-thinning schedules feature highly in a list of guidelines published online this week by Burlington-based nonprofit Vermont Community Garden Network (VCGN).

Some of VCGN’s ground rules:

  • Follow standard health guidelines while the coronavirus epidemic is in full swing (wash hands often; stay at home when sick; minimize social interactions).
  • Create standards for how many people can safely work at the same time in the garden at the same time — by maintaining a minimum 6-foot distance from one another.
  • Wear gloves, but remember that the new coronavirus can survive on gloves’ surfaces.
  • Set up a hand-washing station at the entrance to the garden.
  • Remove or lock up shared tools; designate a limited number of people who handle shared surfaces like lids to a compost bin.

The gardening network is moving its springtime seminars and courses online. Details can be found on the group’s website.

Vermont teems with knowledgeable, community-minded gardeners. Here’s where some of them can be found:

Healthy starts to gardens depend, to some extent, on healthy humans. Before you venture out, consider checking out the Vermont Department of Health’s up-to-date information on risks presented by the new coronavirus.

Contact Joel Banner Baird at 802-660-1843 or joelbaird@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @VTgoingUp.

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