To Our Community (Covid-19 Update)
As we all work in our lives to address so many changes, with our families and in our workplace, here on the farm in Washington state we are finding resilience amidst COVID-19. To know your farmer is to know your food, and in this difficult time this sentiment is at the forefront of Community Supported Agricultural (CSA) and farm-to-table programs trying to answer the call.Everyone here at Full Circle and Griffin Creek Farm are working hard to follow CDC guidelines, as well as the usual WSDA food safety rules, and our own extra precautions now put into place to protect our employees and our members. The food supply chain is categorized as critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security, and here on the farm every day in the Pacific Northwest we have been taking that responsibility to heart for the last 25 years in all of our growing practices.
On a good day, without the pandemic, most farmers work long hours, and have physically tiring and socially distant tasks already built into their out of doors world. Farmers endure a sense of unpredictability with weather, plant diseases, crop failures and employee shortages. Today, across the country, farmers are gearing up for their new growing season with another worry on top of their usual fears, a new and added one of fewer distribution chains, with many markets and restaurants shut down. Pick-up sites and farmers markets have always been a place for farmers to gather with the community to distribute food. Smaller farms do not often have the infrastructure to handle home delivery, and being resilient will mean banding together in the coming months, so that many farmers’ crops can be sold on sites already up and running. Your Full Circle curation has been doing just that for many years, and we greatly appreciate your support. Area farms have come together trying to formulate their CSAs, and these will start to be more available in the coming months. Locally, organizations like SnoValley Tilth and PCC Farmland Trust are helping to provide resources for farmers and farm businesses during this difficult time.
The kindness and acts of selflessness we see are amazing. Thank you a million times over to the growers and the producers, to the folks packing and delivering boxes, to everyone for their patience and perseverance. We see incredible dedication on the medical front, and we see incredible dedication with the food supply, as well. We are all in this together. Be safe, be well and please, stay at home if you can.
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