The Resilience Hub is committed to building a more localized food system and mutual aid networks in our community. One of the ways we can be of service during this time is to support the building of food growing spaces for people who have been impacted by the pandemic and are seeking greater food security.
To this end, we have decided to sponsor and organize in-person permablitzes / work parties again. We’ve come up with a list of guidelines for these events to lower the risk of transmission. Mt. Joy Orchard has already begun hosting work parties with good success.
Here is the evolving list of guidelines we’ve mapped out (with special thanks to the Mt. Joy Organizing Team for working out most of these):
- All volunteers are required to wear masks and carefully keep at least 6 feet apart.
- To help make it easier to maintain 6 feet or more between all volunteers, work parties will be split into 2 shifts of 3 hrs each. There will be 10 people allowed on each shift – volunteers can sign up for shifts using Sign-Up Genius.
- Hand washing and hand sanitizing stations, as well as materials to sanitize tools between uses will be available at the site.
- Participants are required to bring their own water bottle and work gloves.
- Participants are encouraged to bring their own tools and use them for the duration of the event. We will provide guidance on which tools will be useful depending on the tasks to be completed at the permablitz / work party. We will request that volunteers stick to one job as much as possible to minimize the amount of tool sanitizing that needs to happen.
- Materials piles will be spaced well apart so that people can keep distance easier.
- Please stay home if you are feeling sick or have had recent exposure to anyone with symptoms of respiratory illness.