Covid-19 Policy 2021

The Village Agricultural Cooperative & Learning Center is dedicated to community health through access to nutritious food and mutual support. In response to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the 2020 and 2021 growing season, The Village will follow Centers for Disease Control guidance as well as state-wide and local health department requirements and recommendations.

The CDC provides the most up-to-date guidance for community organizations here, and, more specifically, outlines “Considerations for Outdoor Learning Gardens and Community Gardens.” The considerations outlined by the CDC will be followed at all Village locations and include the following: 

  • Staying home when sick 

  • Social distancing

  • Wearing masks 

  • Handwashing 

The Village will update its posted guidelines as CDC recommendations change. These guidelines will be posted on The Village website, at the physical growing locations, on social media feeds, and will be shared directly with growers. Handwashing stations with city water and soap will be provided at the sites.

The Village is closely following a number of local sources related to COVID-19 and corresponding guidance. The State of Minnesota provides Minnesota-specific guidance here as well as specific guidance on community gardening here. City of Rochester Covid-19 information may be found here and information from Olmsted County Public Health can be found here .

At the time this policy was updated, the State of Minnesota is currently operating under executive order 21-11. In this guidance, social settings in an outdoor space should not exceed 50 people and social distancing between households must be maintained. Additionally, any outdoor event shall not exceed 250 people and masks and social distancing are required. The Village will follow guidelines set out by this executive order when planning any event beyond normal, day-to-day gardening by the gowers. The Village will stay up-to-date on any changes made to this executive order and comply accordingly.

Therefore, The Village Community Garden and Learning Center expects all participants to follow CDC and state guidelines to protect the health of our community. Growers will maintain social distancing, wear masks when within 6 feet of those from other households, follow proper handwashing procedures, and avoid social gatherings of more than 50 people. This will allow participants to grow food to provide for their families, access safe outdoor physical activity, and improve social and mental health. 

Revised April 2021