COVID-19 Precautions and Plant Sales Update March 24, 2020

This is a difficult time for everyone. Many of us are isolated in our homes, worried about friends and family, contemplating the repercussions of this ever-changing situation on our lives. It can seem too large to understand and we may find it overwhelming. Please be aware of stress and make sure to look after yourselves during this crisis.

Things you can do to support yourself

Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Take care of your body. Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate. Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals, exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep, and avoid alcohol and drugs.
Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.

As gardeners, there is something else we can do – get outside and garden. Caring for ourselves by nurturing plants may help us to keep busy, provide exercise and stress relief and may even allow some over-the fence contact with neighbours. Many of us are looking forward to raising food for ourselves as a way to give us a sense that we are providing for ourselves during this time.

Because we feel so strongly about this, volunteers are continuing to raise seedlings for sale to the public. Volunteers are using social distancing, staggered work times and other precautions while caring for these plants. Plant sales will be every Wednesday and Saturday at the Beban Learning Garden from 10am to noon. Here is what you need to know before attending a plant sale.

There will be a limited number of volunteers on-site, all wearing gloves, if possible.
– Signs will not be placed out on road – you will have to find the site by yourself
– Sale plants will be sold outside ONLY – we ask you not to enter the greenhouse at all
– Please bring exact change only please (small pots are $2.50, gallon pots $5, flat of 18 @$40) or be prepared to tap your credit or debit card
– The 2 metre rule will be strictly followed
– There is a wash stand with soap (no towels) provided for everyone and we encourage its use
– Frequently touched objects will be regularly wiped with bleach solution by volunteers

Also, please do not attend if you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 or a cold or flu. These include fever, cough, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, aches, tiredness, sore throat and runny nose.

Thank you for respecting these guidelines to keep yourself and everyone else safe at this time.

Happy gardening in hard times.

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