COVID-19 Response

Dear DCGP community,

Due to the developing COVID-19 situation, we are cancelling all events and in-person gatherings until the end of April, at which point we will see where things are and evaluate what steps to take moving forward. This means that Spring Fling is unfortunately cancelled. All DCGP staff are working from home until further notice, so the best way to reach us is to email. Staff will be checking the office voicemail and mailbox once a week, so any calls will be returned, it just may take longer than usual. Checks for plot and tilling fees and donations will be received by mail. The health and safety of our gardeners, community, and staff is our top priority, and we will continue to monitor the guidelines and recommendations from the CDC and State of Minnesota.

Plot sign-ups will still be open to the general public on April 1st.

You can sign up for a plot on our website. If you need any assistance filling out the online form, please email us. As we will not regularly be in the office to receive checks, please make payments on our website via PayPal if possible. We realize that COVID-19 is impacting the incomes of some of our community members, and want to remind you that we never turn away any gardener due to inability to pay the plot fee. If you want to rent a plot this season, but don’t have the resources to pay the plot fee, please contact us to make other arrangements. Please also note that our plot fee chart is a guideline for appropriate plot fees. You know your own financial situation better than we do, so choose the income bracket you feel is appropriate. Please email Starr with any concerns regarding program fees.

As this situation develops, we are increasingly reminded of the importance of community. As our mission is to “cultivate healthy neighborhoods by providing access to land, knowledge, and community”, creating connection has always been central to our work. If you are elderly or immunocompromised and need assistance, consider reaching out to one of your fellow community gardeners--we’ve found that gardeners are usually eager to lend a helping hand! If you are privileged to be young and in good health, consider checking in on one of your fellow gardeners that might need some groceries delivered.

Additionally, this situation demonstrates our increasing need for local food security. When a crisis arises, do we have the ability and resources to grow our own produce? Do we have local farmers that we can purchase food from? Do we have the skills we need to preserve the food we grow for times of need? We will continue to provide access to food-growing land and knowledge to all Duluthians in order to foster community resilience. We also encourage you to support local farmers if you are able! Contact Starr if you would like help connecting with local farmers.

Stay healthy and stay connected, we can work together to get through this!


Sincerely,

DCGP Staff and Board

DCGP Guidance RE COVID-19