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COVID-19 response plan template and FAQ for fruit and vegetable farms

Authors: Natalie Hoidal, Extension Educator, Local Foods & Vegetable Production and Annalisa Hultberg, Extension Educator, Food Safety

We've received numerous questions over the last few weeks about how farms should respond to COVID-19. While there's plenty of information floating around about COVID-19 in general, applying this information and guidance to the day to day operations of fruit and vegetable farming has been a challenge. With this in mind, we've developed a workbook that farmers can use to create a plan that fits your unique operation.

This plan is essentially a series of prompts to help you identify risk across your farm, with lists of suggested practices you can use to minimize risks. You may use this template (after adapting it to your operation) as your farm's official COVID-19 response plan, or use the questions in it to inform your plan.

None of the suggested practices are required. If a practice doesn't fit your operation, simply delete it. We decided to add as many suggestions as possible at the risk of creating an intimidatingly long document in order to give you plenty of ideas. Do not feel like you need to implement all of them; rather, for each identified risk on your farm, try to have at least one solution to reduce risk.

If you need help with your plan, we are here to help. Please reach out with questions.

The template plan can be accessed here. It is set up as a google document that you can download as a Word file, or copy into your own google drive, and then edit.

Se puede acceder a la guía en español aquí. Utilice este libro de trabajo para elaborar el plan de acción de su granja por COVID-19. Se presenta una serie de planteamientos y se le pide identificar los riesgos en cada área.

We've also created an accompanying FAQ page specific to issues that fruit and vegetable farmers are asking about in relation to COVID-19.
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