Statement from Toledo GROWs regarding the COVID-19 crisis.
Last Updated: July 23, 2021
Update on Toledo GROWs during the COVID 19 pandemic
Throughout these past months, Toledo GROWs’ staff and Board of Directors have adjusted to new ways of interacting with and serving our community. Your support has enabled us to remain mission-focused and provide much-needed resources during this time.
A brief update on our work:
- With the growing season in full swing, staff is at the farm full-time, with procedures in place to continue to keep everyone healthy. This includes requiring masks in the building for all visitors who have not been fully vaccinated.
- We have welcomed volunteers back this summer. Our Wednesday morning volunteers continue to join us weekly, and several groups have been instrumental in helping at the farm this season.
- We provide “curb-side” pick up of weekly produce sales, honey, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares for this summer. CSA shares began June 3 and continue through October.
- We are again able to offer in-person gardening and nutrition education. A few groups have been to the farm for field trips and others have taken part in programs at city parks, library branches, or at their day camp. Groups are beginning to schedule for the fall as well.
- Our Community Garden Coordinator keeps in touch with 125 gardens in the Toledo GROWs network, providing technical assistance, connecting gardeners with resources and materials, and visiting gardeners at their site. Nearly 10,000 people are served through those gardens each year. We continue to field inquiries from groups who want to start a community garden.
- Toledo GROWs has partnered with Ohio State University Extension, Central State University Extension, 577 Foundation, and Moe Urban Farm to plan and host Metro Beet Urban Farm and Community Garden tour. Tours in June, July, and August have proven to be a great way to introduce people to the many farms and gardens around the city and get people excited about growing their own food.
- Crosby Festival of the Arts, a fundraising event for Toledo GROWs, was a rousing success. We worked with the health department and Metroparks to plan a safe event, then were able to relax some of the procedures once the governor lifted many of the restrictions. Artists and guests alike enjoyed a wonderful weekend and time together at the beautiful Toledo Botanical Garden.
- Our Harvest Dinner Series is proving to be very popular. Five farm-to-table meals will be held in August and September and a brunch at the farm in October. Several meals, featuring produce from Toledo GROWs’ farm prepared by local chefs, are already sold out.
- A date is set and plans will be underway soon for Seed Swap 2022: February 26 at Scott High School!
Thank you for being part of all this work! Your support has kept us going and allowed us to stay focused on serving those in our community who are most in need. Together, we are empowering our neighbors to grow their own food, share that food with others, and live a healthier lifestyle. We are growing FOOD, growing WELL-BEING, and growing COMMUNITY!
Please continue to keep yourself and those around you safe.