The Cuyahoga County Extension office, in alignment with all OSU campuses, has postponed all face-to-face programming until further notice in response to the recent outbreak of COVID-19. Until further notice, all OSU Extension staff are working remotely and are available from 9am-5pm Monday-Friday to receive phone calls and emails. We are offering online video-based trainings for some of our scheduled programs during this time. We are closely monitoring the number of confirmed cases and the number of county residents who are quarantined here in Cuyahoga County. The health and safety of our participants, partners, and staff is our number one priority. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any questions (216) 429-8200.
For a Factsheet on Community Gardening during the COVID-19 pandemic:
**Note: At the time that this resource was published, face masks were still optional in many places. It has since been determined that face masks are an important tool in preventing the spread of the virus, are recommended for use when around people from outside of your household, and are required in many public establishments.**
Seeing Community Gardens Through this pandemic
The current coronavirus concerns have a distinct impact on community projects, spaces and places. Our office remains committed to serving our communities and we have put together the following recommendations for community garden leaders:
- If your community garden is associated with a place of worship, a non-profit or any other agency, check with their leadership to see if they have policy to follow at this time.
- Be understanding of individuals’ choice to stay safe. Consider your ability as a garden leader to be flexible for people who do not want to come to the garden at this time.
- Continue to communicate with your gardeners. If a garden policy is determined, communicate this with all gardeners. If you will let individuals determine their own level of comfort, communicate a short-term plan for maintenance of absentee plots.
- If you need to keep a garden plot free of weeds, use a thick mulch or weed fabric to suppress weeds. Consider some options:
o Cardboard, remember to wet/weigh it down with something or secure with landscape pins so the wind does not blow it away. Straw or wood chips are a great material to camouflage the cardboard if you would like to.
For information on the coronavirus and how to prevent its spread, or learn how the state of Ohio and The Ohio State University are working to keep our communities safe, visit:
Ohio Department of Heath
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The Ohio State University
If you have any questions or need more information about the Summer Sprout Program or Ohio State University Extension, Cuyahoga County, please contact our office at (216) 429-8200.