For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Shannon Reid, firstname.lastname@example.org or 603-568-5599
Concord, NH – The Sycamore Community Garden, located on the campus NHTI-Concord’s Community College, will re-open following approval by State public health officials of safety protocols put in place by the college and garden board. The boat launch located across the access road from the garden will also re-open for public use on May 23, 2020, subject to social distancing guidelines.
Sycamore Community Garden is located on 1.75 acres of land on the southern edge of the NHTI-Concord’s Community College campus. It consists of 168 garden plots and has been in operation since 2009. Many gardeners, including new Americans, rely on their garden plots to help feed their families and to grow foods native to their home countries. Sycamore Community Garden provides gardeners with plots, plants, compost, and tools. There are two wells on site. A manager oversees the operation of the garden throughout the season.
Community gardens have been deemed essential under current public health orders. NHTI has been working with the Sycamore Garden board and Public Health officials to re-open the site in ways that ensure activity at the garden can be conducted in accordance with public health guidelines and orders. Guidelines have been communicated to those using the site, including through audiovisual recordings to the gardeners translated into their native languages.
Safety Guidelines for Re-opening the Community Garden:
- Individuals who are ill or who have had any close contact with Covid-19 suspected or positive persons are not allowed on site.
- Information about confirmed or suspected Covid-19 persons shall be reported so that NHTI and the Sycamore Garden board can take appropriate action in conjunction with Public Health authorities for the safety of the gardeners and others with access to the campus,
- Gardeners will maintain six feet of distance from people who are not part of their household.
- The number of gardeners on site at any given time will be limited.
- Stakes in each plot will be painted either red or blue to identify two gardening groups. One group may visit the garden on odd-numbered days; the other on even-numbered days.
- In past years, all 168 plots have been filled. This year 20-30 plots remain empty. These empty plots are staggered throughout the garden site.
- Additional hand-tools will be purchased to reduce sharing.
- Hand sanitizer stations will be placed in the garden and signs will be placed on the boxes instructing individuals to use it before and after touching the equipment.
- These safety guidelines will be written out and translated into Nepali and other languages and posted on site. Sycamore Community Garden, with the assistance of interpreters, will ensure each gardener is contacted and informed of the guidelines.
- There is no usage allowed of unauthorized areas of the NHTI – Concord’s Community College/CCSNH property that are closed, temporarily or otherwise to the public during the pandemic, including all college buildings, athletic fields, parking lots, except as designated, and areas marked as unauthorized/designated for the Alternative Care Site.
- If the Alternative Care Site (ACS) should be activated, gardeners will take care not to interfere with their operations
- The gardeners must follow any applicable requirements of:
- New Hampshire Executive Order 2020-04 and Executive Orders that extend this order
- Applicable Emergency Orders pursuant to these orders
- Additional Orders as issued by the Governor of the State of New Hampshire
Safety Guidelines for Re-opening the Boat Launch – Opening 05/23/20
- There will be no access to the pavilion or picnic area.
- The Boat Launch will be open for daytime use only (sun-up to sun-down).
- Barriers will be in place to prevent overnight parking.
- Signage will outline the following conditions to use the boat launch:
- Maintain Social Distancing of 6 Feet
- Daytime Use Only (Sun up to Sun Down)
- No Overnight Parking
- No Loitering
- Carry in Carry Out
- Firearms Prohibited
- Alcohol Possession/Consumption Prohibited per Concord Code of Ordinances Title I – Chapter 14 – Article 14-5 and CCSNH/NHTI Policy
- Access to Athletic Fields is Prohibited
- Failure to adhere to these conditions may result in removal from CCSNH/NHTI Property
- This area is subject to closure at the direction of the NHTI Campus Safety Department
About NHTI-Concord’s Community College:
NHTI is a dynamic public institution of higher learning providing accessible, rigorous education, serving students, businesses and the community by creating pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement and civic engagement NHTI―Concord’s Community College offers more than 90 academic programs to more than 4,600 students annually. Graduates can transfer to 4-year colleges and universities, or enter directly into the workforce. NHTI is a member of the Community College System of New Hampshire, and has been accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education, a nongovernmental, nationally recognized accrediting agency, since 1969.