Webinar archive: Strategies and adaptations for U-Pick and on-farm produce sales
By Farm Safety Nova Scotia, Perennia, Horticulture Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture
On June 2, 2020, Farm Safety Nova Scotia, Perennia’s horticulture team, Horticulture Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture collaborated on a webinar about strategies to reduce risks associated with COVID-19 for U-Pick operations and on-farm produce sales. The webinar was attended by farmers from the three Maritime provinces.
Marlene Huntley, executive director with Horticulture Nova Scotia, says the webinar went well and common questions centered around coping with the different rules, hiring more staff, dividing rows, directing traffic and protecting workers.
Several resources were shared, such as Calendly.com, a free program for online bookings. Suppliers for cardboard products included Maritime Paper and Master Packaging. The full Guidance for U-pick Farms during COVID-19 document is also available online and details what to do for check-in areas, on farm, and cleaning protocols.