"We Are All Farmers Now": FRESH New London during COVID-19
Once the pandemic hit New London, FRESH’s mantra became “We Are All Farmers Now.” We put many of our projects on hold to try to combat the increasing food insecurity issues, compounded by the pandemic and economic instability. A lot of our procedures had to change and we shifted our focus. A part of our response was to activate Edible
New London, our vision of food growing across the city, in new ways. In the spring, we planted out a round of spring crops in all FRESH gardens, to be ready in 4-5 weeks, and encouraged others to do the same. We began building backyard and container gardens for New London families as well as distributing food to the community. We changed our farmer’s market style CSA into pre-packaged boxes. Many community events became virtual, like our online seed bomb workshop. This work with the New London community continues into October 2020 as we all learn how to share resources and support each other. As urban farmers, our essential personnel know that people need food! And that the normal ways that we get food– going to the grocery store, receiving donated food from the Food Bank, eating at the soup kitchen– are all complicated, dangerous and over-stretched at this point. The many programs, plans and hopes for our ambitious 2020 growing season are all under way, but require constant revision and reevaluation as we learn more about how to keep ourselves and others safe. Here are a few pictures that shed light on this area of work.
Submitted by Fresh New London on Oct 15, 2020