Join Genesee Land Trust for a weekend work party at Macyville Woods Nature Preserve in the Village of Sodus Point. We’ll work on improving the trails, removing invasive shrubs from wooded areas, and continuing to find and remove historic trash and debris. Our newest nature preserve, Macyville Woods, offers 34 acres of woodlands and wetlands nearby Lake Ontario and Sodus Bay.

We’ll bring the tools for the job and snacks. Please dress appropriately for working outside (sturdy footwear, long pants, layered clothing) and bring your own water bottle. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to attend. Contact Kevin Farrell at kfarrell@geneseelandtrust.org with any questions.

Work Party: Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
Saturday, June 6, 2020
10:00 AM 1:00 PM
7474 Seaman Street Sodus Point, NY, 14555 United States (map)

https://www.geneseelandtrust.org/volunteer-events

Other ongoing activities at Macyville Woods:

Japanese wineberry is another invasive that you can safely remove with gloves. Thanks to support from the Finger Lakes Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management, we are removing this and other invasive plants from Macyville Woods Nature Preserve and have begun planting more beneficial shrubs and trees to improve bird habitat. Japanese wineberry looks similar to raspberry and blackberry plants, but its stem has more hairs and fewer thorns. Learn more about wineberry here and watch the short video below with Stewardship Assistant Will Macaluso.

TOOLS REQUIRED: Gardening gloves and trash bags
WHERE TO GO: Macyville Woods Nature Preserve
PLEASE REMEMBER: Stay safe, practice physical distancing, and dress appropriately. We would like to track when and where you volunteer for this project. Please call, text, or email Kevin Farrell at (585) 484-0250 or land@geneseelandtrust.org.

Sharing information on how to take care of ourselves, our employees and our customers.

As we move toward reopening our businesses and lives, we need to make sure we are prepared for doing things differently. Taking care of ourselves, our employees and our customers will require planning ahead to make sure we have COVID-19 safety in mind.

We are getting used to wearing our cloth face coverings in public, and maintaining 6-foot physical distance from others. These practices also apply to our farms, and when we are interacting with the public. Health and safety precautions, such as providing hand sanitizer for employees and the public, will take some planning ahead.

Below we share some important resources to help you plan. We will continue to update our farm resilience resource page as new information becomes available.


Cornell Cooperative Extension Distributing Free Hand Sanitizer and Masks to Farms

CCE has been working with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to find ways to assist farmers with continuing their operations while improving safety precautions.

Through CCE offices, the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets (NYSDAM) is distributing 500,000 face masks to essential farm workers across the state. Also being distributed is hand sanitizer, produced in New York State and secured by NYSDAM.

Across the state, CCE offices have mobilized to receive and distribute hand sanitizer and masks to New York farmers, free of charge. Farmers can contact their local CCE office to request masks and sanitizer for their employees and retail areas.

Meanwhile, the Cornell Farmworker Program is also working hard to protect farmworkers. Anyone can get involved with the #4HMaskTask to help make reusable cloth masks for communities in need. These collaborations are evolving and ongoing.


How to Effectively Use Cloth Face Coverings

 

In New York State, there is an Executive Order on the use of face coverings to limit the spread of COVID-19. It mandates that “any individual who is over age two and able to medically tolerate a face-covering shall be required to cover their nose and mouth with a mask or cloth face-covering when in a public place and unable to maintain, or when not maintaining, social distance.”

The CDC recommends that these cloth face coverings should:

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face.
  • be secured with ties or ear loops.
  • include multiple layers of fabric.
  • allow for breathing without restriction.
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.

Providing Face Coverings to Your Employees

New York State has also issued guidance that all employees who interact with the public must wear cloth face coverings. You may have family members that are interacting with the public.

These recommendations apply to them, as well as those paid to work on the farm:

  • Provide employees with cloth face coverings and gloves.
  • Cloth face coverings must be used by employees if they are interacting with customers. These coverings must be provided by the farm.
  • Instruct employees on proper use, storage, and washing of face coverings.
  • It is recommended that one, five-pack of masks should be provided per employee.

Observing the Recommended 6-Foot Social Distancing

New York State’s guidance all states that we must observe a 6-foot physical distance from others. The virus is transmitted person to person through respiratory droplets, which is why this 6-foot physical distancing is so important.

As you prepare for employees and farm customers, you should:

  • Welcome people with a smile and a wave, but at a distance. No hugging or handshakes.
  • Post signs to emphasize physical distancing and hand sanitation.
  • Redesign customer flow to maintain physical distance.
  • Post signs at check-out to emphasize physical distancing while waiting.
  • Employees must maintain a 6-foot distance with each other and customers.
  • Enforce their use of cloth face coverings.
  • Consider installing clear plastic shields or dividers between employees and customers.

Maintaining a Clean and Sanitary Workplace

Establish a cleaning and sanitizing standard operating procedure (SOP) for frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, scale platforms, registers, other electronics, chairs, cash boxes, hand rails and port-a-john handles. Write these down and implement them daily.

For an example SOP that you can adapt to your farm, check out the Sanitation and Postharvest Handling Decision Tree.

Follow this four-step process for cleaning and sanitizing high-touch surfaces:

  • Remove visible dirt and debris.
  • Wash with soap and water or appropriate detergent.
  • Rinse the surface of debris and detergent.
  • Sanitize with a food contact surface approved sanitizer.

Emphasize hand washing and sanitation as recommended for food safety in general.

  • Upon arriving at work, before and after eating, after using the restroom.
  • Provide training on how to properly wash hands.
  • Emphasize hand sanitation between customers.
  • The University of Minnesota created a low-cost hand washing station DIY.

Make sure you have an adequate stock of hand sanitizer:

  • About 750 ‘servings’ (about 5 mls) of hand sanitizer are in a gallon.
  • If one employee uses sanitizer 6 times in a day (at start and end of day, before and after lunch, before and after restroom visit), then a gallon would last approximately 125 days.
  • If you have a farm stand or U-Pick farm, and customers are using sanitizer 4 times (at start and end of visit and before and after checkout), a gallon would be enough for about 190 customer visits.

Instruct employees on proper use of disposable gloves for when dealing with customers or when using gloves as PPE during sanitation practice:

  • Wash hands before putting on new gloves.
  • Remove gloves before breaks, meals or toilet visits.
  • Take off gloves in a way that avoids touching the outside of the glove with either hand and dispose.
  • Wash hands.
  • Put on new gloves before starting work again.
  • If gloves are worn at check in or check out, sanitation between transactions must still be observed.

Encourage employees to arrive each day wearing clean clothes. Also, encourage employees to wash their farm clothes separately from other clothes.


Taking these proactive steps will protect your team and your customers and create a positive experience on the farm during this pandemic.


For Additional Information:

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has created an official COVID-19 resource page offering details and latest guidance as it relates to agriculture in the state.

The Cornell Small Farms Program is keeping a list of resources for farms to build resiliency through potential impacts from COVID-19.

The Cornell EDEN website is the hub of information for COVID-19 issues and resources.

The Cornell Ag Workforce is a great resource for updates on labor management issues and programs and policies related to ag workforce issues and COVID-19.

The Institute for Food Safety at Cornell University answers questions around the risks associated with food production with useful links to expert resources to ensure that a safe and robust food supply is maintained.

Kacey Deamer

Kacey Deamer

Kacey is the Cornell Small Farms Program’s communications specialist. In this role, she manages all storytelling and outreach across the program’s website, social media, e-newsletter, magazine and more. Kacey has worked in communications and journalism for more than a decade, with a primary focus on science and sustainability.

As part of the Lake Ontario REDI project, the Village of Sodus Point, located in Wayne County is presently beginning a beach nourishment project to build dunes for natural shoreline protection. This Friday & Saturday there are volunteer opportunities six feet apart to plant dune grass. Families are encouraged as they can work in a group. You must wear a facemask for protection. Groups will be spaced apart. Registration is required.

To register please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sodus-point-beach-grass-planting-tickets-105807904290

When:
Fri, May 22, 2020, 12:00 PM – 3:30
Sat, May 23, 2020, 3:00 PM – 5:30

Where: Sodus Point Beach, end of Wickham Drive, Sodus Point, NY – meet up at the beach.

Please see the registration form below
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sodus-point-beach-grass-planting-tickets-105807904290

  • Sodus Point Dune and Beach Restoration
    Dune and Beach Restoration Along the Numbered Streets West of Sodus Bay Channel funded by the New York State Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative, Follow this link to read more about the Lake Ontario Dune and Beach Restoration Project
  • The District, working with Wayne County is also assisting in the management two REDI projects, for more information on (Click here)

aem-logoThe District is offering a 75/25 cost share on soil samples done through Agro-One Soil Testing services.

The average cost is only $25.00!

The District is also offering to gather the samples from the fields for the farmer/landowner as well as taking care of the shipping, handling and paperwork involved. A qualified Technician will review the results of the sample with the farmer/landowner if requested.

Currently, for farms that participate in AEM, there is a cost share for soil health tests and actually have a Technician that will come take the samples for you.

1. Choose your Soil Testing Service (Click here for the order form)

2. Download and complete an AEM Tier I worksheet.

3. Call 315-946-7200 to schedule a visit so we can take a soil sample.

While every farmer takes pride in stewardship, there are often many components that are difficult to manage on a regular basis such as soil health testing. Soil health management is a key component to the environment, economic and ethics management while working for crops of the various commodities. Whether the farm is fruit, vegetable or field crop, soil health monitoring every three years or so gives an opportunity to assess actual soil needs. This assessment gives a clear picture on what investment planning needs to be done for long term health planning. It is like retirement planning for soil. The longer more sustainable the soil health is, the longer more sustainable your crop will be.

By implementing an Agriculture Environmental Management (AEM): Soil Health plan, every farm has an opportunity to understand the actual needs and begin to implement various practices that can assist in building carbon matter for benefits on annual yields and potential manage inputs of starter, herb/pesticides and side dressing.

 

 

With NYS on PAUSE, Huckleberry Swamp, located in North Rose, is offering a self guided activity walk to celebrate Earth Day.

From April 22nd -April 25th the public is invited to take a walk along the boardwalk trail at Huckleberry Swamp and view fun facts along your walk.

Earth Day has been celebrated every April 22nd since 1970. The main aim of Earth Day is to raise awareness of the impacts that our actions as mankind have on our environment and earth as a whole . Take the day to learn more about the environment we live. Think about the actions everyone can take to make it better.  Make Earth Day, every day. 

Huckleberry Swamp is located at 9190 Catchpole Road, North Rose, NY 14516

The Huckleberry Swamp volunteers invite guests to bring a hand-painted rock and participate in the  “Take A Rock-Leave A Rock”.  Scattered around the area are hand-painted rocks with inspirational messages, The public is invited to take a rock leave one of your own for the next person. Add a little joy to anyone that may need a lift. Visitors can also participate in fun scavenger hunts.

Can you find these items?  Click the photos for larger view and printing. (images open in a separate tab)

For more information about Huckleberry Swamp and to see other activities and events, please visit www.ofofinc.org

Invasive Species Workbook

Wayne County Soil and Water and FL-PRISM will host a teacher meeting focusing on a newly created Invasive Species Activity workbook for the classroom. Grab a lunch and join by Zoom. Teachers that register will receive a printed workbook along with other invasive species educational materials.

Date: April 15th
Time: Noon – 1 P.M.

For Zoom information and registration please visit  https://waynecountynysoilandwater.org/IS/

For questions and more information please email drew@waynenyswcd.org

 

Wayne County Soil and Water Conservation District
7312 RT 31 Lyons, NY 14489
315-946-7200

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