Covid-19 Cavell Garden Procedures

Hello gardeners and garden visitors,

Cavell Park Community Garden has some modified procedures in place to mitigate risks from Covid-19 while still being able to garden during summer 2021.

Please check general public health guidelines, updated daily, here: Always follow the stricter rule if things seem to be different between the public health website and this page.

The guidelines and practices we are putting in place are based on requirements of the City of St. John's.

Please read them here:

City of St. John’s: Requirement, guidelines, and best-practices for community gardens on city-land during Covid-19

Covid-19 Community Garden FAQs

Please read our procedures and recommendations below:

Contact Tracing - IMPORTANT

When you are visiting the garden, we ask that you email with subject line "Garden Contact Tracing Log". In the email, include:

- your name,

- date

- time range of your visit.

... even if your visit was super short.

(It's ok to reply to your own thread of "Garden Contact Tracing Log" emails.)

Visiting the garden:

- Anyone who is sick or feeling unwell should not go to the garden.

- 20 person maximum in the garden at any one time (for Covid-Level 3; it's further reduced to 10 people for Covid-Level 4).

- Anyone who is in a household with someone in quarantine related to Covid-19 should not go to the garden.

- Anyone who is immunocompromised or in another high-risk group (e.g. elderly) should not visit the community garden.

- If you need help tending your plot, ask a garden friend or email the Board. We'll sort something out.

- Non-medical masks are encouraged for anyone in the garden. Do not share these.

- Gardening gloves are encouraged for anyone touching things in the garden. Do not share these.

- Cover coughs and sneezes.

- Wash your hands often, including when you arrive at and leave the garden.

- When in doubt, stay home

Physical distancing at Cavell:

- Keep at least 2 metres from others.

- Adjacent plots should not be tended at the same time, unless they're rented by people in the same "bubble". Some community gardens have implemented a schedule, but since Cavell frequently has only a few plots being visited at any given time, we will start with a more informal system. We'll switch to a schedule if that's not working.

Informal system:

-If there are already 10 people in the garden, or if someone is already tending a plot adjacent to yours when you arrive, or within 2 metres of where you intend to work, either come back another time or greet them from afar, and wait for them to finish up before approaching your plot.

- If you are tending your plot, and notice one of your plot neighbours arrive, say Hi from afar, try to finish up what you're working on, or take a break to let others have a chance to do their priority tasks as well.

- Talk to each other, coordinate what works for you and your neighbours.


- If after trying this system you find that it's not working for you, and you'd prefer a schedule, let us know. For example: If you're having more awkward moments than you're comfortable with (e.g. often feeling rushed, or like you're intruding, or find that you're avoiding going to the garden to avoid a potential awkward interaction), or if some times of the day/week turn out to be too busy. No need for details in the email. If we get 10 or more of these emails (1/3 of the garden), it'll be time to get a schedule on the go!

Garden plots:

- Do not touch any garden plot which you are not responsible for. This is always the rule at Cavell, but it is extremely important that everyone follow it this year.

- Follow the instructions of the Communal Bed teams and the Board for harvesting communal crops. This too is especially important this year.

- Bring your own tools when possible.

Shared objects:

- Clean any shared tools and anything you touch between uses.

- At Cavell, this means: Clean any surface that you touch, other than your own garden bed, both before and after use. (Assume that everything is contaminated when you arrive, and also make sure that anything you touch is left clean for the next person.). This includes: Water taps, watering cans, toolbox locks, tools, anything used by the work teams.

- You can decide which cleaning products you are comfortable using, and bring these from home. The Board is satisfied if shared items are wiped down properly with a soapy cloth. There are some suggestions here:

- Do not leave any cleaning supplies, either new or used, at the garden bring them home with you. We do not want bottles of poison lying around, wipes littering the garden/park, etc., which could harm people, plants, or animals.

- The Board will endeavour to have a small supply of soap available in the Small Tool box, but this should be a "just in case" supply. Bring your own every time. But if you're caught out - please use the soap.

Water taps and watering cans:

- Touch as few watering cans and water barrels as possible on each visit. Only one of each, if possible.

- Only one double-bubble-household of people should use the water at a time. Take turns approaching the barrels if anyone else at the garden.

- If you need repeat trips to the barrels to water your bed, communicate with everyone else in the garden which tap you have touched and not yet finished with so that they can work from another one until you clean the tap you're using.

- As with all shared items, clean the tap and watering can before and after use.

Work teams:

- Should split up tasks so that different households don't need to get within 2 m of each other.

Communal work days:

- There will not be any this summer.

- Instead, there will be a list of tasks that are able to be accomplished by single-households of people in an hour or two.

- Each member will be responsible for signing up to do several tasks to do over the course of the summer. (You can choose which kinds of things you want to do).

Annual General Meeting:

- Was held online in 2020, with 23 of the 28 members at the time present.
- The AGM for 2021 will be held online in May