Our Evolving Response

To Covid19

First and foremost we want you to know that we will always be adhering to all guidelines, protocols, and restrictions from our Governor. As with all of you, we are doing our best to stay centered and make wise decisions in the midst of an evolving and difficult situation. We hope that you will bear with us, take care of yourselves, and stay in touch with us as we work together to navigate this pandemic.

Last updated: May 8, 2020

Right now, our top priority is protecting the health, safety, and well-being of our resident family, staff, and volunteers, and doing our part to help slow the spread of the virus.

That said, we are also aware that, in time, people will need to come to healthy, nurturing landscapes to reflect, connect and heal. In addition, our own survival depends on that possibility, and so for both reasons we remain poised to welcome guests and retreat groups as soon as it is safe to do so.

For now, here are some guidelines for visitors to the farm and for those who have future bookings with us:

For Visitors

  1. We require all our staff to wear masks when interacting with the public and ask all visitors to the farm to also wear a mask.
  2. We are open for walkers on the land. Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order is currently in effect through June 15, 2020. However, exercise is important and allowed! Our hillside trails are lovely and are open for visitors alone or in small groups.
  3. Our buildings are closed to the public. This includes restrooms, and all outbuildings and yurts.
  4. If you wish to see the lambs, please do so from a distance and do not enter our sheep paddocks or fields.
  5. Our farm store is currently closed, but all our products are on-line, and are available for pickup at the farm. Right now we plan to open to in-person shopping after June 15th.
  6. If you are picking up an order at the farm, or interacting with others, please wear a mask. We require that our staff wear masks when working in close proximity or interacting with the public.
  7. We still plan to open for Pick-Your-Own berries in July and August. We are consulting with the state and other farms to plan the details for a system that limits the number of people at the farm at any one time. We will have a plan announced by June 15. For those interested, here are some evolving thoughts from the state as we all navigate how to do this together.
  8. We will keep everyone posted of all plans through our newsletter and social media. We encourage you to sign up to get our news at the bottom of this page. Or follow us on Facebook or Instagram.

For Overnight Guests

  1. Our public and private programs are suspended until July 1. Anything scheduled in May and June has been moved to later in the summer. As of now, we plan to open July 1, but we will keep monitoring the situation in case we have to determine it is unsafe to open at that time.
  2. For overnight stays, we are still determining what is possible. We hope to be able to open by July 1 (the Governor is currently allowing lodging reservations after June 15 for Vermonters or those who have completed a 14 day quarantine), and will be putting in place all recommended cleaning and social distancing protocols recommended at that time, in order to keep everyone as safe as possible.
  3. For groups that are booked that want to talk about changing a reservation, please contact Mandy.
  4. We will be announcing our plans for the Better Selves Fellowship soon. If you applied to be a fellow in 2020, and have not heard from us please contact Mandy. Thank you.

For Our Mad River Valley Community: 

We want to assure you that as members of the community we are taking your health, and our own, very seriously.

  1. We will always follow all guidelines and mandates put forward by our Governor, CDC, and Department of Health.
  2. All of our staff undergo mandatory training on safety protocol.

  3. We will be strictly following the practice of social distancing at all times.

  4. We require all our staff to wear masks when interacting with the public and ask all visitors to the farm to also wear a mask.
  5. No person symptomatic of COVID-19, or who has been in close contact with infected persons will be permitted to visit.

Please consider supporting the Farm today to help keep us open and providing public access and programs. Thank you!

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