Community gardens reopen with safety precautions during pandemic

As COVID–19 restrictions ease, community gardens are preparing to stay safe while planting together.
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As COVID–19 restrictions ease, community gardens are preparing to stay safe while planting together.

A Lincoln community is staying active using social distancing while maintaining its community garden.

“People grow all sorts of stuff okra, the woman in the next plot over has kale and bok choy,” said Dan Howell, a resident.

The Indian Village neighborhood reopened their garden Saturday but put special practices in place to keep everyone safe during the quarantines.

Howell was ready to work in the sunshine, watering his tomatoes. He adds his neighbor, James Woody sets up the cleaning supplies for tools and hand sanitizer.

“He got a big jug of it and he fills up a little bottle of it whenever it gets empty and he’s got Lysol spray so you can spray down the tools if you use tools out of the shed,” says Howell.

That jug of sanitizer was donated from the UNL innovation campus and fellow neighbors use social media to connect and help in the garden. Howell says the garden is also a great way to get to know your neighbors. The plots are naturally spaced apart so people can still work together while maintaining social distancing.

“You mix because you have a common interest and you’re doing something that requires everybody to do it responsibly and so it helps bond,” says Howell.

The neighbors hope to have it full of vegetables soon for the community to enjoy.

 

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