COVID-19 and keeping our community safe

Updated 7/19/2020 at 7:20 PM

We’ve all been impacted by COVID-19 in some way this year. We know that it’s a difficult time filled with many unknowns, and we greatly appreciate the collective efforts of health care professionals, businesses, and individuals to keep our communities healthy. Oxbow remains focused on growing safe, healthy food and increasing its availability in the community.

We continue to closely monitor and respond to the ever-evolving situation, which has greatly impacted Oxbow’s programming and events for 2020. King County, where Oxbow is located, remains in Phase 2 of the Safe Start plan for reopening. Earlier in July, governor Jay Inslee mandated the wearing of face coverings in places of business to further protect our communities. What does this mean for Oxbow?

  • All volunteer opportunities are on hold unless otherwise noted. Please contact us at volunteer@oxbow.org if you have questions.
  • For previously scheduled large-group Summer Field Trips: Our education team is working with individual organizations to meet their needs, with the goal to reschedule cancelled programs for a later date. If you’re an educator or registrant with questions about future programs, please contact us at education@oxbow.org.
  • Registrations for Summer Camp are closed; we are holding very limited Summer Camps for small groups of previously-registered campers ages 11-14. Please see our Summer Camp Page for more information on the status of Summer Camp.
  • NEW: Bring some Oxbow magic to your family with our NEW Oxbow Adventure Package! The program combines a safe, semi-private family field trip of Oxbow with a carefully-curated series of fun activities, crafts, and more. The program is offered on a sliding scale – learn more and register here.
  • We remain dedicated to providing food for our community; Oxbow’s farming operations continue as planned. We are currently growing produce for wholesale orders, select Farmers Markets, and our 20-week CSA season. You can find our produce at select PCC Stores, Central Co-Op, and at the Mercer Island and Issaquah Farmers Markets. 

We are committed to the health and safety of our staff, guests, and program participants, will provide additional updates to current program registrants and volunteers as it becomes necessary.

Oxbow is not currently open to the public during regular business hours. We are offering several Open Days and special opportunities for the public to connect in a safe, socially-distanced manner outdoors. Learn more about Oxbow Open Days here.

Below are the steps that Oxbow has taken/is currently taking to protect our staff, guests, and program participants, in line with the guidelines established by the CDC and King County Public Health.

  • On site, we have upped our cleaning efforts by encouraging increased hand washing, use of hand sanitizer, and disinfection of high-touch surfaces in Oxbow’s shared work spaces and vehicles twice a day. Sanitizing supplies and multiple outdoor hand washing stations have been deployed for use in areas frequently used by staff. 
  • All staff have been briefed on the CDC’s recommendations for preventing the spread of illness and have been instructed to stay home if sick, and follow quarantine guidelines in case of suspected illness from or exposure to COVID-19. All staff who can have been instructed to work from home.
  • With schools closed for the school year, our in-class programming has been suspended and field trips scheduled for spring have been cancelled. Our goal is to reschedule programming whenever possible. If you have specific questions about our education programs and policies, please reach out to education@oxbow.org.
  • All visitors to Oxbow must check in upon arrival, answer a brief health questionnaire, and wear a face covering while at Oxbow. Reminder: Oxbow is not open to the public, with the exception of designated Open Days. Other visits are scheduled by appointment only. 
  • Oxbow’s farm staff continues to maintain strict protocol for sanitation and hygiene in an environment where food is handled, as is required for compliance with FSMA (Food Safety Modernization Act) rules. Read more about our farming health & safety protocol here.

Our work in support of a healthy environment and food system is important now, more than ever. Oxbow is a special place that provides space for creatures of all kinds—humans included—to find respite in and nourishment from their natural world, and we hope that we will able to continue offering opportunities to connect with us in the months to come. Show your support by becoming an Oxbow Member – benefits include discounts at our Farm Stand and on programs, all in support of Oxbow’s work and mission.

Be well,

Team Oxbow