COVID-19 and keeping our community safe

Updated 11/25/2020 at 5:15 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. View the Current COVID-19 Guidance for King County here. Back in July of 2020, governor Jay Inslee mandated the wearing of face coverings in places of business to further protect our communities. What does this mean for Oxbow?

  • Oxbow is currently only open to the public when our Farm Stand is open, or during a specified event. We invite you to pick up some delicious organic veggies and take a short, self-guided walk around our trails. Masks are required at all times, and dogs are not allowed. See our Visitor Info page for details and hours (note special holiday hours).
  • All large group volunteer opportunities are on hold unless otherwise noted. You can view volunteer options for individuals and households here. Contact us at volunteer@oxbow.org if you have questions.
  • Winter In-class programming: Oxbow will be offering Virtual Programming for schools, homeschool students, and more! See our School Programs page for more info, and contact us at education@oxbow.org with any questions. We’re delighted to support teachers and students in their learning journeys, no matter where classrooms might be! 
  • Other learning opportunities: Check out our Digital Classroom and Lessons & Resources pages for fun video learning from our farmers and hands-on activities that you can do in your home or backyard!
  • We remain dedicated to providing food for our community; Oxbow’s farming operations continue as planned. We are currently growing produce for wholesale orders, our seasonal CSA programs, and our Farm Stand. You can also find our produce at select PCC Stores and Central Co-Op.

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.

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. 
  • Shared, enclosed spaces are outfitted with air filtration units.
  • 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 been cancelled or postponed. Our smaller Family Farm Adventure field trips for family units of 5 or fewer people will return in spring of 2021. If you have specific questions about our education programs, 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 only open to the public on days when our Farm Stand is open. 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