COVID-19 and keeping our community safe

Updated 3/23/2021 at 1:30 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, observing the current COVID-19 guidance for King County here. What does this mean for Oxbow?

  • Hours & Visiting: 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. >> Get directions and visitor info here
  • Volunteering: All large group volunteer opportunities are on hold unless otherwise noted; volunteering opportunities for individuals and small households/groups are available. >> View volunteer opportunities here
  • Education programs: Oxbow offers Virtual Programming for schools and homeschool students, hands-on Family Farm Adventure field trips for households and COVID pods, summer camps, and more. >> Learn more about Education Programs here 
  • Other learning opportunities: Watch fun videos from our farmers and download hands-on activities that you can do in your home or backyard!  >> Explore our Digital Lessons and Resources here
  • Certified organic produce: 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, Central Co-Op, and local restaurants. >> Learn more about the CSA and where to find Oxbow produce here

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.
  • Educational programming has shifted to meet the varying needs of schools and educators. View our current program offerings here. Our smaller Family Farm Adventure field trips for family units of 5 or fewer people are open for registration.
  • 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 or when a special event is being held. 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