Farming Health and Safety

Oxbow values our community and the ability to provide it with access to safe and healthy food. To do so, we comply with our farm’s Food Safety Plan and the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). Outlined below are some additional steps we are taking to safely bring produce to the people.

  • Essential farm staff are adhering to the CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Staff are closely monitoring their health and have been instructed to stay home and follow quarantine guidelines in case of suspected illness from or exposure to COVID-19.
  • Additionally, staff strictly follows the CDC guidelines on hand washing and hygiene etiquette.
  • Staff who are harvesting, processing, or delivering produce all wear single-use non-latex gloves and masks, and our team is taking additional measures to sanitize work and wash areas, farm vehicles, and tools. As always, produce for wholesale orders is packed into new waxed cardboard boxes that are not reused.

Our current focus is on growing for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program, which directly connects the community to local food. Our steadfast model of food distribution limits the number of people who have contact with your produce and concurrently builds a more resilient food system. You can learn more about Oxbow’s 6-Week Spring and 20-Week Main Season CSA here – we hope you’ll consider becoming an important part of our family.

One of our key values is to provide food to those with limited resources, and we are increasing our efforts to support food bank and community food relief partners. Phenomenal work is being done in the greater Seattle area to provide food to those impacted by COVID-19 and we are honored to be a part of it.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions at farmers@oxbow.org.