Local food production critical during times of crisis: Flamborough farmer

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By Shawn Brenn, InsideOttawaValley, March 31, 2020

In a normal year, our family farm would be busy getting ready for spring planting season. That means preparing seeds and fields and getting ready to get crops in the ground. Potatoes are our main fruit and vegetable crop, but we also grow onions and a lot of fresh, leafy greens like dill, cilantro, spinach, collards and beets. These are products you see on the shelves in your local grocery store.

As we all know, this year is anything but normal for all of us in all aspects of our lives. And we’re all trying to adjust to a world that’s changing around us daily due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Food safety has long been at the core of what we do, so our workers are already accustomed to frequent handwashing and other hygiene procedures. We’ve put new protocols in place to safely manage truck traffic, limit offsite visitors and co-ordinate grocery purchases for our workers.

And since we’re in rural areas, most farms are ideally suited to self-isolation due our open fields, buildings spaced far apart from each other and the lack of close neighbours.

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