Covid-19 in 2020


The ICG and c19 in 2020

Our Goals

Social Responsibility, Physical Distancing and Gardening with and for the Community.

Our Responsibilities

Response to Covid–19

In accordance with municipally, provincially, and federally mandated guidelines the Inglewood Community Garden is developing a set of “access protocols”, attendance schedules for gardeners and volunteers and a communication program to inform our gardeners and the public of the measures we will be taking in order to operate the ICG in the safest manner possible for the foreseeable future.

We will be posting information regarding these measures on this website, as they are adopted by our Board of Directors, and they will be announced on our social media platforms as well, see links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/inglewoodcommunitygarden/

Instagram: @inglewood_community_garden

Twitter: @icgyyc


Access Protocols and Practice

June 29

As of June 29 the ICG will be extending our access guidelines to accommodate…

ICG Gardeners’ guests

ICG Gardeners and Seconds who have submitted an Access Request Form may attend the Garden with a guest or guests so long as:

  1. the Gardener or Second accepts responsibility and liability for their guest(s)

  2. the guest or guests are in the company of the Gardener or Second for the duration of their visit

Please note that this extension is strictly limited to the guests of ICG Gardeners and Seconds.

June 12

As of today, June 12, the ICG is operating under the following guidelines.

These guidelines do not replace the terms and conditions of the Access Request Form but are being implemented supplementally to accord with governmental “relaxation” of restrictions.

Garden Access

Gardeners have been provided the combination to the gate padlocks.

Gardeners are no longer required to sign in to the Garden.

Gardener Responsibilities

  1. Gardeners — will be individually responsible for maintaining mandated “social distancing” and “tool sanitizing practices” for both themselves and the gardeners around them.

  2. Gardeners — must ensure that the gates are locked when they leave the Garden.

Garden Hours: Until Further Notice

8:00 AM until 8:00 PM

May 28

As of today, May 28, the ICG is operating under the following guidelines.

These guidelines do not replace the terms and conditions of the Access Request Form but are being implemented to accord with the general societal “relaxation” of restrictions.

Gardener Responsibilities

  1. All gardeners must check in at the gate.

  2. Only gardeners who have already submitted an Access Request Form will be granted access.

  3. All Primary and Secondary Gardeners — will be individually responsible for maintaining mandated “social distancing” and “sanitizing practices” for both themselves and the gardeners around them.

Garden Hours: May 28 – May 30

We have suspended our online scheduling program as of Tuesday, May 26.

For the remainder of this week, gardeners may access the Garden on the following days at a time of their choice.

• Thursday, May 28 from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Saturday, May 30 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Garden Hours: June

Actual days and hours — when gardeners can access the ICG at a time of their choice remain to be determined by the Board of Directors but “may” follow this pattern.

• Tuesdays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Thursdays, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Saturdays, 10:00 AM to TBD PM

May 25

After consultation with Alberta Health Services, as of June 1, 2020, the ICG will set aside “appointment only” gardening and implement a more “spontaneous” access management system.

Details will be published here, once they have been determined, and in the June 1, Monday Update Newsletter.

May 15

Pursuant to discussions with Alberta Health Services the number of gardeners permitted in the ICG Rental Garden has been increased to a maximum of 24.

The ICG Access Protocols document WILL NOT be edited to reflect this change, for the following reasons:

1. Maintain a consistent standard in the current Access Agreement for all gardeners

2. While “relaxations” of the mandated guidelines can be implemented “in time and place” by the ICG, as they are permitted; the reverse, imposing or reimposing any particular stringencies without the commensurate terms extant in the Access Agreement may prove problematic.

May 4

The ICG Access Protocols are available in PDF format: ICG Access Protocols.pdf

Every gardener and volunteer who chooses to garden in the ICG — during the c19 Gardening Season — will have to acknowledge and accept the finalised version of these Access Protocols, as incorporated in the ICG Access Agreement, in order to be accorded entry to the ICG.


Spring Scheduled Planting – Communal Garden

June 13

The Communal Garden has been completely planted and now requires volunteer tending.

The planting plan can be viewed at this webpage Communal Garden

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the ICG Communal Garden should …

May 19

As of May 19, the most current information regarding the Communal Garden will be published on the ICG Events Calendar.

Anyone wishing to volunteer in the ICG Communal Garden should submit at Contact Form to that effect.

Communal Garden planting began in earnest today, May 19 at 4 PM.

May 4

A planting plan has been drafted.

Communal Garden bed preparation has begun and will accelerate with the use of volunteer help during the week of May 11 to 15.

A Volunteer Schedule for the Communal Garden is in its final draft stages.


Spring Scheduled Planting – Rental Garden

June 13

Scheduled gardening has been suspended — see above, Access Protocols and Practice

May 19

As of May 19, the most current information regarding Scheduled Planting in the ICG Rental Garden will be published on the ICG Events Calendar.

May 19, 21, 23

Scheduled appointments for Gardening will take place:

• Tuesday, May 19 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Thursday, May 21 – 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM

• Saturday, May 23 – 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Sorry, appointments are closed.

May 15, 16, 17, 18

Scheduled appointments for Gardening will take place:

• Friday, May 15 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

• Saturday, May 16 – 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

• Sunday, May 17 – 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

• Saturday, May 18 – 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM

Sorry, appointments are closed.

May 4

The ICG will open for bed preparation and planting on Friday, May 8.


Long Term Tending Schedule – Rental Garden

June 13

Long term scheduled gardening has been suspended — see above, Access Protocols and Practice

May 25

After consultation with Alberta Health Services, as of June 1, 2020, the ICG will set aside “appointment only” gardening and implement a more “spontaneous” access management system.

Details will be published here, once they have been determined, and in the June 1, Monday Update Newsletter.


In-person Orientation Schedule

June 13

Henceforth, In-person Orientations for volunteers will take place on an ad hoc basis.

May 4

Adaptive strategies relying on cellular and text communication have been employed to expand scheduling.


Reference Material

Focus

Emphasis will be placed upon using the guidelines provided by the City of Calgary.

Resources

Municipal via City of Calgary:
https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/cema/Pages/Response-to-Coronavirus.aspx?redirect=/covid19

Municipal via Calgary Horticultural Society;
https://www.calhort.org/wp-content/uploads/covidmessagecommunitygardens.docx

Provincial Government of Alberta:
https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Federal Government of Canada:
https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html