(Ithaca NY, May 8, 2020) The NY State Department of Agriculture & Markets is working with Cornell Cooperative Extension county offices across the state to distribute hand sanitizer and face masks to farms and farmworkers to help ensure their safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. In Tompkins County, a partnership of several local ag groups, community organizations and government agencies is now at working together to distribute these materials to local producers.
Materials were received and unloaded by volunteers on Friday, May 8 at a central location in Ithaca, then divided up and transported to rural pickup locations across the county.Products including gallon jugs and 2-oz bottles of sanitizer, and 5-packs of cloth masks will be available this week for pickup by agricultural producers at the following six sites, on the days and times listed below:
Each farm may pick up approximately one gallon bottle of sanitizer for every two farm employees, five masks per employee, and one 2-oz bottle of sanitizer per employee. (These numbers may vary based on availability.) Producers will be asked to provide their farm name, and to fill out a state-mandated reporting form indicating the amounts of each item claimed by your farm. They will be able to scan a QR code with their phone to fill out the reporting form touch-free on their own device, or can choose to fill out a paper copy on-site.
Any producer in Tompkins who has not received an email from CCE with details about the distribution in their town should contact Graham Savio, Agriculture Team Leader at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County at firstname.lastname@example.org or Monika Roth at email@example.com to ensure that all local farms are included on this and any future distribution lists. You may also call (607) 272-2292 x126 or x159 – staff are working from home but the information will be forwarded to them.
Partners on this effort were: Tompkins County Farm Bureau, Tompkins County Soil & Water Conservation District, the Tompkins COVID-19 Food Task Force, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, the CCE South Central NY Dairy Team and the Cornell Farmworkers Program.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. For more information, please visit our website at http://ccetompkins.org/ .
Last updated May 14, 2020