COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Based on public health guidelines, we have decided to resume outdoor in-person events for summer and fall 2021.

A number of NYS counties are at high levels of community transmission. In order to protect all of our field day participants, unvaccinated participants must wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when attending any NOFA-NY event. Vaccinated participants are encouraged to wear masks to decrease the risk of transmission.

To minimize risk at in-person events NOFA-NY staff will require participants to register for all in-person events and enforce gathering size restrictions. While we normally strive to make our events family-friendly, we have to ask that children under 12 not be brought to events.

We will continue to review and adjust our safety guidelines as new guidance is received.

Individuals, including staff, event hosts, and attendees, should not attend an in-person event if they—or anyone in their household—are displaying any of the following symptoms:

  • Fever (100.4F or higher)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Call for immediate medical attention if you are experiencing any of the following:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Pain or pressure in the chest that doesn’t go away
  • Experience confusion or trouble waking up
  • Bluish lips or face

NOFA-NY staff will contact event hosts the night before and the morning of an event to check if anyone at the event site is displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19. If any symptoms are present, the event will be canceled. We will contact event registrants to notify them about any event cancellations as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on your email leading up to a scheduled event.

Community Agreements

NOFA-NY’s field days bring together farmers, gardeners, and advocates for education and community building. We aim to create an inclusive environment where every person can learn and share together. Field day participants agree to abide by the following agreements: 

Be respectful: Respect the identities, backgrounds, and boundaries of others. Be open to different perspectives and experiences.  

Be safe:  Even when meeting outside, for now, please respect the need for others to be protected. Wear a mask and stay socially distanced as outlined by the staff and hosts.  

Be curious: Listen actively and seek clarity with questions. We are here to learn with and from one another.  

Be conscious of intent vs. impact: We are each responsible for the impact of our words and actions, regardless of the intent.  

Call in, not out: When someone acts or talks in a way that is harmful, we ask that you “call in” to bring attention to the impact. Calling in is done privately, compassionately, and with a focus on inviting the person who caused harm to awareness rather than shaming or shunning them publicly. We are all learning, so be mindful that you may be called in. You don’t have to “call in” alone – the NOFA-NY staff attending can support or do it for you. 

Take space / make space: Take space for yourself in conversation if you tend to be quiet. Make space for quieter voices if you tend to speak often. The NOFA-NY staff is here to help make sure everyone’s voices are heard, and no one person dominates the conversation.  

Speak from the “I” but remember the “we”: Speak from your own experience. Use “I” statements rather than generalizations. Be aware of biases and privileges.  

Avoid jargon: Be inclusive with your words. We all come from different backgrounds and have diverse understanding and knowledge. If you use an unfamiliar term or acronym, explain its meaning. 

Field Day staff, hosts, speakers, attendees, and sponsors are expected to honor these agreements. NOFA-NY reserves the right to revoke event access if community agreements are broken.  

These agreements were developed by NOFA-NY staff with reference to NESAWG Community AgreementsBiodynamic Association Community GuidelinesSoul Fire Farm Safer Space Agreements, and OEFFA Conference Community Standards