Purdue Student Farm Helping to Stock Local Food Pantries With Fresh…

first_img Facebook Twitter By Purdue University News Service – Apr 9, 2020 Facebook Twitter SHARE Purdue Student Farm Helping to Stock Local Food Pantries With Fresh Produce SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Student Farm Helping to Stock Local Food Pantries With Fresh Produce A student harvests leafy greens at the Purdue Student Farm. (Purdue University photo/Steve Hallett)Amid rising economic insecurity and heightened uncertainty, the Purdue Student Farm is doing all it can to keep its local community healthy and well-fed. The usual outlets the farm sells to, mainly campus dining venues, are closed due to the COVID-19 virus, but the farm is still active and producing. Currently, the farm supplies Food Finders Food Bank and the on-campus ACE Food Pantry with fresh produce.Over the last three weeks, Steve Hallett, horticulture and landscape architecture professor and advisor to the student farm, said they have donated 100 bags of fresh greens to Food Finders every Monday and Thursday.“There is a possibility that there may be some shortages of fresh vegetables as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in donations to organizations such as Food Finders, and we want to do our part for our community,” Hallett said.Currently, leafy greens are mainly what’s available for harvest but Chris Adair, the student farm manager, said they will continue making donations to pantries as new crops become ready to harvest and this crisis persists.“We’re going to run the farm for as long and as normally as possible,” he continued. “We try to always promote the idea that access to healthy food is essential for every community, not just during times like this.”The farm is taking extra precautions to keep its student employees and beneficiaries safe and healthy. This involves dividing into two small groups that never interact with each other and keeping employees a safe distance apart while harvesting or packaging. Additionally, while handling food and packaging, students wear masks and gloves at all times.It may feel like the world has stopped but people still need access to food, which means workers along the entire supply chain, from farmers to grocery clerks, are essential in keeping the nation fed, Hallett said.“We are planning for the rest of the season,” he continued. “It is sowing and planting time. We hope we will be able to sell to the dining halls by the end of the summer, but if not, we will sell directly to the community and we will continue to donate.” Previous articleCorn, Soybean, Wheat Ending Stocks Increase in USDA’s April Supply and Demand ReportNext articleProtecting Farm Labor During the COVID-19 Pandemic Purdue University News Servicelast_img read more

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England tiptoes out of full lockdown as economy plunges

first_imgEngland tentatively began easing its coronavirus lockdown on Wednesday, with some people who cannot do their jobs at home urged to return to work, as stark economic data showed the disastrous impact of the pandemic.The worst-hit country in Europe with more than 40,000 deaths from COVID-19 according to official data, Britain has been in extensive lockdown since March 23. As of Wednesday morning, people in manufacturing and certain other sectors were being asked to return to work if they could.GDP data released on Wednesday showed the economy shrank by a record 5.8% in March compared with February, and the April data is likely to be even worse as the country was under lockdown for the entire month. The government is loosening restrictions very gradually, for fear of triggering a second peak of infections. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described the process as a “supremely difficult” balancing act.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which have semi-autonomous governments, are sticking with a “stay at home” message for now, leaving England, the most populous UK nation, to take the lead in sending some people back to work.The government has faced a barrage of criticism that its new guidance – Stay alert, control the virus, save lives – was confusing. Appearing on Sky News TV, transport minister Grant Shapps was asked why estate agents were being allowed to restart house viewings when people could not have their own relatives to visit.”The truth of the matter is, you have to start somewhere. The lockdown message was very straightforward – it was just stay at home. Now as we start to unlock, of course, there have to be decisions made,” Shapps said. “There is no perfect way of doing this, and we’d ask people to use their common sense … Right now, there has to be a cut-off somewhere.”Workers were being advised to avoid public transport if at all possible, and schools remained closed, prompting questions about how parents and people who could not get to work by other means were supposed to apply the new guidance.Employers faced the daunting task of creating safe environments for their staff, with detailed guidance on one-way systems at entry and exit points and in stairwells, spacing out workstations and other minutiae.For those still working from home or unable to work, there was only a very slight change in the regime. People were now allowed out to exercise more than once a day, and two people from separate households were allowed to meet outdoors as long as they kept 2 meters apart.Martin Hewitt, chairman of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said officers would still be encouraging people to go home if they were out for reasons other than the authorized exercise, shopping for essentials, health or work.Fines for transgressions have been increased.”Everybody will carry on hopefully working in the spirit we’ve had for the last seven weeks,” he told BBC TV.”It’s not for the police to police people being 2 meters apart, that’s about everyone’s individual responsibility. If there are those people who refuse to abide by the new regulations then we will move to enforcement if that’s what we have to do,” he said, describing that as a last resort. center_img Topics :last_img read more

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Syracuse football against No. 20 Florida State to kick off at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse’s game against No. 20 Florida State on Saturday is set for a 3:30 p.m. start in the Carrier Dome, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced Sunday morning. The game will broadcast on ABC/ESPN2. It will be SU’s last home game of the season.The times are usually announced on the Monday more than a week before the games, but ESPN exercised its six-day option for the second time on one of SU’s games this season.Syracuse (4-6, 2-4 Atlantic Coast) is coming off a 35-20 loss to North Carolina State (5-5, 2-4) at home. The No. 20 Seminoles (7-4, 4-3) picked up a win Saturday with a 45-7 beat down of Boston College.In last year’s meeting between Syracuse and Florida State, backup quarterback Sean Maguire roasted the Orange defense for 348 yards and three touchdowns through the air en route to a 45-21 victory in Tallahassee. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Published on November 13, 2016 at 11:11 am Contact Jon: [email protected] | @jmettuslast_img read more

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