During the pandemic, farmers markets across the country have had questions about how to ensure the health and safety of market vendors and customers by requiring the use of masks at markets. Having a mask policy can help markets mitigate public health risks. However, markets must respect the rights of individuals who are not able to wear a mask due to a disability. Markets can protect themselves from legal risks by assessing their ability…
Many farmers markets have questions about free speech at markets, and in particular, what types of restrictions market rules can place on activities such as leafleting, political campaigning, or protesting. These activities can interfere with the operation of the market. Are farmers markets obligated to allow these types of activities as exercises of free speech under the First Amendment?…
As Tribal nations, communities, and the remaining country respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced resources and program flexibilities supporting continued food access. These opportunities are available for reference here and may be updated as additional information becomes available. Updated as of 3/20/20…
Webinar updates from the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative on impacts of COVID19 to food and nutrition assistance programs, and some of the flexibilities and solutions offered by current COVID19 relief legislation….
The Native Farm Bill Coalition and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative provided an update about current pandemic response legislation from Congress and what that means for food and nutrition provisions implementation in Indian Country in response to COVID-19….
Coronavirus Relief Fund Guidance to help Tribal governments and their legal counsel regarding the use of Coronavirus Relief Funding, a new educational resource with additional information and examples based on guidance and interpretations released by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (“Treasury”)….
This guide was created to as a resource to navigate the challenging circumstances sparked by COVID-19. Assistance from federal and state programs can make a difference for farmers in this crisis. Download the resource for an outline of current relief programs related to COVID-19 and how they apply to farmers….
The Hope Center for College, Community and Justice
Colleges and universities across the United States and around the world are scrambling to keep their students, faculty, and staff healthy, safe, and educated during the COVID-19 pandemic. As experts on the daily crises that derail #RealCollege students and prevent them from completing their degrees our team at the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice offers the following considerations and resources to support your work….
Farryl Bertmann University of Vermont, Emily H. Belarmino University of Vermont, Thomas Wentworth University of Vermont, Erin Biehl Johns Hopkins University, Roni Neff Johns Hopkins University
To understand how food systems and security are impacted during this pandemic, an online survey was launched in Vermont from March 29 – April 12, 2020 (less than a week after the “Stay Home/Stay Safe” order). This brief summarizes survey findings and respondent comments about experiences with two programs during the early weeks of the pandemic: the National School Lunch Program (school meals) and food pantries….