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COVID-19: Update from Mary Jo Murphy

This letter was sent to the Snow Farm community on April 14, 2020. Please watch the COVID-19 Update page our website for further information during these quickly-changing times.

Many years ago, while living in sunny California, I spent an April weekend putting away my wool sweaters, corduroy pants, and suede shoes and then unpacking my cotton sweaters, khaki pants and light colored tops - my spring wardrobe! On Monday morning, I shared my weekend activities with a native Californian colleague, and she looked puzzled while listening. Then she said, “You are definitely from the East Coast – out here we wear the same clothes all year long.” Clearly, I missed the changing of seasons, which is one of my reasons I eventually moved back.

Daffodils, tulips, crocuses, and irises are such a welcome sign that spring is here. Traditionally, we hold a spring clean up day on the Snow Farm campus in April, and we celebrate the opening of our residential season in May. This year it will be different. For the safety of all, we have made the decision to reschedule or cancel all of our May workshops. If you are already registered for one of those classes, we will be in touch with you individually to make other arrangements. If you want something to look forward to, you will see some new offerings on the fall schedule. The flowers are still going to blossom on campus in May, and we will share them with you on our social media feeds.

As we look beyond May, we will continue making decisions about our workshop schedule based first on local, state, and federal guidelines and in consultation with our Board of Directors. The Snow Farm staff is evaluating all the ways we might can meet our mission and adapt our programs to make them as safe as possible in the "new normal." We expect to decide about June classes in early May, and we thank you for navigating this new terrain with us.

I'd also like to invite our local neighbors to join us for a highly-distanced spring clean up during April. We know that many of you are looking for more ways to be active and outside, and hey, we have 50 acres that need raking, clipping, weeding and more! Win-win! The idea is that over the next few weeks, we can have one person (or family) at a time come to Snow Farm with their own tools and help with some yardwork. One of our property managers, Mike or Micah, will greet you (from 6' away), direct you to a work area, and off you go. More details and sign up here.

Please watch the COVID-19 Updates page our website for more information during these quickly-changing times. To all in the Snow Farm community, I wish you good health, and always, creativity. We hope to see you soon.

Mary Jo Murphy
Executive Director