Everywhere you look, COVID-19 is the topic on everyone’s mind. The coronavirus is in the news, on the radio, in grocery store lines, in your email inbox and your social media feeds. With its ease of spread and the effect the pandemic is having on the economy as well as the society, it’s no surprise that everyone is trying to get as much information out as they can, and people are looking for as much information as they can get.
When it was announced that agriculture is among the essential industries last week, it was huge relief for us and farmers all over the Klamath Basin. While that allows us to keep our potato processing plant in Malin running and us to continue with spring farming for the time being, that doesn’t mean we aren’t taking any precautions.
Our Partnership Team sent out the following email earlier this week:
Dear Gold Dust Customer or Vendor,
As a critical business, we are honored and grateful to continue to provide potatoes, hay or grain and will do our best to keep our team and yours safe from COVID-19. We have assessed the risk of this pandemic and implemented several procedures to limit it’s impact on our business. A few are listed below.
- No visitors will be allowed at the packing shed or on the farm.
- Drivers will no longer be allowed into the building but will do their paperwork at the front window of the packing shed.
- A handwashing station has been placed at the entrance to the packing shed for teammates to use prior to entering.
- Cleaning practices within the buildings on our farm have been increased.
- Clear communication that we should stay calm and carry on (cautiously).
Thank you for your partnership with our team.
Please stay healthy!
Hopefully the COVID-19 pandemic will get under control sooner than later, but for the time being we’ll be doing our best to keep our employees safe – as well the folks we do business with. As more precautions are recommended we will implement them.
We appreciate everyone working with us through these unusual times, and hope everyone is safe and healthy. Thank you.
One last note – many of our local, small businesses are getting hurt by the shelter at home orders. If you can support your favorite local eateries and stores that may be open – please do. These businesses are an important part of community not just because of the services they provide, but also the support they show for our children, service clubs and more. They help give our small towns the unique personalities that make the Klamath Basin unique and great place to live.