The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted us all and is unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. Our own well-being and that of others is of constant concern, and life’s daily routines have been upended.
Here at TACF, our number one priority in the age of COVID-19 is the safety of our staff, volunteers, and our wider communities. We are taking the following steps to ensure that we are all protected:
Our Asheville national office, Regional Science Coordinator (RSC) remote offices, and Meadowview Research Farms are closed.
All staff outside of the farm are currently working from home, with a dedicated staff member coming in one day/week to process mail at the Asheville office.
All in-person events for TACF have been cancelled or postponed.
Farm staff are working on a rotating basis to ensure critical field, greenhouse, and research activities continue and will follow strict distancing and sanitation guidelines. When they are not on the farm, they are working from home.
No new research projects or orchard plantings are being undertaken by TACF national at this time.
Chapter plans are evaluated by the RSCs and all regional field activities will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
RSCs will only be conducting those field activities critical for keeping trees and other associated germplasm alive and will do so on a solitary basis.
In an effort to stay engaged, we developed a live online series called Chestnut Chat offered every other Friday at 11:30AM (EST). Beginning January 2021, the series will move to once a month and be held the third Friday of each month. All Chestnut Chats are recorded and can be found here, as well as information about next live Chat.
We continue to work toward our goal of American chestnut restoration while doing our best to keep TACF staff and volunteers safe. For additional information or other inquiries, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope that in these uncertain times, you and your loved ones remain vigilant. We offer our sincerest wishes for everyone’s safety and health in this unparalleled era. Be Well!