COVID-19 sparks interest in backyard farming for Lehigh Valley residents

Written by on May 15, 2020

COVID-19 sparks interest in backyard farming for Lehigh Valley residents

By Tracy Yatsko

May 15, 2020

The Seed Farm in Emmaus is a program of Second Harvest Food Bank with a mission of cultivating a new generation of farmers. WLVR’s Tracy Yatsko reports that the pandemic is attracting people to backyard farming. 

Six thousand orders came in during the first two days of The Seed Farm’s Online plant sale. Program Administrator Lindsey Parks says farmers are seeing a higher demand for starter plants this year — and it’s part of a larger trend in growing your own food. 

“Whether that is more interest in starting farms or in gardening. They’re buying directly from the farms. Farmers markets are wildly popular. I am really reassured by how much this crisis is kind of forcing us to strengthen our local food systems,” said Parks. 

Because of staffing limitations and social distancing guidelines, Parks says The Seed Farm can only fill about 50 orders a day through its curbside pick up service. 

“The most important thing was to get the plants to people so that they could grow their own food this summer and do it in a way that was safe.”

The farm crew expects this interest in gardening will continue even after the pandemic ends. 

Visit their website for more information about their plant sale. Choose from over 200 varieties of vegetables, herbs, and flowers.

Orders will be available for curbside pick-up at these times:

Saturday, May 16 from 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, May 17 from 11 AM – 2 PM
at The Seed Farm, 5854 Vera Cruz Rd, Emmaus PA 18049


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