🤔 Are farmers markets essential businesses?
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🤔 Are farmers markets essential businesses?

The great outdoors will still be there when all this is over.

What Seattle is talking about

Walking, hiking, riding your bike are all activities technically allowed under Gov. Jay Inslee’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy order.

Of course, just because you can do something, doesn’t mean you should. Social media posts from last weekend made it clear that the social-distancing struggle was real at some of our region’s most popular trails and parks.

In response, officials moved this week to significantly reduce access to our public lands. In Seattle, that means parking lots at eight of the city’s “destination parks” are now closed.

Further afield, the National Park Service has cut off road access to Rainier and Olympic national parks, state parks are closed, and all land managed by the state Department of National Resources or Department of Fish & Wildlife is now closed to public recreation.

Getting out in nature is part of our DNA here in the Pacific Northwest. So this is tough. But in times like these, it’s better to look for the small adventures in your own neighborhood or backyard.

In the words of the Washington Trails Association, “if you have to drive to the trailhead, it’s probably too far.”

In other news…

Seattle’s farmers markets are shut down through at least April 13 as part of the city’s temporary ban on large permitted gatherings. But the Neighborhood Farmers Markets group is pushing back and creating a petition that urges the city to consider the markets essential, along with grocery stores. (Eater)

A local ventilator manufacturer is getting a big boost from General Motors. Ventec Life Systems in Bothell is one of only a few companies making ventilators around the country, and support from GM means it will be able to ramp up production. (KUOW)

While other school districts scramble to provide digital instruction or equip their students with internet access, Seattle Public Schools appears to be sitting idly by. Frustrated by the district’s inaction, some local teachers have taken it on themselves to connect with students online — despite concerns about equity and access. (The Seattle Times)

The Gates Foundation is giving $3.7 million toward local COVID-19 relief. The money will be distributed via grants to six regional response funds as well as Public Health — Seattle & King County. (GeekWire)

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📌 Community bulletin board

❤️ Our health care providers are facing tons of challenges these days, including shut-down daycare centers. Evergrey member Tara C. wrote in to let us know that she’s working with UW Medicine to help identify individuals in the community who can assist. If you’re able and willing to provide full-time, long-term care, Tara encourages you to email her at [email protected]

🍽️ More local restaurants are using their kitchens to feed those in need, for free. This Seattle Times story and video takes you inside these restaurants and includes information on how you can get involved.

☕ Starbucks is giving away free drip coffee to “front line responders” in the COVID-19 pandemic. We’re not exactly sure what that term means, but it sounds like doctors, nurses, EMTs, firefighters, and police officers definitely qualify. More details here. —Thanks to Jess L. for the tip!

👯 Got kiddos who just need to move? Member Terrel D. started a website with his daughter all about movement stories and songs. Check it out here. 

💻 Another online resource for parents: Code.org. The Seattle-based organization has launched a weekly interactive classroom session featuring founder Hadi Partovi. All ages are welcome.

📅 Finally, an event reminder: Local nonprofit Ventures hosts its virtual pitch night tonight at 6 p.m. Tune in and support your local entrepreneurs.

Know of something else we should include here? Send an email to [email protected] with the subject line “bulletin board” and we’ll add it to a future newsletter.

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One more thing...

Wondering what it’s like to participate in the voluntary COVID-19 testing program we told you about earlier this week? A local resident who sent in a sample to the greater Seattle Coronavirus Assessment Network has shared their experience on Reddit.

Take care of yourself, Seattle. We’ll see you tomorrow.

— The Evergrey

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