BATAVIA — Genesee County’s agricultural community will be able to get free hand sanitizer on Tuesday.
Genesee County production farms of any type are encouraged to participate, along with farm stands, CSA’s, greenhouses and U-pick operations. The goal is to support safe and healthy workplace practices to keep the agriculture workforce strong.
The distribution will take place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is being conducted by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County in partnership with New York State Agriculture and Markets, CY Farms LLC and Genesee County Farm Bureau.
Registrations are requested by 4 p.m. Monday.
Liquid hand sanitizer is available by the case. It includes 4 gallons to a case with a pump.
This sanitizer is described as a liquid, not a gel. For ease of use, businesses may decide to purchase small spray bottles for daily use and refill them from the gallon jug.
CCE officials also advise the sanitizer is a 75-percent, alcohol-based liquid-gel and is highly flammable. Users are warned to keep it away from heat, hot surfaces, sparks, open flames and other ignition sources.
No smoking is advised around sanitizer supplies. It is not drinkable.
Farms interested in picking-up hand sanitizer are advised to complete the online registration at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/CCEGenesee-NYS-Hand-Sanatizer_218.
Include farm contact information, requested quantity and time slot for pickup, in order to limit wait times and traffic. Quantities may be adjusted before pickup to ensure adequate supplies are available to as many farms as possible.
Those collecting the sanitizer are advised to stay in their vehicles and wait for a staff member to direct then to the pickup area. Whoever is picking up the sanitizer will need to wear his or her own face covering and load the cases of sanitizer into their vehicle.
If you are getting more than one case, consider bringing a handcart. Maintain social distancing when picking up. Staff will need to collect some information from recipients before they can pick up the sanitizer.
Supplies are limited.
The suggested guidelines for each farm are:
n one case for one to six employees;
n two cases for seven to 15 employees; and
n three to four cases for operations with more than 15 employees.
Distribution will take place at the CY storage facility on 4592 Barrville Rd. in Elba. The program is available only for farm owners to distribute to themselves and their employees.
Contact Jan Beglinger at (585) 343-3040, ext. 132. Leave a message because staff are working remotely and will not be in the office.