For Immediate Release: May 1, 2020
(CAMP HILL) — Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is thankful for the bipartisan support for House Bill 2429, which would allow garden centers to reopen if owners can abide by appropriate Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) standards.
Given the critical window of time these garden centers are facing—as the height of spring planting is here—Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to immediately allow garden centers to reopen statewide.
“Spring is make or break time for our family-owned garden centers. Vegetable plants being grown in greenhouses are ready to be planted by backyard gardeners and families looking to control a portion of their food supply,” said Pennsylvania Farm Bureau President Rick Ebert. “Garden center owners cannot afford any further delay in reopening.”
While Gov. Wolf has set a target date of May 8 to partially reopen 24 Pennsylvania counties, garden centers and the customers who use them, are spread throughout Pennsylvania. From community gardens, to people who grow vegetables to supplement their food budget, consumers around the state rely on garden centers for plants and other necessities.
“Garden centers are life-sustaining businesses. These businesses can reopen following the same social distancing guidelines that other retail establishments are following. The bipartisan passage of House Bill 2429 demonstrates strong support for allowing garden centers to open. We hope that Gov. Wolf will quickly address this situation and allow these businesses to serve the public,” concluded Ebert.
Pennsylvania Farm Bureau is the state’s largest farm organization,
representing farms of every size and commodity across Pennsylvania.