Clearly we are in exceptional times with COVID-19.
In New York City we are:
In a State of Emergency.
In a metropolitan area with sustained community spread of coronavirus.
As a business we need to think differently.
As a priority, we have to ensure our team’s safety as well as the safety of the wider community. The single best way to do that is to enforce social distancing—to stay at least six feet away from each other. The simplest way to do that is for everyone to work from home. Many companies we look up to—including Patagonia and Apple—have told their employees to do exactly that.
However, we are also a company that produces food. We have farms, and farmers, and we can grow food to feed people. No one knows exactly where this situation is heading, but we’re already seeing supermarket shelves emptying in New York. Sooner rather than later, food supply will surely become an issue. So it feels like we have a moral obligation to use the resources we have—skilled farmers and our farm-tech platform—to keep growing food, and to find ways to get that food to as many people as possible.