Mandy’s Farm Responds to COVID-19 Crisis

Mandy’s Farm has worked extensively to adapt to the changing landscape in New Mexico during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. In compliance with the New Mexico Department of Health’s guidance, Mandy’s Farm has suspended all programming conducted in large group settings.

All residential services, through which we support individuals with disabilities in their homes, have been deemed essential by Governor Michelle Lujan-Grisham, and are operating under extensive procedural changes advised by the Department of Health in order to ensure the health and safety of all residents and direct caregivers. All visitors, including immediate family, are prohibited from visiting residential settings at this time, but have been provided with support in connecting online via FaceTime, Zoom, and other video chat services. Appropriate health care providers and direct care staff are able to continue to provide services within the homes with the implementation of start-of-shift temperature checks, use of masks throughout each shift, and strict hygiene/ disinfection procedures.

All Mandy’s Farm on-site volunteer opportunities have been suspended until further notice. Limited remote volunteer work is occurring on a case-by-case basis.

Adaptive horseback riding and other animal husbandry opportunities at Mandy’s Farm have been suspended until further notice. All animals are being monitored and cared for on a daily basis by designated staff members.

VAMOS programming has successfully shifted to an online platform, with the temporary elimination of all community-based internships. All spring participants are expected to successfully graduate, and planning has already begun to allow for remote programming throughout for the summer cohort.

AgrAbility programming is now occurring remotely within apprentices’ homes, with technical assistance provided online and via phone by our AgrAbility Specialist. Food growing, also deemed essential by the Governor, has become a significant priority in order to ensure that all of the individuals we support have access to locally grown, low or no cost food. We are hopeful that we will produce more than we need, which will allow us to share our produce with other nonprofits and community members.

Employment services have been adapted, suspended, or increased based on the needs of our local employers. We continue to work to ensure that the individuals we support of given equitable access to jobs in the community at minimum wage or higher.

Service recipients, family members, donors, and community members with questions regarding any program changes, or ways to help, should reach out to our Development Director, Jessie Calero, at jessie@mandysfarm.org for more information.