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Families turn to growing their own food amid supermarket shortages

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Empty supermarket shelves and increasing restrictions on people’s movement have seen a growing number of Australian families turn to growing their own food.

Empty supermarket shelves and increasing restrictions on people's movement have seen a growing number of Australian families turn to growing their own food.

Melbourne-based poultry suppler, Talking Hens, is almost sold out of its egg-laying hens after a record week of sales.

"We normally sell 120 hens a week. Last week, we sold just over 1000," the company's owner Jason Nethercott told 9News.

"Empty shelves – that got their minds thinking, we need to be more self-sufficient."

Melbourne resident Rachel White has kept chickens for years and applauds the move towards home-grown produce.

"I think it is a good thing, as long as it's going to be successful for people," she said.

The Little Veggie Patch Company, which specialises in helping people grow their own vegetables at home, has also seen a spike in customers in the past fortnight.

"People are looking for something to do at home, given self-isolation is probably inevitable," owner Matthew Pember told 9News.

He hopes that the current health crisis will make people more aware of what goes into food production and help prevent waste in the future.

"Looking in your fridge at the moment, you're assessing everything you've got – not wasting anything."

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-empty-supermarket-shelves-prompt-australians-grow-own-food-melbourne-news/59dc26d9-e81a-4894-be1b-fb7857d593e7

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