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Families turn to growing their own food amid supermarket shortages

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 22/03/2020 9News Staff

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."

a man standing next to a suitcase: There were empty shelves and freezer sections at Woolworths Balgowlah in Sydney as people stock up on food and essentials. © Renee Nowytarger There were empty shelves and freezer sections at Woolworths Balgowlah in Sydney as people stock up on food and essentials. a brown chicken standing in a room: Talking Hens has seen sales increase eight-fold in recent weeks, as families look to source their own eggs. © 9News Talking Hens has seen sales increase eight-fold in recent weeks, as families look to source their own eggs.

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.

a man standing in front of a refrigerator: The Little Veggie Patch Company has also seen an increase in sales. © 9News The Little Veggie Patch Company has also seen an increase in sales.

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."

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