Fearful of a food shortage, residents begin growing their own food

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Some fear the ongoing coronavirus pandemic could create a food shortage and now many are taking matter into their own hands.

WVLA/WGMB’s Kennedi Walker spoke with some Ascension Parish residents who are now growing their own food.

“I love [my garden], it’s therapy,” Calaigh Clark said.  “It’s been helping a lot with my anxiety being able to be out here with the plants and be able to provide for my family with what I’m growing on my own.”

Clark says when the virus made its way to the United States, she started feeling anxious. The long lines and lack of food at the grocery stores became overwhelming, so she bought some seeds and got to work.

“I didn’t want to have to go to the grocery store, I didn’t want to have to be exposed and expose my children to anything that could be picked up at the grocery store, so anything that I could grow I wanted to try to grow myself,” Clark said. 

Clark grows everything from blueberries to cucumbers. She used to go to the store a few times a week, now she only goes twice a month. It’s also become something her kids enjoy. 

“They love it,” Clark said. “Since we’re doing home school it’s kind of like a science, they get out and get to see the whole process of growing from seed and how things grow.”

Graham Kinchen had the same idea.

“We were kind of worried about maybe there will be a problem with getting vegetables and fresh food and stuff like that,” Kinchen said. 

He says starting a garden isn’t a walk in the park, but it has definitely been worth it.

As their fruits and veggies continue to grow, both say they’re grateful for this nutritious option.

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