RISE IN FOOD PRICES AMIDST COVID-19 PANDEMIC BY:SARAH SARMADI / 05/12/20

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The corona virus pandemic has caused food prices to surge across the province. Many B.C. residents are now dealing with pricier grocery bills as well as unemployment. Food prices have gone up by 6% in B.C., with residents stocking up their pantries due to fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The economical factor it definitely helps out with our finances, and growing our own produce knowing that it’s fresh, healthy and pesticide free, definitely helps.”

-Ron Phillips

Husband and wife Ron and Christine Phillips have decided to take matters into their own hands and build their very own vegetable garden to help cut the cost of groceries for their family. Having only limited amounts of land, the couple have also created an indoor as well as an outdoor garden, in order to maximize the amount of produce they can grow.  Ron Phillips has been laid off of his job since mid-march, and has felt the effects of higher food prices .“ The economical factor it definitely helps out with our finances, and growing our own produce knowing that it’s fresh, healthy and pesticide free, definitely helps.” The couple grows a whole range of different produce including tomatoes, kale, bean sprouts and cucumbers both in their indoor and outdoor garden.

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At home appliances have also helped out the couple tremendously, with their at home bean sprout machine yielding fresh sprouts every couple of days. Christine Phillips has prized it as one of her best investments. “Our bean sprout machine works wonders, it self-waters and grows a gigantic batch of fresh sprouts every 3-4 days.”

“It’s very therapeutic, it sort of takes the day away, you know when you have a stressful day being locked up with your kids it’s kind of nice to get outside and just have some time on your own, I find it very relaxing. I’m kind of enjoying that side of it.”

-Christine Phillips

Gardening hasn’t only helped out financially but has brought about many other therapeutic benefits to the couple’s life. “It’s very therapeutic, it sort of takes the day away, you know when you have a stressful day being locked up with your kids it’s kind of nice to get outside and just have some time on your own, I find it very relaxing. I’m kind of enjoying that side of it.” Even after the pandemic, the couple will continue to grow their own produce not only reaping economic benefits but also therapeutic benefits as well as knowing the food there eating is organic and pesticide free.