Covid-19 Led Trend Towards Self Sufficiency

As we rang in the new year amid drought and bushfires, who would have thought that a mere three months later we would be in a virtual social and economic lockdown with uncertainty being the new norm. It really is a new and unusual world! The frequently quoted phrase ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ is used often, especially during times of crisis and with that use, it’s often met with cynical eye-rolling. But there are some positives already emerging ‘thanks’ to Covid-19 and I believe they will continue far beyond this crisis. So, what’s the good news?

Well, we country dwellers have long known the benefits – and joys – of home-grown vegetable and happy chickens delivering fresh eggs daily. Home-grown varies from pots of herbs and cherry tomatoes to larger solid above and in-ground plots full of all sorts of vegetables, often enough to allow for distribution to friends or farm-gate and market sales. Fruit trees are increasingly a garden staple and chickens happily roam, not just providing eggs but turning over the soil. Often we don’t fully appreciate the environmental and ecological benefit of our own little efforts. As an Agent, I see vegetable gardens, orchards and chickens in so many of the rural properties I list – and buyers seeking a more self-sufficient and eco-friendlier lifestyle actively seek them out. Their increasing popularity of the home veggie plot and chicken palace is undisputed.

As Covid-19 has taken a hold, we’ve watched our supermarket shelves stripped of basics, prices rise and our freedoms constrained. The byproduct of that is an emerging trend to more self-sufficient living spreading more widely amongst rural households and into the homes of urban residents. Pots of herbs, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach and orange trees are springing up on apartment verandahs.  Breeders of domestic chickens have sold out as more rural, and now city dwellers seek to take more control of their egg supplies. And with so many of us self-isolating, chickens are so much fun to watch as they go about their daily business. They’re a great way to pass the time and bring a smile to our faces. And we can all use a smile right now! Producers of vegetable seeds/seedlings and plot kits are working around the clock to restock as thousands set up home veggie gardens and fruit trees are walking out of nurseries. 

The push to increased self-sufficiency is gathering speed. In times of such uncertainty, it’s a great way to regain a little bit of control. It’s a great way to eat healthy, pesticide-free fruit, vegetables and eggs. It’s a way to connect with and protect our land and enjoy the simpler things in life. It’s a great way to involve the whole family. It’s fun. It’s beneficial. It saves money. And I believe it’s here to stay.

If you are considering a tree change or self sufficient way of life, contact the team at R&R Property, we are experts in this field and have assisted many city dwellers to change their lives for the better by moving to the country.