Coronavirus impact: Some local plant nurseries see increase in sales

Some Northern California plant nurseries are noticing a big increase in sales during the coronavirus pandemic. Action News Now visited two nurseries one in Chico and the other in Durham to find out why.

Posted: Apr 30, 2020 2:42 PM

DURHAM, Calif. - Some Northern California plant nurseries are noticing a big increase in sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Action News Now visited two nurseries one in Chico and the other in Durham to find out why.

A nursery in Durham called "Hodge's Nursery & Gifts" located on the Midway is still open during the stay-at-home order.

"I haven't heard anything but good remarks about us being open," Hodge said.

Ken Hodge, the owner, says his business is essential since he has to take care of so much agriculture.

His nursery has a variety of plants whether it's flowers, fruit, or vegetables.

"We've been very busy," Hodge said.

The nursery has seen an uptick of sales during the stay-at-home order.

"I think we're a little busier now because people want to go out and do something," Hodge said.

Hodge has made several safety measures so customers feel safe at his outdoor business.

He's put up signs encouraging customers to practice social distancing at the 5-acre nursery.

There's also a glass partition to separate the customer and cashier when it's time to check out.

Hodge feels like people are wanting to grow a new hobby of gardening while they're staying and home and that's why he feels like the business is booming.

Action News Now also visited "The Little Red Hen Nursery" located in the city of Chico.

The business closed its doors, but service continues during the coronavirus pandemic.

"We still have our full inventory available. We're doing phone orders for curbside pickup at the moment," said Lars Freeman-Wood, an employee at the "The Little Red Hen Nursery."

Both these nurseries are adapting to the virus, but Hodge hopes things can get back to normal relatively soon.

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