A rising variety of folks in New Brunswick are planting vegetable gardens amid the pandemic and the pattern has planted the seed for a brand new woodworking enterprise in Moncton.
Scott Johnson, proprietor of Fifth and Tenth Furnishings in Moncton, mentioned he would be the first to confess that he’s by no means actually been a helpful man.
“A yr and a half in the past I’d say I didn’t personal a single software,” mentioned Johnson, which is why his family and friends are nonetheless shocked by the enterprise he’s managed to develop this previous yr.
After seeing extra folks taking on vegetable gardening at the beginning of the pandemic, he determined to select up some wooden and check out making just a few backyard packing containers for himself.
“I constructed some for myself after which I used to be like, wow, there’s a enormous demand for this,” he mentioned.
Johnson mentioned he determined to purchase just a little additional wooden to attempt promoting just a few backyard packing containers on the facet. He mentioned he had a full-time job for the federal authorities so this was alleged to be only for enjoyable, however his enterprise unexpectedly began rising like a weed.
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“I took a one-year go away of absence to do that and it has been going so properly,” he mentioned.
He’s even managed to develop his enterprise into making furnishings and has employed a full-time worker, mentioned Johnson, who’s even busier this yr than he was final.
“At first (gardening) was sort of like a necessity; possibly they thought there was going to be a scarcity of meals provide. Now I feel it’s extra of a passion,” mentioned Johnson.
There has additionally seen an enormous spike in vegetable seed gross sales at MacArthur’s Nurseries in Moncton.
“Our seed gross sales have been most likely near double what they have been the yr earlier than and this yr they’re most likely going to triple,” mentioned supervisor Tony Deluca.
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Johnson hopes the pattern will proceed even after the vaccine rollout is full.
“I assume you’ve obtained to seek out the silver lining in all the pieces and clearly COVID has been horrible for everybody however there are some companies like myself which can be thriving,” he mentioned.
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