Urban Agriculture Booms Amid Drought

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As water is more limited than ever and food prices increase, many have gone to their backyards to plant vegetables in their gardens.

Many edible plants are flying off the shelves at Pietro Talini's Nursery on Folsom Boulevard in Sacramento.

"(We are selling lots of) tomatoes, hot spicy peppers, your Ghost, your Scorpion Trinidad, any of those that people can't consume but they want to, and squash," said Meg Gray, assistant manager at Talini's Nursery.

"We're growing tomatoes and cucumbers and we just got a blueberry plant because (my daughter) loves blue berries," said Morgan Perry, a home gardener and customer at Talini's.

Perry said she likes knowing where her family's food is coming from and what's going into it. But she also claims it really does taste better.

"We just started growing celery, and I didn't know celery tasted so good! It sounds stupid. It's so much better when I grow it myself," Perry told FOX40.

That taste has increased business at Talini's.

"With people being more and more conscious about everything they hear about gmos and misconceptions of how food is being grown, they want to have their own hands on it," Gray said.

Another thing that's also driving business in nurseries are many who want to save water by changing their landscaping in California's record drought.

"Cactus and succulents are selling really really well," Gray told FOX40.

Perry is also trying to save water by planting native species in her garden, which she said are also easier to take care of.

"The first year you have to do a little bit more but after that, it just settles in and does nothing. Less maintenance the better," Perry said.

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