FOOD: Seed Money

"It is necessary to cultivate our garden." —Voltaire

Or if not actually necessary, at least desirable and economical in an era of violent food-price inflation. So think multitudes of Americans, who are growing vegetables in backyards, vacant lots, apartment-house window boxes and even swimming pools, with a zeal unmatched since the Victory Garden days of World War II. Some examples of the fervor:

In Oak Creek, Wis., the Forest Hill Memorial Park cemetery converted some unused land into 30-foot-square garden plots and then rented 88 of them in less than an hour.

In Oak Lawn, Ill., Joanne Sikora plans to double the...

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