Grass Was Never Greener

In an economy of lows, many profit from others' highs

San Fernando Ed, 35, paced in the balmy California night air and totted up the rewards of being a successful farmer. They included two Porsches, a Datsun, three four-wheel-drive pickup trucks, a redwood home perched on a hilltop in Northern California, a three-bedroom house with an outdoor Jacuzzi near the beach in Los Angeles and a custom-built vacation hideaway in Hawaii. Then he opened up a plastic bag and pinched out a sample of the crop that has made his fortune of nearly $1...

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