In October, Stern and Brock started leeks, peas, beets, carrots and a few other things from seed. At the W. Atlee Burpee & Co., sales of seeds for vegetables and herbs last year rose 40% compared with 2007, the company said. A spokeswoman cited spikes in food and gas prices, as well as worries about food safety and interest in organic food.
Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times
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