Sierra Garcia, San Francisco

Quilt Square #25

In Sierra Garcia’s neighborhood, a seed lending library is a sign of climate resilience:

“The Potrero Hill neighborhood in San Francisco often rises like an island above the ocean of fog that covers the rest of the city. When I moved to the neighborhood in 2022, my housemate and I learned that the diversity of microclimates within SF had inspired our branch of the SF Public Library to launch a hyper-local free seed lending project. Anyone can take packets of seeds for free, with the expectation that eventually they’ll let a few of the most productive plants go to seed and return those seeds to the library. Over several generations of plants, the local gardeners who collect and return seeds from the hardiest and happiest plants will have bred varieties fine-tuned to the typical moisture and temperature of their own local slice of the city. We were excited to join their ranks.”

Photos: Sierra Garcia, Julianne Dones (pea plant), Martha Craig (tomatoes)