The specter of empty shelves at the
store and restrained household budgets have spurred Ocean Beach Public
Library members in San Diego to flock to an online seed exchange.
began as a community project by library assistant Destiny Rivera in
2019 with 150 active members has recently tripled and has a following
throughout the county. The library has seeds for leafy greens and root
vegetables, by request via Facebook.
Twice a week, Rivera ships dozens of seed packages from a makeshift office surrounded
by jars of seeds donated and purchased in bulk before the pandemic.
With seed companies around the U.S. no longer taking orders, the library
has been busy since April. “We posted we had seeds available which has
had a ripple effect throughout our social media network,” Rivera said.
word has spread, so has the scope of the group. Rivera said members
are taking the initiative by sharing resources and their gardening
expertise with their neighbors.
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