Library Farm

Posts about the Cicero community garden.


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Feb 182015

The LibraryFarm is an organic community garden on one-half acre of land owned by the Northern Onondaga Public Library in Cicero, NY.  Anyone can “check out” a plot! The purpose of the Library Farm is to provide a place for the community to grow, share and learn about food literacy, and organic, sustainable gardening.

At the Library Farm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the Library Farm Plotters – our individual gardeners. All gardeners agree to follow organic growing practices.

Come visit us! We are located at the NOPL @ Cicero Library.

The LibraryFarm: An Extension of Creative Services from NOPL!


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Read the full article here from Syracuse (WSYR-TV).

If you want to know more about using FamilySearch to investigate your family’s history NOPL at Cicero is having a workshop September 10th, 2014. Click the button below to reserve yourself a seat.

Find Your Ancestors using FamilySearch

Wednesday September 10, 2014
6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
NOPL at Cicero, Community Rm
Have you heard about FamilySearch? It is the largest genealogy organization in the world and maintains a collection of records, resources, and services designed to help people learn more about their family history. Join genealogy expert Carl Smith as he demonstrates how people can use the newest features of FamilySearch to find their ancestors. Don’t miss it!

Junior Garden’s Program

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 6, 2014
Jun 062014

Junior Gardener's Club

The Junior Gardener’s Program

If your children enjoy spending time outside, learning about the environment, or growing plants, they will enjoy the Junior Gardening Program at the LibraryFarm located outside the Northern Onondaga Public Library (NOPL) at Cicero.

Each fun-filled session is based around a science topic; classes are planned outdoors in the sun but on rainy days can be inside the library.

Some class examples are:

  • Learning to start seedlings and seed saving
  • Learning about habitats for beneficial insect pollinators
  • Soil testing and analysis
  • Building solar ovens and making s’mores

Kids will enjoy time in the Junior Gardener’s very own “5 Senses Garden”.  This garden is designed specifically for children. During the summer the Junior Gardener’s will use this space to plant seeds, care for plants, learn about soil, and pick what they grow.

The Program

The LibraryFarm schedules one to two Junior Gardener’s classes each week. Children can be registered for the full program or sign-up individually for each class. The Junior Gardener’s Program runs June through September and is recommended for ages 8-12.


Learn More

If you’re interested and want to learn more about the Junior Gardener’s Program at the LibraryFarm Orientations are being held within NOPL at Cicero’s Community Room.

Upcoming Orientations:

Saturday, Feb. 14, 10 am-12 pm

Monday, Feb. 23, 6:30pm to 7:30 pm

Saturday, March  7,  3-4pm



Questions can be directed to Miss Nicole (Children’s Librarian), Jill Youngs (Branch Manager), or Miss Adrienne (new science educator on the LibraryFarm) from the Cicero Library Staff.

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Library Farm Open House

 Posted by Amanda Roberts on June 4, 2013
Jun 042013

Library Farm Open HouseIt’s a perfect time to visit the LibraryFarm and see how we are growing and changing. The LibraryFarm will host informational programming, with plenty of hands-on fun for everyone. We will also have volunteers available for group or individual tours of the LibraryFarm.

Schedule of Events in our Community Room:
11:00 am “Sustainability: What’s the Big Deal?” Presented by GreeningUSA
12:00 pm “Attracting Butterflies to Your Yard” Presented by Janet Allen, Habitat Gardening of CNY
2:00 pm “ All about Organic Farms and Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)” Presented by Freedom Rains Farm

Informational stations, occurring throughout the day, will be located under the front portico:

  • Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener’s “Ask a Gardener!” Station with soil testing available
  • GreeningUSA
  • Friends of the Cicero Public Library
  • [Located in garden] Growing strawberries/lettuces in a barrel with Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardeners
  • An interactive presentation of the LibraryFarm’s Master Plan

Hands-on Stations are found outside on the library’s picnic tables and consist of:

  • Make a container scarecrow
  • Plant and Take a sunflower and pumpkin
  • Make a seed bomb
  • Make a wasp decoy
  • Help stuff the garden scarecrows

And so much more!

Light refreshments will be served throughout the day in our community room.
Some events happening outside will be moved indoors in the event of rain.