All NOPL locations will be closing at 5pm on Wed. November 26th and will remain closed for Thanksgiving Day on Thurs. November 27th


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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Activities, Classes and Related Programs

More 2014 Events Coming Soon!

November 5th, 2014 (7:00 to 7:45pm) Aquaponics 101, presented by Assistant Professor Laurie Trotta of SUNY Morrisville.
Did you know you can grow your own fish and salad in the same space?Aquaponics is a combination of hydroponics (growing plants without soil) and aquaculture (fish-farming) to produce efficient, multi-benefit food production systems. Come learn from Laurie Trotta, Assistant Professor of Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences at SUNY Morrisville, home to a 4,000 gallon aquaponics system that produces 22,000 heads of lettuces and 1,700 pounds of tilapia every year. Click here to register. (Registration Requested).


November 12th, 2014 (6:00 pm to 7:00 pm) Introduction to Master Composting, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County.  Whether you’re an old pro or just curious about starting out, this is a class for you.   Get the dirt on composting’s basics and benefits, and how to bring this simple recycling practice to your home and garden.  Also, please come and learn more about Master Compost classes that will be available soon. Click here to read more and register. (Registration Requested, space may become limited).



Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs


September 6th, 2014 (10:00 to 11:00am) Beekeeping 101, presented by Ken Boyce of Mid-York Beekeepers Association.
August 16th, 2014 (10:00am to 11:00am)- Harvest of Hops: Hops and Brewing 101, presented by Curt Harrington of Salt City Brewing Company.
August 5th, 2014 Herbal Academy Part 2 presented by Deb Thorna
July 19th, 2014  National Raspberry Cake Day Recipe Exchange
July 8th, 2014 Herbal Academy Part 1, presented by Deb Thorna
June 21, 2014 LibraryFarm Open House
June 14, 2014  Don’t Let Pests Spoil Your Gardening Fun, Presented by John Allen.
May 24, 2014  Planning and Planting a Garden in June, Presented by John Allen.
May 21, 2014  Community Garden Basics, presented by Syracuse Grows.
May 13, 2014 Creating a Bird Friendly Yard, Presented by Janet Allen.
April 5, 2014  Habitat Gardening for Life: Presented by Janet Allen.


August 13,2013 – Fall Planting for Spring Harvest: Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
July 31,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
July 23,2013 – Save the Rain: Rain Barrel Info Session
July 9,2013 – Gardening with Less Water: Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
June 17,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
June 15,2013 – Introduction to Seed Saving: Presented by Jenny Stratton
June 4,2013 – What’s Bugging Your Garden? Presented by John Allen
May 28,2013 – Library Farm Plotters Meeting
May 22,2013 – Habitat Gardening for Life: Presented by Janet Allen
May 11,2013 – Family Fun Day
April 20,2013 – Garden Party
March 16,2013 – Whole Food Nutrition Class
February,2013 – Herb Academy “Herbal Cleaning”
January 23,2013 – The Herb Academy “Skin Care”
January 19,2013 –   Library Farm Meeting


November 17, 2012 – Library Farm “Bedtime” meeting
September 22, 2012 – Food Canning and Preservation
August 12: Herb Academy – Rosemary & Thyme
August 6, 2012: Herb Academy – Sage & Lavender
July 30, 2012: Herb Academy – Dill & Mint
July 23, 2012: Herb Academy –  Parsley & Basil
May 19th, 2012 – Library Farm Kickoff
May 12, 2012 – Build Your Own Mesclun Year Round (Jennifer Cleary)
April 30, 2012 –  May 2: Master Composting class with OCRRA’s Greg Gelewski
April 21, 2012 – Planting Seeds and Transplants in the Garden
March 17, 2012 – Timing: When to Plant What (John Allen)
February 18, 2012 – Food Isn’t Ugly: Fitting Edible Plants into Your Existing Lawn, Landscape & Garden (Terry Ettinger)

December 10, 2011 – The Slow Food movement (Chef Abigail Henson)
August 31, 2011 – Garden Fresh Cooking
September 10, 10:30am – Edible Gardening CNY
August 20, 2011 – What do I do with all this squash?
May 21, 2011 –  Library Farm Kickoff event
May 14, 2011 – Pests and other problems.
May 2-4, 2011 – Master Composting Class, with OCRRA’s Greg Gelewski
April 9, 2011 – Watering, fertilizing.
March 19, 2011 –  Compost, Compost, Compost
February 19, 2011 – Starting seeds indoors.
January 8, 2011 – Succession planting, ordering seeds (link)

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Links and Press State of America’s Libraries 2014 Report: Libraries and Community Engagement, 04/2014 Library Lends Garden Plots, 4/1/2014 There’s No Shushing at This Library- and You’ll Want to Bring a Trowel, 03/19/2014
New York Times: Breaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond, 03/07/2014
Public Libraries Online: Unconference on Spaces and Places, 3/25/2013
Association for Library Service to Children: Food Literacy – Connecting Good Eats and Good Reads, 8/30/2012
Time Magazine: How Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves for the Future, 06/22/2012
Christian Science MonitorLibraries reinvent themselves as labs of creativity, Cat Johnson, 10/10/2012
Good.is50 Building Blocks of Citizenship: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books
The Post-StandardFree plots at Cicero’s organic LibraryFarm, Clay’s community garden, 04/24/2012
Information Space: Library Farm By Shander Bawden, iSchool student, School of Information Studies at Syracuse University, 09/30/2010
Edible Gardening CNY
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency



Library Farm Map

The patio platform was created by Eagle Scout Jon DeWolf. The NOPL Kids raised farm beds are used for children’s programming at the library. Overlay image by Google.

Planning and Projects

Check out our Master Plan for the LibraryFarm, created by Matt Potteiger and Pete D’Agostino of SUNY ESF.  We are always welcoming feedback and suggestions on how to best use our LibraryFarm Space, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

The results of the Master Plan 2014 Survey have been compiled, and are available for download soon.

We will keep you posted on future developments here, stay tuned!

Sign-Up Sheet

Sign up here to get involved with the LibraryFarm Plotters. To see what plots are available, view our latest pdf.

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