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.
Activities, Classes and Related Programs
January 17, 2015 (10:00 am to 11:30 am) Make at the LibraryFarm: Hypertufa!
Join us at Cicero Public Library as we create faux-stone (hypertufa) to pack around or in to molds for our garden pots, decorations, or just-for-fun pieces!
Hypertufa is a cement-based mixture that turns out much lighter than cement, making it perfect for DIY home projects. Bring your own molds or use what the LibraryFarm scrounges up, and create with us! Please bring enough plastic to take home your creation to cure, and your own gloves. Registration Required.
January 28th, 2014 (6:30 to 7:30pm) 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).
February 19th, 2015 (6:30p to 7:30p) Make at the LibraryFarm: Growing Trellis
Join us to create a pea trellis that works for you! With chicken wire, weights, twine, wood, hammer and nails, we will design and build our own growing trellis perfect for a small plot or home garden!
Hoop houses are tools that collect heat to optimize growing conditions. Use it to harden off seedlings, protect sensitive plants, or extend your growing season!
Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs
November 12th, 2014 Introduction to Master Composting, presented by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Onondaga County
November 5th, 2014 Aquaponics 101 presented by Assistant Professor Laurie Trotta of SUNY Morrisville
September 6th, 2014 Beekeeping 101, presented by Ken Boyce of Mid-York Beekeepers Association.
August 16th, 2014 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)
Links and Press
ALA.org: State of America’s Libraries 2014 Report: Libraries and Community Engagement, 04/2014
LibraryTrustees.org: Library Lends Garden Plots, 4/1/2014
TakePart.com: 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 Monitor: Libraries reinvent themselves as labs of creativity, Cat Johnson, 10/10/2012
Good.is: 50 Building Blocks of Citizenship: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books
The Post-Standard: Free 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 here to get involved with the LibraryFarm Plotters. To see what plots are available, view our latest pdf.