Library Farm Growing Drive

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

March 7th, 2015 (3:30p-4:30p) LibraryFarm Orientation – Come learn more about this unique opportunity at NOPL@Cicero Branch!
March 10th, 2015 (12:30p to 1:30p) Meet Your Local CSA- Community  Supported Agriculture
Come learn from the team at Freedom Rains Farm, also long-time members of the Grindstone Farms team, about local agriculture, community supported agriculture and how you can support your local farmers, get fresh, local organic produce, and support Central New York’s economy.This conversation will be focused on answering your questions  about available farm shares, what is Community Supported Agriculture and how it started, how it works in favor of your local economy, and what it can do for you.Learn more at and Registration Requested.
March 18th, 2015 (6:30 to 7:30) Gardening More: Cooperative Extension on Cold Frames, Hoop Houses and Tunnels
Join us to hear from Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Jessica Maxwell, Urban Agriculture Educator, as she explains how to get the most from your garden!
Hoop Houses, Cold Frames and Tunnels help extend your growing season and get you more produce. Learn about these techniques and ask your questions about implementing them at this event. Registration Requested.
March 19th, 2015 (6:00p to 7:30p) Make at the LibraryFarm: Hoop Houses
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!
Using PVC and materials, everyone will create a table top hoop house for use at home or in the LibraryFarm!
Bring your own materials or use ours! Registration Required.

April 11th, 2015 (10:30a to 11:30a) Gardening 101 with Cooperative Extension’s Master Gardener’s
Starting a garden? Looking for pointers? Ready to review?
Look no further! Cornell Cooperative Extension and their Master Gardener’s Group will be speaking in the Cicero Community Room on gardening tips and tricks, and how to get started.  Come learn about starting seeds, seedling scheduling, and more from the experts and community members who help maintain all of Onondaga County’s beautiful gardens!

April 30th, 2015 (6:30p-7:30p) Organic Pest Management with Edible Gardening CNY
John Allen, founder of Edible Gardening CNY, will take us through some basic pest problems in your garden and how you can address them organically. Full of examples and anecdotes, this educational workshop promises to be a rich resource for gardeners of any stage! Registration Requested.


Coming Soon!

Harvesting and Preserving Your Garden’s Produce

LibraryFarm Kick-Off Work Day!

The LibraryFarm Open House 2015- Save the Date, June 13th!



Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs

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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.