What is the LibraryFarm?

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 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.


Links & Press

Central New York Community Foundation NewsNorthern Onondaga Public Library Grows a Greener Community with its LibraryFarm Program, 12/11/2015

The New York Times: These Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles, 09/14/2015

Eagle Star Review: Little Green Thumbs, 07/21/2015

ALA.orgState 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 Services 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

Information for Plotters

Current Plots

To see what plots are available, view our latest pdf.

Educational Signs

LibraryFarm Plotters are encouraged to complete a brief educational sign (get the template here), with information about gardening, the plants in their garden, sustainable living, their food growing tips, really anything they’d like to share about their gardening experiences! Stop by during the summer for this ‘self-guided’ tour of our community’s interest and learn a little!

LibraryFarm Events

Upcoming LibraryFarm events are listed on the right side of this page. To find even more LibraryFarm events, visit our events calendar.

Get Involved!

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.

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, so please don’t hesitate to contact us!