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

 

 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!

Please bring your own materials if you think you’ve got some! Registration Required.
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! Registration Required.

 

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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 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

Photos

 

Library Farm Map

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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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