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 LibraryFarm is to provide a place for the community to grow, share and learn about food literacy, and organic, sustainable gardening.
At the LibraryFarm, half of the area is dedicated to the Community Garden; the other half is dedicated to the LibraryFarm Plotters – our individual gardeners. All gardeners agree to follow organic growing practices.
Come visit us! We are located at the NOPL @ Cicero Library.
Previous Activities, Classes and Related Programs
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 – LibraryFarm 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
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
Open Education Database: 10 Most Amazing Library Laboratories, 09/26/2012
Good.is: 50 Building Blocks of Citizenship: Check out a Garden Plot With Your Books
CNY Eagle Star-Review: LibraryFarm wraps up first growing season, Caitlin Donnelly, 09/28/2010
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
Public Praxis: The LibraryFarm, By Thomas Gokey, artist & LibraryFarmer, 08/02/2010
Edible Gardening CNY
Onondaga County Resource Recovery Agency