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
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 wwwfreedomrainsfarm.com and www.csacny.org. 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.
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
February 19th, 2015 (6:30p to 7:30p) Make at the LibraryFarm: Growing Trellis
January 28th, 2015 (6:30 to 7:30pm) Aquaponics 101, presented by Assistant Professor Laurie Trotta of SUNY Morrisville.
January 17, 2015 (10:00 am to 11:30 am) Make at the LibraryFarm: Hypertufa!
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.