What is the Library Farm?

The Library Farm is an organic community garden located on the grounds of the Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero. The mission of the Library Farm is to provide a place for our 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.

How do I get involved?

Everyone is welcome at the Library Farm! Whether you’d like to attend our garden-related events, maintain your own plot, or help out with the community garden please let us know.

If you’re interested in “checking out” a plot for the season, please first read the Library Farm Rules and Responsibilities (PDF), within you’ll find an enrollment form. Forms are also available via curbside service if needed; please call ahead. Drop off your form at NOPL’s Cicero Branch to sign up!

Library Farm Links

INFOSPACE: LibraryFarm of Cicero, New York, 3/8/2019

americanlibrariesmagazine.orgLibrary to Farm to Table: Public libraries increasingly offer food production programs, Nov/Dec 2016 Issue

New York Library AssociationSustainability Spotlight: Check Out Sustainable Garden Practices at the LibraryFarm in Cicero, 9/27/2016

Smithsonian MagazineThe Future of Libraries, 7/27/2016

ProQuestLibraries and Summer Fun, 7/6/2016

Mental_Floss8 Librarians Who Lend Out More Than Books, 3/21/2016

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

The New York TimesThese Public Libraries Are for Snowshoes and Ukuleles, 09/14/2015

Eagle Star ReviewLittle Green Thumbs, 07/21/2015

ALA.orgState of America’s Libraries 2014 Report: Libraries and Community Engagement, 04/2014

LibraryTrustees.orgLibrary Lends Garden Plots, 4/1/2014

TakePart.comThere’s No Shushing at This Library- and You’ll Want to Bring a Trowel,03/19/2014

New York TimesBreaking Out of the Library Mold, in Boston and Beyond, 03/07/2014

Public Libraries OnlineUnconference on Spaces and Places, 3/25/2013

Association for Library Services to ChildrenFood Literacy – Connecting Good Eats and Good Reads, 8/30/2012

Time MagazineHow Libraries Are Reinventing Themselves for the Future, 06/22/2012

Christian Science MonitorLibraries reinvent themselves as labs of creativity, 10/10/2012

Good.is: 50 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 SpaceLibrary Farm, 09/30/2010


Of course! All skill levels are welcome at the Library Farm. We have gardeners of a variety of skill levels.

Yes, if there are extra plots available plotters can request an additional plot.

Certainly! We appreciate any and all donations, please contact the Library Farm Manager at 315-699-2032 for more information.