The Annual Appeal 2012
Now in its fifth year, the Wyck Home Farm interprets Wyck's 300-year-old agricultural traditions while directly addressing the contemporary need in Philadelphia for improved access to affordable, chemical-free produce and vibrant greenspace. Wyck’s Farmers Market brings the site to life every Friday afternoon as neighbors try new fruits and vegetables, stroll the grounds to see where they were grown, picnic in the garden, visit the chickens, and come into the house—often for the first time. “We need this in the community,” said one market-goer.We have been increasing the prominence of the Wyck Rose Garden, a local asset of national significance, by bringing more people to it. New programs during the peak bloom in May are introducing gardeners and non-gardeners alike—from toddlers to senior citizens—to the beauty and joy of 70+ varieties of heritage roses and other historical plants. Our annual Old Rose Symposium convenes professional rosarians and backyard gardeners from California, Texas, and throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
People like you keep Wyck active, year after year. The essential part that our audience plays in our work means a great deal to us.
Please make a gift to sustain Wyck in 2013, at whatever level you can. Remember, right now you will be making twice the impact!
We thank you and look forward to having you at Wyck again soon.
Robert M. Harting Diane Newbury
Co-Chairs, Wyck Board of Directors
There are few things we find more satisfying than introducing someone to Wyck for the first time. "I didn't know this place existed!" and "We love what you're doing in Germantown" are common reactions.
We are so happy to have welcomed you to Wyck this past year—perhaps it was through the farmers market, youth education, a Second Saturday Festival, or a program in the historic Wyck rose garden. We look forward to providing you with more opportunities to discover, in your own ways, how Wyck benefits you and contributes to quality of life in Philadelphia.
This past summer, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal agency, selected Wyck to receive a Museums For America grant to expand our programs that use history to address contemporary needs, including affordable healthy food sources and outdoor youth education. Needless to say, we are thrilled and honored that our small historic site has received this national vote of confidence.
The grant offers Wyck $148,643 over two years; however, we will not receive the funding unless we can match it dollar-for-dollar in this first year.
Please consider making an Annual Appeal gift — which the IMLS grant will double — to support Wyck as an unmatched historical treasure and vital community resource:Wyck’s Youth Education Program provides an invaluable resource for hundreds of Germantown children, many of whom have no other access to the natural and historical worlds. Children from throughout the region come to Wyck to learn experientially about farms and food, environmental science, and Philadelphia history in a safe, intimate, authentic setting.Our new Second Saturday Festivals are becoming special happenings in Germantown, embodying the spirit of inquiry and reflection that is characteristic of Wyck. These festivals are enabling more people to experience connections between history and modern urban life through changing themes that enliven our site, collections, and stories.