The Wyck Home Farm
The Wyck Home Farm was restored in 2007 on a portion of the same land that was cultivated for over 250 years by several generations of the Wistar and Haines families and a number of their tenants. In its current form, covering ¼ acre of Wyck’s 2.5 acre historic site in Germantown, the Home Farm interprets Wyck’s agricultural traditions and enhances the pastoral landscape that visitors to Wyck have long enjoyed. The Home Farm includes:
- 30+ beds of diversified annual vegetable and flower production
- A wide variety of perennial herb & fruit crops
- A flock of laying hens
- A 1914 Lord & Burnham glass greenhouse
- Several beehives throughout the property
True to Wyck’s history and emphasis on environmental sustainability, the Home Farm is managed entirely with chemical-free methods. We combine the use of hand-powered tools and techniques (similar to those that would have been used in a traditional kitchen garden) with more contemporary production methods in order to demonstrate how to easily grow the maximum amount of food in a small, urban space.
The Home Farm plays a key role in educating both children and adults in our local, urban community. Food grown on the farm is sold at our weekly on-site farmers market, providing affordable produce to local residents from late May through November. In addition, the farm offers an experiential, outdoor classroom and safe greenspace for local children and adults to learn about history, farming, and environmental science throughout all four seasons. These programs, centered around the Home Farm, dovetail beautifully with our core mission to preserve the Wyck historic site and maintain the values of innovation, social responsibility, and environmental sustainability.