Five Year Plan

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Five Year Plan for Public Programming
for Wessels Living History Farm

In December 2004, the Board of the Wessels Living History Farm and consultants from The Ganzel Group Communications completed a highly successful Strategic Planning Retreat at the York Country Club. The culmination of that retreat was a detailed Five Year Plan for Public Programming. This is an executive summary of that activity.


In 2005, the Wessels Living History Farm will:

  • Complete process of hiring Director for the farm.
  • Volunteer committee begins work on recruiting volunteers for the events planned for 2005.
  • Office location will be settled on, infrastructure will be purchased.
  • After the Director is hired, the Physical Site Committee (Rick Gruber and Don Freeman) will work with the Director and construction contractor for the site to develop a Five-Year Facilities Site plan. [It is suggested that the Ganzel Group should be involved as well.] Work should proceed on the house, sidewalks (or paths), restrooms and a access road.
  • Promotional efforts will begin for the programs outlined below.
  • Liability insurance arranged.
  • Road, parking, sidewalks and restrooms developed.
  • Parallel development of possible grant sources for the Web site and educational programs.
  • From July to September, offer a Corn Maze to the public. These events will be weekends or more often. A barn dance or music program will be combined with it.
  • In December, offer a Christmas Open House to the public with limited period furnishings, tea and cookies. Decorations are donated. These could be combined with open houses for the other structures.
  • At various times during the year, the staff person should organize Teacher Workshops with area schools to teach them how to use the Web site. These could be in partnership with ESUs 6 and 7 and/or NCSS.

In 2006, the Wessels Living History Farm will:

  • Continue Corn Maze and Christmas Open House, assuming that the first events were successful.
  • Continue Teacher Workshops.
  • Add Pumpkin Patch or Fall Family Event. This may be combined with a barn dance.
  • Write and approve a Development Plan early in the year.
  • Add Fund Raising Event from the list of ideas suggested at the Retreat.
  • Complete planning for additional Educational Programming.
  • Continue development of the Volunteer Program.

In 2007, the Wessels Living History Farm will:

  • Continue Corn Maze.
  • Continue Christmas Open House.
  • Continue Pumpkin Patch (or Fall Event).
  • Continue Teacher Workshops.
  • Continue Fundraising Events.
  • Add Elementary School Field Trips and/or Summer Day Camp(s).
  • Add Tractor Show and Demonstrations.

In 2008, the Wessels Living History Farm will:

  • Continue Corn Maze.
  • Continue Christmas Open House.
  • Continue Pumpkin Patch (or Fall Event).
  • Continue Teacher Workshops.
  • Continue Fundraising Events.
  • Continue Elementary School Field Trips and/or Summer Day Camp(s).
  • Continue Tractor Show and Demonstrations.
  • Add National Ag Day Program in partnership with NAMA.
  • Further develop Ag Demonstrations.
  • Develop the Visitor’s Center, a large modern building possibly in cooperation with other community resources.

In 2009, the Wessels Living History Farm will:

  • Do a formal Programmatic Review and continue those programs that are successful.