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Home Winds

Home Winds adds unique, innovative value to Gill St. Bernard's School as a sustainable working farm and residence, meeting facility and outdoor education/recreation space.

The History

Since its early history, Gill St. Bernard’s School has maintained a connection to the land and farming. Not only does the school enjoy a beautiful, rural and distinctive campus on the Somerset and Morris County line, its very foundations rest on the farming tradition.
 
Gill St. Bernard’s School is situated on 208 beautiful acres and Home Winds features several agricultural buildings, fields, a large stocked pond and a two-acre garden.
 
The Home Winds property serves as a true outdoor classroom to explore and learn. With the farm and garden as backdrops, teachers challenge students to think about the environment and the important relationship between the school and the larger community. Experiential learning at Home Winds engages students with issues including sustainability, farmland preservation and environmental stewardship.

Teaching and Learning

Biodiversity studies
Botany
Environmental science
Exploration of habitats and systems
Farmland preservation
Hydroponic gardening
Middle School STREAMS program
Painting en plen air
Photography
“Quail in the Classroom” program
Soil analysis
Stream and pond studies
“Trout in the Classroom” program
Upper School Animal Science course
Weather and climate change analysis

Stewardship and Sustainability

Egg production
Farm and garden to table initiatives
 • Apple orchard
 • Produce
 • Herbs
Hive and honey bee apiary
Maple syrup production

Outdoor Features and Facilities

Animal barns
Scout Cabin
Two-acre garden
Two Class-A trout streams
Two greenhouses
Hemm House
Extensive pastures and open space
Stocked pond
Operations Center

Arts, Athletics and Activities

All-school art shows
Artists-in-residence
Cross country course
Fly Fishing Club
Hiking Club
Hi-Hills Day Camp
Unit programs

Management and Operations

Mr. Rabel manages the Home Winds farm, which includes caring for all the animals and livestock, maintaining the farm equipment and managing the overall infrastructure. He also collaborates with faculty on classroom visits and curriculum-based, hands-on learning. Rabel holds a bachelor of science in production animal science from Rutgers University. Prior to joining Gill, he worked as a research assistant for the university’s Department of Animal Science and also served as an Animal Nutrition and Dairy Cattle Practicum teaching assistant. In addition, Steven served as an agricultural and animal care intern with Becker Farms in Mooreland, Indiana where he cared for over 2,000 organically-raised animals under the supervision of a food animal veterinarian.

“I love showing the connection between farm and table and working with the GSB community to demonstrate the importance of agriculture,” Rabel said.

Livestock

Cattle
Chickens
Donkeys
Ducks
Goats
Rabbits
Sheep

New Jersey SEEDS Young Scholars

Gill St. Bernard's welcomed 47 students in the New Jersey SEEDS Young Scholars program in fifth, sixth and seventh grades to its campus in July 2017. The Young Scholars spent the day previewing the school's STREAMS initiative, set to launch in the Middle School that fall.
Gill St. Bernard’s is a private, coeducational day school for students age three through grade 12, located in suburban New Jersey. Each of the three school divisions provides a vigorous, meaningful and age-appropriate curriculum, and all students benefit from the environmental learning opportunities that exist on our 208-acre campus.