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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.
Spanning 128 contiguous acres, the Home Winds property was acquired in the spring of 2015 in large part through a gift from longtime owner Betsy Michel.
The property, which had previously been owned and used by the St. Bernard’s School for boarding and farming, was sold to Michel's parents, Carl and Betsy Shirley, in 1965. For half a century, the family produced hay, raised chickens, cattle, pigs, goats and donkeys, and kept bees on the property. As a longtime friend and supporter of Gill St. Bernard’s, Michel wanted to “return” the farm to its original owners.
The property features several residential and agricultural buildings, fields and a large stocked pond. Short-term, the property will accommodate the school’s operations department and equipment, as well as allow for the expansion of Gill St. Bernard’s farm-to-table program, honoring the farming history of both Home Winds and the school. In the future, the property will also be used to expand many of the school’s academic programs, including those involving place-based learning. Gill is grateful to the Michel family and looks forward to incorporating Home Winds into the daily life of the school.


Photo Tour

Bee Keeping

President of the New Jersey Beekeepers Association Janet Katz has been keeping bees for more than 25 years. She has been the beekeeper for Home Winds since 2007, several years before the school acquired the property through a partial gift from its longtime owner Betsy Michel.


Student Highlight: Art Projects

Studio Art, Portfolio and AP art classes visited the Home Winds Campus to sketch and photograph architectural scenes of the barns and main house. Students looked at Wolf Kahn's barn series as inspiration for their own original pastel drawings. Students drew the structures from the reference photos and intensified the color and value to emulate Kahn's style. They used professional grade senellier pastels in many layers to achieve the desired effects.
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.