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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.
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.

STREAMS Program

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.

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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.