New Brook Farm

A sustainable agricultural, educational, and environmental initiative at historic Brook Farm

Birding at Brook Farm – Saturday, May 5, 9AM to 11AM

Bring your camera and binoculars and join us for bird watching at Brook Farm. Our walk will be led by expert birder Debra Listernick.

Debra has volunteered to lead public programs and bird watching trips, banded migratory birds, and participated in bird counts, primarily for Massachusetts Audubon Society’s (MAS) Joppa Flats sanctuary in Newburyport. Her birding places range from the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge on Plum Island to the La Milpa Field Station in Belize, where she conducted bird banding training sessions for researchers and naturalists, and to Cuba, where she participated in a Cuban Bird Survey. This January, Listernick co-led a MAS trip along the Rio Grande Valley from El Paso to Albuquerque.

The outing will take place on Saturday, May 5, from 9a.m. to 11a.m. at the Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, 1/3 of a mile west of VFW Parkway.

Photo by David Forsyth, 2015

Support New Brook Farm at West on Centre – Monday, April 16, 11AM-11PM

Here’s a great two-for-one opportunity: Enjoy a delicious meal at West on Centre and support New Brook Farm (NBF).

On April 16, Patriots’ Day, West on Centre will donate 10% of sales to NBF from all guests who present a Neighborhood Nights promotional coupon [pdf]. The promotion is good for dine-in, take-out, and tabs at the bar, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

If you are unable to print a coupon on your own, email us at with your name and mailing address, and we’ll mail a paper copy to you. Be sure to contact us by 4/11 in order for the coupon to arrive to you on time.

West on Centre is located at 1732 Centre Street, West Roxbury.

Album: Focus on Brook Farm III: Photography & Artists’ Outing

During the Fall of 2017, New Brook Farm invited the community to submit photos, artistic representations, prose, poetry, and musical works inspired by this historic place.

View some of the highlights.

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Focus on Brook Farm III: Photography & Artists’ Outing – Sunday, October 1 @ 2PM

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, Massachusetts, 02132

Join New Brook Farm for the kickoff of the third annual FOCUS ON BROOK FARM arts event.

  • Explore the historic site of America’s most famous experiment in utopian communal life
  • Meet some of the “Brook Farmers” who will lead tours and tell you about life in the community and the years following
  • Learn about our season-long invitation to photographers, artists, poets, crafters, and all creative people to capture the beauty and meaning of the Brook Farm site, culminating in public exhibitions and receptions in the spring.
  • Bring your camera, sketch pad, and journal!
  • Free; donations gratefully received. Refreshments will be served.

Let us know if you can make it.

Photo courtesy of JP Tuttle.

The Women of Brook Farm – Saturday, November 18 @ 2PM

Saturday, November 18, 2017, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, 30 South Street, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts 02130

Come meet eight remarkable women who were members of or frequent visitors to the Brook Farm Institute of Agriculture and Education in West Roxbury from 1841 to 1847. New Brook Farm and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail have created this reenactment to raise awareness of the important roles women played in the Brook Farm experiment.

Let us know if you can make it.

Focus on Brook Farm II Photo Exhibition

February 15-March 11, 2017

Brookline Bank, 1808 Centre St. (Roche Bros. Plaza), West Roxbury


Last October, New Brook Farm welcomed photographers to the Brook Farm Historic Site and invited them to send us their best photos. We chose twelve of our favorites for our second annual Focus on Brook Farm exhibition. Please stop by the Brookline Bank and see them. You’ll be impressed! View the photo gallery here.

Congratulations to the participating photographers: Sally Barkan, Alison Bell, Daria Casinelli, Christoph Gervais, Will Holton, Eileen McEnaney, Julia Tuttle, and Nancy Young.

We are recognizing the photographers at a reception on Sunday, March 12 at 6 p.m., downstairs at West on Centre. Please join us for complimentary hors d’oeuvres and soft drinks, cash bar, a slide show and brief presentation, and a chance to relax and socialize with our Brook Farm friends.  If you can attend, RSVP to or call Gretchen O’Neill, 617-694-6407. Please reply by Friday, March 3. No walk-ins, please.

Special thanks to:

  • Professional photographer Christoph Gervais for selecting the photos in the exhibit, printing the images, and providing sage advice throughout.
  • Brookline Bank, West Roxbury, for generously hosting the exhibit.

Album: Focus on Brook Farm II: Photography Outing 2016

On October 15, 2016, photographers of all ages and skill levels came out to the Brook Farm Historic Site to explore and photograph the area.

Check out the results.

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Walk It Off @ Brook Farm, Friday, Nov. 25

Friday, November 25, 2016
1:00 p.m.
Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, MA 02132

Late Fall at Brook Farm. Credit: Wilfred Holton

Late Fall at Brook Farm. Photo by Wilfred Holton

New Brook Farm (NBF) invites you to shed a few calories and take in the scenery and fresh air at the Brook Farm Historic Site. Join us for a walk (weather permitting) and cup of cider on the day after Thanksgiving. There’s no program, but our board members will be happy to answer your questions about the property and its fascinating history as a utopian commune, Civil War encampment, and orphanage. We will meet at the print shop (the white building) at 1 p.m.
More information: or 617-694-6407 (Gretchen O’Neill)

The Women of Brook Farm – Sunday, October 23, @3PM

Sunday, October 23, 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Theodore Parker Unitarian Universalist Church, 1859 Centre Street, West Roxbury, 02132

Come meet eight remarkable women who were members of or frequent visitors to Brook Farm. New Brook Farm and the Boston Women’s Heritage Trail have created this reenactment to raise awareness of the important roles women played in the Brook Farm experiment. In the beautiful sanctuary of Theodore Parker Church, members of NBF and BWHT portraying the Brook Farm women will speak from the same pulpit from which Rev. Theodore Parker preached to many of the original Brook Farmers in the 1840s.

A reception will follow the program.

Focus on Brook Farm: Photography & Artists’ Outing – Saturday, October 15 @ 2PM

Saturday, October 15, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Brook Farm Historic Site, 670 Baker Street, West Roxbury, 02132

Photographers and artists of all ages, media, and skill levels: Come out to explore and capture images with camera, sketch pad, and brush. Roslindale photographer Christoph Gervais will provide tips on taking outstanding photos. Brookline Bank will host an exhibition of works this winter.

Refreshments will be available.

In case of inclement weather, we will postpone to Sunday, October 16.

After the event, we invite you to send us your photos and artistic representations of Brook Farm. We will choose images that represent the many faces of the site, frame them, and exhibit them at Brookline Bank, West Roxbury this winter. A reception for all participants is also planned.

We will post all images submitted on our website,


  1. Deadline to submit images: November 12, 2016
  2.  All images must be taken at the Brook Farm Historic Site.
  3. Images should be uncompressed JPG files at the final image size (8”x10”) at 300 dpi. That ends up being about 3.5-4 megabytes as a file size.
  4. Rename each image as follows: Last name_First name_1 (or 2 or 3)
  5. Send each image attached in a separate e-mail to:
    Subject line: “PHOTO [Your name]”
  6. In the body of your message, please describe where on the Brook Farm site the image was taken.
  7. By submitting your image(s), you agree that New Brook Farm, Inc. may display the image on its website, print it for public exhibition, and use it for publicity purposes. We may not sell your image or give it to a third party for use without your permission. You retain the copyright.
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