New Brook Farm

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

A Vision Of Hope

At one time, Brook Farm in West Roxbury was the center of a radical American intellectual movement. Here, the 19th century Transcendentalists created a utopian community on a farm outside Boston. They practiced a new model of living that strived to balance intellectual and artistic life with manual labor.

Photo by Eileen McEnaney

Much has changed since George and Sophia Ripley purchased the Ellis farm in 1841 for their new community. Ownership is now in the hands of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). The landscape has been radically transformed throughout, and only one semi-historic structure remains. Yet its significance has not been forgotten: Brook Farm is a National Historic Landmark and a state and City of Boston landmark as well as a valuable natural resource.

Today, figures of Brook Farm like the Ripleys, Margaret Fuller, Rev. Theodore Parker, and Nathaniel Hawthorne are inspiring a new movement among urban dwellers in Boston’s southwestern neighborhoods. Inspired by Brook Farm’s past, they are drawn to a new vision for Brook Farm that echoes the Transcendentalists’ hopes and dreams of a center of intellectual, agricultural, and artistic activity.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022 7:00pm-8:30pm Utopia Revisited: Bringing Brook Farm into the Future through the Past… Hear about the recent Brook Farm …

Brook Farm in West Roxbury has long inspired writers, photographers, artist, artisans, and musicians. New Brook Farm (a recipient of Community Preservation Act Funding from the …

Fall Birding at New Brook Farm

Registration required – attendance limited to 30 persons Date: October 29, 2022 (Saturday) 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. rain or shine Location: …

Brook Farm in West Roxbury has long inspired writers, photographers, artists, artisans, and musicians. New Brook Farm includes below entries for the seventh annual Focus on …

“For the Birds” Registration is Full – check back for other events.  Thank you for your interest. REGISTRATION REQUIRED – ATTENDANCE LIMITED …

DATE: FEBRUARY 12, 2022 (SATURDAY) 1:00 P.M. – 3:00 P.M. LOCATION: BROOK FARM HISTORIC SITE- 670 BAKER ST., WEST ROXBURY AUDIENCE: ALL …