Hello and welcome to Brook Farm! Brook Farm was founded in 1841 by none other than me, George Ripley. It was a grand community of individualistic personalities from the most intellectual transcendentalist minds who combined the likes of manual labor with intellectual pursuits. They even opened up a school for liberal arts who published a weekly journal called The Harbinger in devotion to social and political progress in the society
Brook Farm Since 1841
Henry David Thoreau
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The number of members in the Brook Farm society never proceeded more than 100 members, including Thoreau, Hawthorne and Emerson.
Fun Fact: In Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel The Blithedale Romance, Hawthorne wrote about some of his experiences at Brook Farm, but in a more fictional context for it to apply to the novel.
Aside from growing and harvesting food, the Brook Farm also experimented with animal agriculture which mostly went hand-in-hand with growing food.
Unfortunately, due to financial issues and a large fire that destroyed the main building of Brook Farm, the experiment came to an end in 1847. This also caused me to be in great debt for several years after it closed down.