The Lawrenceville School Big Red Farm (BRF) is a mixed-use educational farm that produces vegetables, pork, maple syrup, and honey. It is located on 30 acres of land north of the school golf course and features fenced cropland, pasture, hoop houses, and fruit trees. The Farm also includes the Stuart Deans Memorial Garden behind Irwin Dining Hall. The BRF helps ensure that the School meets the experiential learning goals of our new 20/20 strategic plan
Through a combination of classroom study, field experiences, and community service opportunities, the Farm educates our community about sustainable agriculture, food equity, health, and place. In the words of Lawrenceville alumnus Aldo Leopold (class of 1905), we seek to instill in students a Land Ethic
that “enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants, and animals, or collectively: the land.”
The Big Red Farm is led by dedicated faculty and staff with experience in farming, gardening, and experiential education. Like Lawrenceville’s Harkness Travel Program, the BRF empowers students to make sense of experiential learning by turning the Farm into another Lawrenceville classroom. Opportunities abound for gaining a deep understanding of sustainable agriculture through reflection, participation, and dialogue.