Jay and Joan Gerish purchased what is now "Born to Run Farm" in 1978 and used the property as a family getaway home and a space to train their race horses. The Gerish’s 4 children and 7 grandchildren continue to maintain the property as their parent’s/grandparent’s had always wanted, with love and family values.
As the Gerish family has grown, so has the farm’s resume. In addition to being a special occasion event space, the farm is also an animal sanctuary. The 130 acres is now home to almost 30 cows, 2 alpaca, a dozen sheep, 2 donkeys, chickens and many other barnyard friends. None of our animals are sent to market, and all will live full happy lives at Born to Run Farm.
The mountain-top property has also become a classroom for the students at New Beginnings, a school for special needs children in Fairfield, NJ. Several students are chosen per semester to do a work study program in which they learn farming skills and prepare for their annual pumpkin picking party hosted at, you guessed it, Born to Run Farm.
Our family has enjoyed the farm for the past couple decades and now want others to experience its beauty and healing properties. When you visit Born to Run Farm please take a moment to look out onto the sublime mountain-top view that once captivated our parent’s/grandparent’s so much that they decided not to leave.