Shalom Institute's ShemeshFarms inspires its employees (Farm Fellows) who have special needs and diverse abilities to strive towards independence, self-determination and a life filled with purpose, friendship and inclusion. Together with volunteers, Farm Fellows work at ShemeshFarms planting and harvesting, and creating our signature herb infused culinary salts and spices which we sell at ShemeshFarm Stands at Los Angeles area Farmer’s Markets and on this website. The Farm Fellows participate in every aspect of the enterprise which includes branding, marketing, farming, product development, sales, and packaging and shipping the products sold via our online store. ShemeshFarms is a dynamic environment and a vibrant place where all are treated with dignity and respect.

Shemesh Farms relocated to Malibu Jewish Center and Synagogue following the November 2018 Woolsey Fire's destruction of our original site at Shalom Institute in Malibu. The new location enabled ShemeshFarms' social enterprise to remain in operation and our 60 Farm Fellows to stay employed. We are grateful that we can continue to provide meaningful employment and belonging to such a thriving work community. 

ShemeshFarms is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, as well as the generosity from the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Erwin Rautenberg Foundation, the Diane and Guilford Glazer PhilanthropiesHillside Memorial Park and Mortuary, and from individual donors and sales.