THE FARM & Community Garden
Shimmering Light Farm is a small scale, diverse, ecologically-grown farm located in South Bristol, NY. Together we steward and preserve 30 acres of prime development land, overlooking Canandaigua Lake. We abide by the Farmer's Pledge, a philosophical belief set forth by the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York (NOFA-NY) which states that “farmers should work in harmony with natural forces and leave the little piece of the world over which they have stewardship in better condition than when they found it.” We implement an array of regenerative land stewardship practices including Biodynamics, Permaculture, Re-Wilding and Re-Forestation.
Over 450 families have participated in our cooperative gardens where we have sown, grown and celebrated a vibrant organic harvest - and our vibrant community - each season.
Due to insufficient water prior to and during the 2016 drought, we suspended our CSA while we developed a regenerative water system through our 3-year Water Stewards program, funded by the Guido and Ellen Palma Foundation. Over 150 youth and adults worked together to research, implement, model and share new permaculture practices at the farm. During the last three years we have learned immense amounts through our Permaculture mentors, Sean Dembrosky of Edible Acres and Kay Megorden-Staten, and by carefully observing the land herself!
Our focus has shifted toward smaller annual vegetable gardens and more attention toward the perennial crops that are thriving and expanding here, including scores of wild medicine plants, culinary herbs, berry brambles and our orchard/food forest.
Normally we would be continuing with a small Community Garden where members cooperatively plan, plant, tend, and harvest vibrant produce, social connections, horticulture skills and physical & emotional health.
However, in 2020, due to the global virus, we have been guided to create a new farm membership model that you can find outlined HERE! There is something for everyone! Check it out and let us know if you have questions. We hope to see you radiant beings here very soon. Be Well, Be Safe and Be Assured that together Millions, if not Billions, of people are consciously creating a more just, vital and regenerative world together NOW!