It may be December, but the HEAL programs and gardens at Cabrillo Unified School District’s elementary schools are experiencing a bumper crop in the form of an unexpected donation for $43,333 from Sutter Health Plus. The funds will maintain and expand the local nonprofit Coastside programs, which provide health, environmental and agricultural education for students.
This year’s donation of $43,333 from Sutter Health Plus will enable The HEAL Project to resume the popular 10-year-old project that introduces hands-on gardening and healthy cooking lessons to hundreds of San Mateo County elementary school students.
This year, The HEAL Project is able to provide their Intensive Garden Program (IGP) to 220 second and third grade students, and the Garden Club project to 330 first, fourth and fifth graders.
The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay met at the HEAL Project farm for a delicious lunch prepared with farm produce. Speakers for the day included farm Manager Jon Glancy, Executive Director Amy Bono-Kruckewitt and Farm Educator Naomi Stern. Naomi welcomed the HMB Rotary Club and talked about HEAL’s goal of teaching about nutrition and promoting sustainable agriculture on the coast. She sketched the project’s history, from its beginnings at Coastside elementary schools Hatch and Farallone View, to its growth through outreach to elementary-school students in partnership with San Mateo County. By this spring more than 2,000 students came to the project for science-based field trips that taught agricultural skills such as composting.
The San Mateo County School Farm in Half Moon Bay is a great example of the work we are doing to connect students to the local food system. The School Farm was established over six years ago through a partnership between the San Mateo County Health System, the HEAL Project, and Cabrillo Farms, with the goal of providing students from San Mateo County schools the opportunity to learn more about where their fruits and vegetables come from. By providing students experiential learning opportunities through fieldtrips and summer camps, the farm teaches students about all aspects of sustainable agriculture.
The Crystal Springs YMSL (Young Men’s Service League)https://ymslcrystalsprings.chapterweb.net/c_default.aspxhad a great philanthropy day helping The HEAL Projecthttp://thehealproject.nationbuilder.com/ at Hatch Elementary School HMB on Saturday, August 27th, 2016. YMSL boys and their mothers worked at the elementary school from 8am-4pm moving gravel, compost, weeding and adding potting soil to vegetable beds. Students at Hatch Elementary will have a wonderful new space to learn and grow fruits, vegetables and other plants for their community.
The HEAL Project garden at Hatch Elementary School fell victim to renovations at the school, but late last month student workers were on site to get their hands dirty with the work of rebuilding the garden. The garden will be part of Hatch’s Intensive Garden Program and used by Coastside Children’s Programs after school as well. Hatch students will vote on a new name for the garden once they return to school in the fall.
Farm + Fish + Flowers, formerly known as Tour des Fleurs, will be taking place at spots across the coast on July 23. One of the farms taking part in Farm + Fish + Flowers for the first time is the Heal Project’s educational farm in El Granada. Known as the San Mateo County School Farm, it serves as an outdoor learning space for students across the county, teaching them about healthy eating and sustainable agriculture...
This year the HEAL Project thought up a whole new way to get kids to eat their veggies.
By conducting tastings at local schools, registered dietitian and HEAL Project Garden Specialist Melinda MacNaughton worked hard to introduce students to a healthier lifestyle by taking a hands-on approach. She set up tastings that were essentially a kids cooking class with a mindful twist...