February always feels like a busy month at The HEAL Project. We’ll be starting a new crop of Intensive Garden Program students at Hatch and Farallone View, we’re getting ready to start ploughing and planting at The San Mateo County School Farm, and we’re gearing up for our annual Spring Ahead strolling supper and auction event. The winter lull is over and we’re stepping into spring full of energy and excitement for the year ahead!
Early bird tickets are now available for Spring Ahead, our annual fundraiser event! Spring Ahead is a wonderful night of eating delicious, locally sourced food and drink prepared by some of the most talented chefs on the coast. Join us for a multi-course strolling supper on March 29th, tickets can be purchased through our website: www.thehealproject.org/tickets
Ever wonder what The HEAL Project has been up to over the past year? Take a look at our Annual Reportto get a snap shot of how many students we served, what they learned, and more! Because of your support, last year was one of our most successful years. That said, we feel confident that our brightest years lay ahead of us!
February has been an exciting month for The HEAL Project! We are so thrilled to accept grants from the Bothin Foundation and The Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. With the support of both of these organizations we’ll be purchasing a new John Deere tractor and building a second classroom at the San Mateo County School Farm. It’s so exciting to see the community come together to support our kids in getting the hands-on education they deserve!
“To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” –Audrey Hepburn
I don’t know about you, but here at The HEAL Project we are stepping in to 2017 with our hope and optimism intact. We believe in the work we do and we have seen the positive impacts we’ve made on children’s lives, it’s what keeps us going everyday. In this new year, let’s follow the lesson we learn from our garden - stay grounded and keep reaching for the light!
Hatch Garden Open House
Join us in the newly renovated Hatch Garden on Friday, February 3rd at 4pm for an open house and garden tour! All are welcome to join, no RSVP needed. Meet us in the garden, located at the north end of the Hatch playground. We’re excited to show you all the work we've done to rebuild the Hatch garden, ensuring that Hatch students have a garden classroom to learn and explore in for years to come!
Last year we were awarded a grant from the Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) to improve wildlife habitat and water conservation at the San Mateo County School Farm. With grant funding, we installed a 5,000 gallon water catchment tank and thanks to these winter rains the tank is now full! We also installed a native plant hedgerow for beneficial insect habitat and raptor poles for our hawk population. Forever a work in progress, each new project makes the farm that much better!
2016 in Photos
Here are a few choice photos from a wonderful year of learning, building, tasting, exploring, and growing with The HEAL Project.
November, you’ve shown yourself to be a month full of the unexpected. We hope that this week, the week of Thanksgiving, you and yours are able to find some peace and respite over a shared meal. It feels more important than ever to voice the things we are grateful for. For us at The HEAL Project, we’re thankful for our community of supporters that allow us to continue to do the work we do educating the next generation about health and the environment and the ever-giving, bountiful earth.
There’s Black Friday. There’s Cyber Monday. And then there’s #GivingTuesday, an international day of giving focused on raising funds for nonprofits across the globe. Help The HEAL Project kick off the season of giving on #GivingTuesday by dining out at one of the five participating coastside restaurants on November 29th. A portion of all proceeds from the day will be donated to The HEAL Project to support garden based education programs on the Coastside and beyond. Join the #GivingTuesday movement on Tuesday, November 29th!
E-waste drop off & Farm Friday
Our final Farm Friday of the year is coming up on December 16th. Farm Fridays are a weekly volunteer day open to any and all who would like to come lend a hand on the farm. We’re open to the public from 9am to 4pm, no need to RSVP, just come by and say hello! More details can be found on our website or by following this link: http://thehealproject.org/farm_fridays
Saturday, December 3rd is our last E-waste collection day of the year. You know that old, broken desktop computer monitor that’s sitting in your garage collecting dust? Bring it by the Half Moon Bay Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 9am-1pm and we’ll recycle it. We can accept any electronics with the exception of large appliances.
With the support of Kaiser Permanente, The HEAL Project has increased understanding of health and nutrition and provided hands on opportunities to plant, harvest and prepare farm fresh snacks to nearly 2,000 students from South San Francisco schools over the past 3 years. We’re grateful to be able to partner with organizations who are as committed to improving opportunities for healthy eating and active living to vulnerable populations as we are.
October is a busy month for Half Moon Bay and for The HEAL Project. This time of year we plant our final crops of the season, crops that don’t mind the cold like garlic, spinach and fava beans, and we sow cover crops to prepare the fields for next seasons plantings. The farm is buzzing with student visitors, eager to get out of the classroom and in to the crisp, bright fall air. This month at the farm students are harvesting roots like beets and radishes, learning about plant life cycles, and collecting flower seeds and making seed packets to take home. We encourage you to take a moment today to notice the cycles of the season. Do you see any leaves changing color? Or any flowers that have turned to seed? What are the plants around your home doing this time of year? We’re never too old to simply observe.
New Leaf Community Day – TOMORROW!
Shop to support The HEAL Project tomorrow October 20th at New Leaf Market in Half Moon Bay. THP will receive 5% of the days total sales. When you purchase your groceries at your local New Leaf on Community Day you effortlessly support your community, shopping becomes giving. Already did your shopping for the week? Stop in for lunch! New Leaf has delicious lunch items. On any given day of the week you’re likely to spot a THP staff person picking up a bite to eat. The Coastal Kale Salad is a perennial favorite among THP staff!
10th Anniversary party – Thank you!!
Thanks to all who came out to our 10th Anniversary Party! What a beautiful day on the farm celebrating with the community all the work and progress THP has made in the past decade to advance farm and garden education on the Coast and in San Mateo County. Can’t wait to see what the next 10 years brings, we’ve got big plans for THP!
Save the Date – #GivingTuesday
Dine out on November 29th to support The HEAL Project! #Giving Tuesday is an international day of giving held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year. This year why not give yourself a break from cooking and dishes by dining out to support The HEAL Project? On #Giving Tuesday, November 29th, some of your favorite Coastside restaurants will donate a portion of your food purchase to The HEAL Project. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for the list of restaurants that will be supporting us in this important fundraising event.
It may not feel like it outside but the first official day of autumn is today, September 22nd. The fall equinox is a special time when day and night are the exact same length. Slowly the days will get shorter and shorter, but for now lets enjoy what many people believe to be the best time of year here on the coast! Ample sunshine and ample pumpkins. Read on to find out what THP has going on this fall and ways you can get plugged in.
10th anniversary party
One last shout out about our 10th anniversary party happening THIS SATURDAY at the San Mateo County School Farm! Please join us for an afternoon on the farm, bring your family and take a tour, go on a hike, enjoy some farm fresh snacks, games and live music! Looks like Saturday is going to be in the mid 70’s and full of sunshine, the perfect weather for a day on the farm. No need to RSVP, just show up!
THP is excited to be hosting 2 camps this fall at the San Mateo County School Farm. During our Explorers Camp (Oct 7, 9-1pm), children ages 5-7 will explore the farm, get their hands dirty, and taste some of the fresh fruits and veggies coming out of the field. Harvest Camp (Nov 21-22, 9-3pm) is for slightly older kids, ages 6-11. This camp is all about celebrating the bounty of the harvest season, campers will harvest fruits and veggies from the field and prepare some delicious dishes to feast on. Both camps will be held during CUSD holidays. Check out our website for more information!www.thehealproject.org/camps
The HEAL Project Kickstand: Bike parking at Pumpkin Festival
We all know the worst traffic of the year is during Pumpkin Fest. So why not beat the traffic and bike to the events? THP will be offering up bicycle parking in the Bike Works parking lot, 520 Kelly Avenue near Highway 1, from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. both days (Oct 15th & 16th). Suggested donation is $5 per bicycle. Space is limited, there will be no in and out privileges so first come first served. Bikes left unclaimed after 5:30 p.m. will be charged a $50 overnight fee and unclaimed bikes will be donated to Puente. Hope to see you there!
We’ve turned the corner on summer and we’re headed straight for fall! The start of the school means summer is officially over. We had a great summer camp season – we hosted 6 weeks of camp on the farm and had the largest number of campers THP has seen yet! Looking forward to doing it again next year, but for the next 10 months we’ll be focused on our school year programs: The Intensive Garden Program at Hatch and Farallone View and our field trip program at the San Mateo County School Farm. Looking forward to a full school year of farm and garden education!
Amy Bono-Kruckewitt, Executive Director
10th Anniversary Party
The HEAL Project is turning 10! Come celebrate with us on September 24th from 2-5pm at the San Mateo County School Farm! This is a great opportunity to bring the whole family out the farm for an afternoon of games and activities. If you plan to come to this FREE Event please RSVP by September 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org. Looking forward to seeing you there!
Garden Educators’ Training
THP is excited to host a 1-day intensive on garden based learning put on by the wonderful folks at Life Lab (UC Santa Cruz)! The focus of the workshop is to train educators to use the farm or garden to bring lessons and activities to life that promote ecological literacy, encourage healthy eating, and support standards based lessons. This FREE training will be held at theSan Mateo County School Farm on September 10th from9-3pm. This is a great opportunity for those looking to add to their teaching toolbox! We still have a few spots left, if you’d like to join email@example.com
Hatch Garden Update
We said goodbye to our old garden site at the end of the school year and have spent the past few weeks getting our new garden site set up. THP is now sharing a garden site with the Coastside Childrens Programs, come check it out! You can find the new garden the north east corner of the Hatch playground. The garden overhaul should be complete by the time the THP's Intensive Garden Program starts the second week of September. Big thanks to all the individuals, businesses and organizations that have helped make the garden make-over possible: California Department of Food and Agriculture, Big Creek Lumber, Whole Kids Foundation, CUSD, Hassett Hardware, Kings Mountain Tree Service, Republic Services, Student Conservation Association, Young Men’s Service League - Crystal Spring Chapter, Clinton Miles, CNH Landscaping
You know it's summer on the farm when the flower field is in full bloom and the tomatoes are starting to ripen. What a sweet time of year it is! Summer comes but once a year on the coast, we hope you take some time to get out and explore. If you're looking for a kid friendly activity to do to fill these long summer days, consider stopping by the San Mateo County School Farm for Farm Fridays, open volunteer hours are from 9am - 4pm. Read on to learn about THP’s participation in Farm + Fish + Flowers, new ways to support our programing and what’s happening on the farm this month!
Amy Bono-Kruckewitt, Executive Director
Thank you to the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce for inviting us to participate in this years Farm + Fish + Flowers tour! This event offers the public the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of select Coastside farms, nurseries, and historic sites. This past weekend THP staff lead a group of community members around the San Mateo County School Farm, showing off our outdoor classroom spaces and seasonal crops. It's always rewarding to introduce new people to the work we do!
Have you been considering giving to the HEAL project but not sure how to help? We made it really easy by creating an Amazon Wish List! All the supplies on our wish list will be immediately put to use on our in-school and on-farm programs.
Only 2 more weeks of farm summer camp left before we transition back to our school year field trip programming. Campers have been having a blast with our co-camp leaders Naomi and Kali building solar ovens, playing Iron Chef with farm fresh ingredients, making nature inspired crafts, baking bread with farm grown wheat and having a fairy tea party! Lots of summertime fun in the sun and fog at the SMC farm this month! Check out some of the photos below:
School is out for the summer! Although our Classroom Programs and Farm Field Trips are taking their summer break, The HEAL Project still has a jam-packed agenda going into this season. Check out the updates we have for you regarding e-Waste, Summer Camp, Farmers' Market, and staff. Thank you for your support as we bring garden-based education programs to the Coastside.
Amy Bono-Kruckewitt, Executive Director
Calling All e-Waste
Have you been meaning to get rid of that 90s television gathering dust in your garage? Or how about the printer that hasn't worked since you first tried to turn it on? If you are feeling encroached by electronic clutter in your home or work, bring it down to the Coastside Farmers' Market this Saturday, July 2! We collect and recycle old electronics on the first Saturday of every month.
Summer Camp Update
Is it camp time already?! Our first week of farm camp kicks off next week and we can't wait to plant, harvest, cook, hike, discover, laugh and learn with all of our campers. There are still a handful of openings in our four of six weeks of camp.
Make this the week to come visit our booth at the Coastside Farmers' Market in Half Moon Bay! Our farmers and students have been hard at work to grow you the freshest Coastside produce. This Saturday from 9am-1pm at Shoreline Station, you'll find salad greens, radishes, beets, kale, raspberries and more.
Au Revoir, Katie!
This month we bid farewell to Katie, our Operations Manager and CCP Preschool Instructor. Katie has had an incredible year working at The HEAL Project, helping stabilize and organize THP during a time of transition. We thank Katie for her hard work and wish her the best as she embarks on her next adventure as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Philippines!
The April showers have indeed brought blossoming May flowers, ripe fruits, and hearty veggies to the Coastside. The bountiful variety of produce you will find at our Farmers' Market booth this week is one such indicator. This month, we bring to you exciting results from Silicon Valley Gives, an update on what our Engaged Active Agricultural Tasters (EAAT) have been cooking up, and an introduction to THP's newest staff member. And with summer only three weeks away, don't delay in securing your child's spot at one of five available weeks of our Farm Summer Camp.
Amy Bono-Kruckewitt, Executive Director
Thank You! - Silicon Valley Gives
A special thank you to all who donated to The HEAL Project's Silicon Valley Gives Campaign on May 3. We raised a total of $34,384.86, exceeding our goal of $34,000! We received 170 unique donations, three bonus prizes (two from Friends of the Coastside and one from Microsoft), with all individual donations and prize money doubled by our matching grant funds.
This success would not have been possible without the tremendous show of support from our community. Funds will be used in the reconstruction of our Hatch Elementary School Garden and benefit The HEAL Project's farm and school programs.
T-Minus Three Weeks Until Summer
With less than a month until school is out, do you have your child's summer plans set? If not, do not fear - The HEAL Project's Farm Summer Camp still has openings for five weeks of camp at the San Mateo County School Farm in El Granada! Campers enjoy action-packed days of exploring, crafting, cooking, and hands-on learning.
Click here to learn more about our camps and register today!
What's Cooking this Month with EAAT?
"This is good! Can we have thirds?" Students at El Granada Elementary School (pictured above) cooked up a delicious stir fry at their Engaged Active Agriculture Tasting (EAAT) this week. Using bok choy, green beans and shallots, the kids learned how to make this easy, healthy recipe. All of our EAAT tastings are graciously funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) California Specialty Crop Block Grant.
Find Us at the Coastside Farmers' Market
The HEAL Project had it's first day at the Coastside Farmers' Market in Half Moon Bay last week. A former THP student, Fisher, visited Farmer Jon (both pictured above) at our booth to help sell all of the delicious student-grown produce from our farm. This week, you'll find raspberries, strawberries, arugula, kale, radishes, leeks, rosemary and parsley! Make sure to stop by this Saturday from 9am - 1pm at Shoreline Station.
Welcome Shannon, Our New Administrative Assistant
Shannon joined The HEAL Project team last month and has already provided crucial assistance and initiative in improving organization processes. Shannon is graduating from Palo Alto University this fall with a BS in Business Psychology. She has years of experience with small business administration and has been an active member of her community as a volunteer for her local garden and as the secretary for the Kings Mountain Art Fair board. Shannon looks forward to lending her business skill set to THP and its mission of educating kids about sustainability and healthy eating.
Spring is in full swing here at The HEAL Project, with several exciting programs and events on the horizon. We are preparing for a day of community philanthropy as a part of Silicon Valley Gives on May 3 while we reflect on the generosity displayed by the success of last month's Spring Ahead event. Our Board of Directors has an important message and invitation for the Coastside community and a call for Farmers' Market volunteers. The farm is also gearing up for an action-packed summer of camps, so make sure to check out the six weeks of themed farm camps The HEAL Project has to offer - spots are filling up fast!
Amy Bono-Kruckewitt, Executive Director
SAVE THE DATE: May 3 - Silicon Valley Gives
On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Silicon Valley Gives will raise money for local nonprofits—including The HEAL Project. This 24-hour online giving event is aimed at inspiring and uniting our local community to support philanthropic causes.
The HEAL Project has received three generous matching grants for a total of $17,000. This means that dollar for dollar, your donation will be doubled on May 3. Every dollar helps us make a greater, positive impact on our children and community.
Mark your calendars to support The HEAL Project by donating through our Razoo fundraising page on May 3 and help us meet our goal of $34,000!
A Big Spring Ahead Thank You!
Thousands of dollars raised, dozens of local produce donated, six fabulous courses, three collections of local and craft beverages, one outstanding Spring Ahead. We received an exceptional level of support from generous guests, which has provided $17,000 in matching funds for our upcoming day of fundraising, Silicon Valley Gives, on May 3 as well as funding towards a new tractor for the farm.
Thank you to our event sponsors and participating restaurants:
As Fresh As It Gets San Mateo County Coastside Farmers' Markets Miramar Farms San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley Dr. Humphrey Lu First National Bank of Northern California The San Mateo County Farm Bureau
Half Moon Bay Brewing Company Pasta Moon Sam's Chowder House It's Italia, The Ritz Carlton - Half Moon Bay Event Savvy
Welcome, Coastside Children's Program Garden Club!
The HEAL Project has been thrilled to partake in new partnership this Spring with the Coastside Children's Program (CCP). One day a week for twelve weeks, Montara and Half Moon Bay CCP preschoolers will be exploring their environment through hands-on garden based activities. This program was made possible through funding provided by Big Lift.
A Farallone View CCP student checking in on the cilantro start he planted; He was concerned it was "parched".
Half Moon Bay CCP students making art with nature's flower petals, leaves, and branches.
Calling All Marketeers!
Diana and Alma (pictured above) helped us run our Farmers' Market booth last season and learned exciting new skills such as flower arrangement and money management.
Hey 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students/parents: Do you love The HEAL Project? Do you like going to the Farmers' Market and learning about where your food comes from? Then come volunteer with us Saturday mornings at our Farmers' Market booth as a Marketeer! See the attached form for more information. We hope to see you at the market!
The Coastside Farmers' Market will be returning to Half Moon Bay Saturday, May 8. Make sure to stop by The HEAL Project's booth and check out all of the student grown produce we will have for sale - chard, beets, lettuce mix, radishes, rosemary, mint, cilantro, and strawberries!
The Board of Directors of The HEAL Project Needs Your Help!
The HEAL Project 2015-2016 Board of Directors.
We are looking to connect with community members whose values align with our mission - to teach students how to make healthy choices for themselves and their world - and who are willing and able to contribute several hours each month actively supporting the vital work of The HEAL Project. We hope you will join us for our strategic volunteer mixer Sunday, May 1st from 3-5pm at The San Mateo County School Farm in El Granada.
Please email: firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in joining us, have questions, or need directions. We hope to see you there!