Author: Catherine

San Mateo County Planning Commission Hearing Results

Dear friends, supporters and community members,

Last Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Big Wave Project had a public hearing with the San Mateo County Planning Commission about our request for permits for the North Project Alternative Plan.

The NPA Plan puts all buildings on the larger Northern parcel leaving the Southern parcel for wetland restoration, public parking for coastal access and a boat storage lot.  The Northern parcel would hold the Wellness Center, independent dwellings for adults with disabilities and office space for businesses.  (If you would like to learn more about the NPA, click here. )

After a five hour session of staff reports and public input, the commissioners approved the project’s request for permits, 4 to 1.  (If you would like to read the handouts that were distributed during the hearing, please click here to access the PDF files. ) We still need to wait the allowed 10 days for appeals before we are given our permits. 

Big Wave has been fighting to become a reality for 12 years. Big Wave supporters have attended 27 hearings to help the project pass. We are almost there!  Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and motivational chants to help us get to where we want to be!  Your support helped make this project a reality.

Thank you!!

The Big Wave Team 


Listen to the commissioners vote 4 to 1 and experience the big cheer that went up after the congratulations! Click here for the short, amateur video. 

New Year Chickens

Dear friends,

This new year has blessed us with 20 new chickens for the Big Wave Farm!  Two farm volunteers, Kathy and Catherine, went on a mission to find more chickens for the farm. Keeping in mind the long term goal of creating an education garden space and the ability to be a sustainable farm-to-table farm for the Big Wave community, we are trying to expand all parts of the farm.

Kathy and Catherine made the short trip to Menlo Park to rescue 10 hens and on a different day, adventured down to South San Jose to get 10 more chickens from a residence.  

Except for one bird whom we decided to name Trouble, merging the three flocks went really well. With minor amounts of sparring, the peeking order was established quickly and without the loss of feathers. 

Here are some of our new hens:



















Wish List

The farm and garden are constantly in need of donations, both time and resources. Please help out when you can.

If this list is something you are unable to do but you still want to donate, please visit our “Donate,” page: to donate through PayPal or with a check.   Thank you so much for your support.  


Brightly colored house paint for garden signs

Organic vegetable and fruit seeds

Irrigation drip system (lines, elbows, and drippers.)

Empty egg cartons

Peat moss for 15 beds @ $15.00 each.

Compost for 15 beds @ $8.00 each.

Garden gloves (new or used.)

Gallon freezer bags

Dehydrated meal worms for chicken treats

(list edited 12/1/2015)


Questions about the list? Please email:

Jon Yoshimine at or text or call at: (650)-245-2790 

Catherine St. Marie at or text or call at: (415)-244-1594

Farm Day: December 2014

Greetings farmers!


We are still planning on farm day this Saturday!  Come on out if it’s not raining!

When: Saturday, Dec 13th, 2014; 10-1pm

Where: at the farm! just slightly North of 333 Airport Street, HMB



1.) build a fire pit

2.) put new plastic on the green house. 


Make sure you say hi to the chickens and pick some veggies before you leave!

See you then!

-the farm team

Big Wave Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement

Big Wave has joined #GivingTuesday, a first of its kind effort that will harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses and individuals—to transform how people think about, talk about and participate in the giving season. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday will inspire people to take collaborative action to improve their local communities, give back in better, smarter ways to the charities and causes they support and help create a better world.

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Goal: $500

Use: Cover 1 year of chicken expenses at the farm. 


Why Donate?  

1.) the individuals with developmental disabilities participate in the responsibilities and practice skills to take care of the chickens. 

2.) The chickens eat insects and weeds that can be harmful to the growth of the farm produce.

3.) Holding and petting the chickens is therapy for the social and emotional health of humans. 

4.) Chicken poop provides nutrient rich compost for farm soil. 

5.) Eggs are sold to create income for the farm. 


 Donate now at for a secure browser or send a check to: P.O. Box 1901, El Granada, CA 94018.

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Farm Day: November

Hello farmers and volunteers!!

It’s that time of the month again: farm day!

When: Saturday, Nov 8th, 10- 1pm 

Where: 333 N. Airport St, HMB



1. Transplant strawberries

2. Stir compost

3. Weeding ad tidying


Enjoy meeting new and old friends, say hello to the chickens and enjoy a lunch.

Suggested $5 donation for lunch. 

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Pictures: Harvest Festival 2014

We did it again!  Another fun, successful Harvest Festival! Thanks for joining us to celebrate!  

Enjoy some pictures.  Click on the image to enlarge it:

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8th Annual Harvest Festival 2014

You are invited to 

Big Wave’s 8th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, Oct 11th, 1-5 pm

Where: Big Wave property, just North of 333 Airport St, Princeton by the Sea

  • Meet and connect with family and friends
  • Enjoy family-friendly activities including dancing and games
  • the price is right… free!
  • learn how to support Big Wave in more meaningful ways

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Do you have a favorite family dish?  Please bring it to share at our pot luck.

Last name A-M, please bring a side (rice, raw/steamed veggies, cut fruit)

Last name N-Z, a salad (potato, leafy greens, fruit.)


No chips or bread, please!



Tie on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance all afternoon to Extra Large, an upbeat, positive, original, high energy, dance band from Santa Cruz


Auction and Activities

We have new and exciting items in this year’s auction… Disneyland tickets, local eateries, classy San Francisco restaurants, museums, and more!

Also indulge in subscribing for farm fresh produce delivery, four weekly deliveries of a dozen eggs, and raised planter beds for your garden!

Activities for all include but are not limited to: decorating pumpkins, dancing, cake walk, cork pull, face painting, tug-of-war, pie eating contest, hula hoop contests. 

**Please bring a cake to give away at the cake walk. **

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Farm Day June Pictures

Hello farmers and supporters of Big Wave!

You made it through a tough day, weeding, mulching and transplanting. Check out these awesome pictures from our work and barbecue! 

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