Author: Catherine

Farm Day Invite 11/02/13


There will be a regularly scheduled Farm Day this Saturday, November 2nd.  9:00-12:00 with potluck @ 12:00.  You are welcome to bring something to share if you want.  

We will fire up the BBQ and provide a green salad and drinks.

Monthly farm days will focus on farm maintenance and weeding.

Farm will open @ 9:00 with lunch served @ 12:00.

If you would like to volunteer to help bring food, food prep or farm prep, please let me know…

Thank you.


Harvest Fest 2013


Thanks for coming out and celebrating the Big Wave Project with us!  We had a really great time!  Check out some of the pictures.


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What is the North Project Alternative (NPA)?

What is the North Project Alternative (NPA)?

The NPA is an addendum to the County approved project to address various environmental concerns that have prevented Big Wave from receiving Coastal Commission approval. The project changes reflected in the NPA resulted from a year-long negotiation between Big Wave and Committee for Green Foothills (CGF), the major environmental opponent to Big Wave.

Although neither party got everything it wanted, the concessions each provided in good faith ended in an agreement with which both are comfortable. The NPA, which ultimately we will take to the Coastal Commission for approval, addresses of the issues the Coastal Commission used in its denial of Big Wave in August, 2012.


Here are the changes included in the NPA:

The NPA moves the Big Wave Community Center to the north parcel (previously all commercial buildings). The size and the amount of people the non-profit Community Center can serve will remain the same. This will require a reduction in the for-profit commercial development to make room for the Community Center.

This reduction will reduce potential financial and employment benefits available from the for-profit commercial to the Community Center. However, the loss of revenue and jobs to the Community Center may be reduced with development rights for storage space that the Community Center will retain on part of the southern parcel.

Reduction of commercial project in NPA:

  • Reduces buildings from eight to four
  • 28% reduction in sq. ft. floor space
  • 21% reduction in parking
  • 28% reduction in lot coverage
  • Max height reduced from 48’ to 33’
  • Grading cut reduced 78%
  • Grading fill reduced 52%

Open space: allocates 3.4 acres on the southern parcel for open space.


Any questions about these changes? Write us a letter:

P.O. Box 1901

El Granada, CA 94018

or send us an email on our contact page:


Big Wave Reaches Agreement with Committee for Green Foothills

 BIG Big Wave news!  Big Wave reached an agreement with Committee for Green Foothills and CGF has dropped the lawsuit!  

Read more below:

The Committee for Green Foothills (CGF) has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit challenging the County’s 2011 approval of the Big Wave project. The attorney for CGF stated in its letter to dismiss the lawsuit that “In the committee’s view, the NPA (North Project Alternative) as currently described by the Big Wave parties appears to satisfy the LCP requirements and address the concerns of the parties to the Coastal Commission appeal and pending lawsuits.”

Since November of 2012 Big Wave and the CGF have spent a great deal of time in negotiating a settlement. Both parties acted in good faith to achieve a global resolution during this process. The NPA satisfies environmental concerns and gives the Wellness Center what it needs to be successful.

We should give special thanks to Scott Holmes and Lennie Roberts for remaining so diligent in reaching an agreement.

Jeff Peck 

Nat’l Childhood Obesity Awareness and Prevention Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness and Prevention Month and here at Big Wave, we like to seize the opportunity to eat healthy every day!  Stop by the farm after school or work and clip some lettuce, kale, and pull some beets and radishes.  They are ready to be eaten!  


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Roasted Beet and Three Radish Salad

8 Servings

This salad can be assembled in minutes, but it does require some advance preparation. A good plan is to roast and marinate the beets overnight, then serve them the following day.
  • 2 lbs. beets, preferably golden, scrubbed
  • 1 ½ cups grated daikon radish
  • 1 ½ cups grated red or purple radishes
  • ¼ cup grated fresh horseradish or 2 Tbs. prepared horseradish
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 lb. mizuma greens
  • ¾ lbs. arugula

Balsamic Marinade

  • ⅓ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. tamari
  • 1 tsp. rice vinegar
  • Zest of 2 limes (1 rounded tsp.)
  • 2 (8-oz.) pkgs. tempeh, cut into 1⁄2-inch dice
  • 1 tsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place beets on a lightly oiled baking sheet. Roast 1 hour, or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  2. Meanwhile, make marinade. In small bowl, combine all marinade ingredients until well blended. Set aside.
  3. Remove beets from oven. When cool enough to handle, remove skins. Slice beets and place in shallow baking dish. Stir marinade and pour over beets. Cover and refrigerate for several hours or overnight.
  4. To serve: In small bowl, combine daikon, red radishes, horseradish, lemon juice and salt. Wash greens and arrange mizuma toward outer edge of individual salad plates. Tear arugula into bite-size pieces and place in center of each plate. Arrange 3 or 4 beet slices on arugula and top with radish mixture.

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Farm Day Pictures

Thank you so much for coming out to Farm Day this past Saturday!  We accomplished our entire to-do list and everything looks great.  Thanks especially to Jon and Kathy for providing lunch and water.  It was good to see everyone and I hope you had as much fun as we did.


Check out some of our pictures. (Click on a picture to view it larger):



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Farm Day Schedule

Hey ya’ll,

Farm days are officially back!  Come out to the property every first Saturday of the month to help weed, grow, tend, build etc. the farm!  

Here are the upcoming dates:

October 12 (instead of the first Saturday of October because of the Harvest Fest.)

November 2 

December 7  

We will not continually post dates for the farm day.  Trust that it will be every first Saturday of the month unless otherwise noted. 


Thanks for joining us and we’ll see you out there!

Please sign up for Harvest Festival 2013

We’re using VolunteerSpot  to organize our upcoming activity.

Please sign up for Harvest Festival 2013 – here’s how it works in 3 easy steps:

   1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot:
   2. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot) 
   3. Sign up! Choose your spots – VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact Catherine St. Marie, (, 415-244-1594), to be signed up  manually.

Join us for the 7th Annual Harvest Festival

 7th Annual Big Wave Harvest Festival


When: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 from 1:00pm-5:00pm

Where: Big Wave property in Princeton-by-the-Sea (near 333 Airport Street). 

Questions: Contact Kim at or call (415)-517-9447. 


You’re invited to an autumn celebration with friends, family and supporters of the Big Wave Project.  This event will feature activities that are fun for all ages! Activities include arts and crafts, group games, pie eating contests, an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction and raffle.

Make sure to wear your boot-scooting shoes for live music and dancing!


Event Details and Announcements 

Please help with this year’s event!  Big Wave’s Harvest Fest is only made possible by the help, creativity and dedication of our volunteers. Contact Kim at or call (415)-517-9447 to learn more about volunteering this year’s fest.  


We have some fun items for this year’s auction, including gift certificates to local hotels and restaurants, hand-made jewelry, wine, themed baskets and more!     



Please make a family favorite dish to share. Consider bringing something gluten free as there will be a separate table for gluten free dishes.


Big Wave will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, vege burgers and all the fixings, plus pumpkin pie for dessert! 



Bring a creative, homemade cake for the Cake Walk.  Everyone can participate, fun for all ages!    



Tehya will be joining us for a second year in a row.  Tehya, a local band, incorporates classic rock and blues music that encourages you to sing along and dance the afternoon away.