Category: Big Wave Updates

Read about recent discussion topics, letters to the community, and updates about the project.

Building Compost Bins

Jeff Peck and a local carpenter, Steven Mack, worked together on Saturday to build compost bins. Using pallets as the frames, the men constructed the bins with plastic roofing.  When the bins are completed, they will be filled with plant and food waste that will decompose into a rich, nutrient compost soil to be used on the farm.


Below are a few pictures to exemplify Jeff’s and Steven’s progress. 

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Farm Day Pictures 11/02

Thanks for braving the chilly weather to come out to farm day this past Saturday.  Although there were only a few of us, we had a good time and got a lot done. 

Check out some of the photos below.


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Patrick and Kathy are planting lettuce 


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The carrots are growing, but not ready yet.

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Patrick is shoveling compost into a wine barrel before


  Joey is planting broccoli plants.

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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