Category: Big Wave Updates

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

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.


BBQ this Sunday

When: Sunday 8/4; 12 noon

Where: BW property

Why?: Why not?

Come hang out on Sunday for a causal BBQ at the farm. Catch up with friends and see all the progress on the farm. Before you leave, feel free to pick some leafy greens and herbs for your kitchen.

No RSVP needed, however, BYO hot dogs/hamburgers and buns.

See you out there!


New Planter Boxes

The new, raised, planter boxes are a great addition to the farm!  Easy to tend because of their height, the frames allow the growing to be more controlled and easier to maintain with watering and weeding.   

Right now, the boxes are filled with leafy greens, herbs and tomato plants that grow well in the fog.

(Click on the image to view it larger.)


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planter box example     young tomato plant


The black berry bushes are establishing well and producing fruit.

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close up of black berries rows of black berry bushes

BW Residents as Adovcates

Future Big Wave residents have stepped forward, wanting to be advocates for this great project.


Here is a picture of the gang at Sacramento, CA, fighting for The Big Wave Project.

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Be an Advocate!

All of us who support people with disabilities are in some way advocates for them.  It is this role that allows us to exercise and promote the philosophy and values of The Big Wave Project.

As a supportive group of people, we should all work to relate to the individuals in a way that assists in meeting their needs.  Our role, in the sense, is to help the community in general to better understand and develop healthy, informed attitudes about and toward people with disabilities. 

In order for individuals with disabilities to be treated with dignity and respect, it is important for them to be integrated into community settings.


Advocacy IS:

  1. Building confidence so individuals can help themselves
  2. Supporting efforts toward independence
  3. Providing necessary tools for appropriate decisions and actions
  4. Hel[ping individuals have their rights recognized

Advocacy is NOT:

  1. Taking over a person’s life/problem and making all the decisions
  2. Squelching efforts of self help
  3. Reinforcing feelings of helplessness and dependence
  4. Making excuses for unavailability or inadequacy or services
  5. Accepting status quo when legislation is not implemented
  6. Accepting unavailability and inadequacy of services


Help the team advocate for the individuals with developmental disabilities and support our values, designing a secure, nurturing, socially integrative and educationally rich environment for individuals with developmental disabilities!

BW Affords Opportunity for Adults with Developmental Disabilities

An emphasis on human dignity and a conviction that each person is unique and capable of growth is the key to effective developmental disabilities programs.   The Big Wave Project helps better ensure that individuals with disabilities are afforded every opportunity by…

1. Encouraging individuals to exercise an increased amount of control and choice in their lives, services and support.

2. Providing opportunities to maximize personal growth, talents and responsibilities.

3. Increasing the knowledge, skills and abilities of everyone whose actions impact the lives of people who have, or are at risk of having, a developmental disability.

4. Promoting responsibility, accountability and independence.

5. Ensuring an environment free from harm and promoting dignity and a belief in human values.


The Big Wave Project, designing a secure, nurturing, socially integrative and educationally rich environment for individuals with developmental disabilities will foster independence and sustainable living. 


Join us and help advocate for the individuals who will thrive and prosper from this community.