Category: Big Wave Updates

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

Big Wave Farm Day 6/’12

Hi farmers!
The next Big Wave Farm Day is this coming up this Saturday, June 2nd at the Big Wave property. We’ll be there at 8 am and will be working all day.  Please join in the fun and get there as early or whenever you can.  
We will be planting, weeding, watering and getting dirty!  Please bring gloves and a trowel if you have them. 
Refreshments will be served, naturally.

Hope to see you on Saturday! 




Written by Catherine

Progress of the Blueberry Bushes

I drove out to the Big Wave Farm this afternoon to check on the progress of the blueberry bushes planted in the winter season.  

I stepped out of my car and was greeted by the sweet smell of grasses and hay.  It immediately reminded me of my time spent on a friend’s ranch in Oregon.  It smelled sweet and delicious, like warm summer evenings.  I crunched across the gravel driveway and made my way to the back of the field.  Everything looked as it should be.  

I check on the bushes and found them to be growing nicely.  Over the winter months they established thick, sturdy stalks and now that it has been getting warmer, they have tender, new growth shoots and leaves.  They are establishing well. 

Please with their success, i sat on my car bumper, enjoying the sweet grass smell before I had to leave.  



   Standing next to the blueberry bushes(not shown in picture) and             looking North East toward the airport and the coastal hills.



      A healthy blueberry bush that has established sturdy stalks to support future  growth.                         


 Healthy, tender, new leaves, proof that the plants are healthy and strong.

A resilient, stubborn California Poppy, the state flower, growing among the weeds near the watering hose.  


Another view of new growth.






Workshop: Employment for Individuals with Disabilities

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                              A live/work community that fosters independence for

                                         adults with developmental disabilities





Work is good. It offers an opportunity to become more independent, make friends and lead a meaningful life.


Please join us for this comprehensive workshop to learn about:

  • Community-based, integrated employment options
  • Leveraging your job seeker’s strengths and interests to find employment
  • Preparing your job seeker for successful employment
  • Levels of support available


This employment workshop is geared toward parents and caregivers of adult job seekers who have disabilities.


Workshop Presenters:


Eileen Easterbrook is the Program Manager of AimHIRE, a new employment facilitation service, vendorized by Golden Gate Regional Center. She is a parent of a young adult with developmental disabilities and an employment specialist for WorkLink’s Competitive Employment Program for Department of Rehabilitation clients.


Sara Murphy is the Director of WorkLink, a San Francisco based employment service for people with disabilities. As a national leader in community-based employment, Sara has been providing direct service to job seekers and teaching job search strategies to job developers for more than 20 years.


Date:       March 31, 2012

Time:     10:30 am (SHARP) -1:30 pm (working lunch served)

Address: Train Depot, 110 Higgins Canyon Road, Half Moon Bay, CA

Cost:       FREE, but donations would be are appreciated to help cover expenses

RSVP:     Space is limited to 25 people


This workshop is only 2 weeks out please RSVP so we can plan accordingly! 


I hope to see you there,

Jeff Peck


                                                             BIG WAVE GROUP

PO BOX 1901 ~ EL GRANADA, CA ~ 94018 
PHONE: 650-425-1402 
FAX: 650-726-3087 
CELL: 415-999-0145 

Happy New Year; Letter to Friends and Supporters

December 31, 2011


Dear Friends and Supporters,


Today is the final day of 2011. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish that all of you have the best year of your life in 2012.


Big Wave has made substantial progress in 2011. One quiet but extremely important event that took place on December 27 of 2011 was that the members of Big Wave LLC officially donated and recorded the transfer of the 5 acre Wellness Center property to Big Wave Group, the non-profit organization dedicated to building and managing the Wellness Center. I want to thank all the members of the LLC for this generous gift and for their unwavering dedication to our project.


In April of 2011 we received unanimous approval of Big Wave from the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. As expected opponents of the project appealed the decision to the California Coastal Commission and initiated a law suit to stop the project. It may sound odd, but I’d like to give thanks to our opponents. Their opposition has energized our team. Personally, I am more dedicated to making this project work than ever before. We created an Advocacy group to enlist support for Big Wave from politicians, community organizations and businesses. We have received concrete support from fourteen different State assembly members and senators from Redding to San Diego. Jerry Hill has personally met with the Coastal Commission staff to request a fair, expeditious review of Big Wave. The one recurring comment we hear from politicians, businesses and organizations for the wellbeing of those with disabilities is, “Why would anybody be against this project? What can we do to help?” When the time comes to start building the Wellness Center we will have established an influential cadre of supporters from which to seek financial and organizational support.


On a more fun note, we officially started our Big Wave Farm in December of 2011. Over 20 volunteer farmers showed up to start the Big Wave berry vineyard. We planted 60 blueberry plants on one of the eight raised beds we have built. Check out our web page to see pictures taken by Michelle Marconi.


We are looking forward to 2012 being a milestone year for Big Wave. It will be one of our most challenging but with huge potential rewards. Thank you for being part of this.


Happy New Year,


Jeff Peck

Land Donation

Land Donation to Big Wave Group:
The partners of Big Wave LLC on December 27, 2011 officially transfered title of the 5.25 acre Wellness Center site to Big Wave Group, the non-profit organization responsible for building the Wellness Center. We are very thankful for this generous, major donation.
Big Wave Group, future residents, parents, friends and supporters look forward to 2012 being the year we start construction of our special live-work community.

Blueberry Bushes are Planted!

Thank you to all of you who came out on December 10th to help plant blueberry bushes!   It was successful because of your help.  These new bushes are our first step toward our Big Wave Farm; we are so excited to continue building for the future of The Big Wave Project.  Thank you for supporting us.  

Stay tuned for winter and spring planting!

-The Big Wave Team


(You can choose to click on the pictures to view them larger.)


Help Plant Blueberry Bushes

Hello Farmers,
On December 10, Saturday, 10:00 AM SHARP, we will kick off the Big Wave Farm on our site to plant 60 2 year old blueberry bushes. This day will mark the official beginning of our farm which ultimately will cover 20 acres.
The planting should take about 2 hours then we will have a planning meeting for future crops while having a BBQ.
We want our future residents to get dirty hands, not just their parents, family and friends.
Bring a trowel, a shovel if you have one, gloves and a side dish. We will provide the meat, drinks and BBQ.
We have already built 8 raised beds for a start. The blueberries, a test case, will go in one of the beds. Other fruits and vegetables we have discussed for this part of the farm are blackberries, kiwi, apples and figs, spinach, lettuce, radishes, beets, beans and peas. We are open to suggestions along with commitments.
Let me know who can make it so we can properly plan.
Hope to see you there.
Jeff Peck