Category: Big Wave Stories

What’s Happening at the Big Wave Farm?

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By Catherine St. Marie

By Catherine St. Marie

Catherine St. Marie helps direct volunteer activities on the Big Wave Farm.

What’s Happening at the Big Wave Farm?

Despite being unable to host our usual generous and hardworking volunteer teams from local universities, nonprofits, and corporations, our skeleton crew of essential workers has been working hard to prepare the land for a busy and productive summer! The farm team planted 50 tomato plants and more than 400 squash seeds out in the field. Other seeds that have been planted are carrot, beet, lettuce, beans, cucumbers, onions, and greens. Currently, our blueberry bushes are covered in ripening berries and our strawberry plants have many flowers that will turn to berries. Our artichoke plants have many green artichoke globes popping up above the silver foliage.  In addition, we are updating our irrigation capabilities on the property. Hopefully, with new irrigation parts, we will be able to boost our production. We anticipate a yummy and fruitful summer!

 

The chickens have a beautiful new chicken pen!  A big thanks to a family who donated 2 days of work to erect this sturdy structure. The chickens are excited to move into their new space! The chickens are happy and healthy. Egg production is at its peak with 2 and half dozen eggs collected daily. 

 

Our beekeepers have been buzzing with excitement!   The queens are taking care of business and laying eggs; the number of bees and hives have tripled because of their hard work. The worker bees are just as productive; they are already filling frames up with honey.

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Making Intentional Communities More Accessible

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By Jeff Peck

By Jeff Peck

Jeff Peck is the founder and CEO of Big Wave.

Making Intentional Communities More Accessible

In California alone, approximately 175,000 adults with special needs live with family members, and they are aging. When their caregivers pass away, where will these vulnerable adults live and who will take care of them? Part of the answer to this question should involve a quality of life answer.  At Big Wave we have an answer.

For the last twenty years, my business partner Steve and I have been committed to creating and implementing a model that provides affordable housing as well as quality of life for our local community members with special needs. This is a practical answer that has involved dozens of smart parents of adults with special needs in the Half Moon Bay area.

Most of the existing programs that are administered use state and federal grants to purchase and renovate property to be used as homes for individuals with special needs. While this works for some who have family and friends close by, it doesn’t work for the entire special needs community. As parents, we are aware that typical housing programs are filled with adults without a community, who feel isolated in their living space, and others yearn for a purpose.

I’ve seen frustrated families who have prayed for alternatives. We spent a long time listening to these families.

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