Category: Big Wave Updates

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10th Annual Harvest Festival Oct 1st

Big Wave’s 10th Annual Harvest Festival


Join us as we celebrate this milestone, our 10th annual Harvest Festival!


You’re invited to a fun-filled autumn celebration with

friends, family and supporters of the Big Wave Project!


There will be fun for all ages, including pumpkin decorating, flower arranging, water balloon toss, pie-eating contest, an old-fashioned cake walk, silent auction, raffle, cork pull, live music, dancing and much more! Plus for the first time we will have an on-line auction (see details on next page). Visit the Big Wave Farm where you can meet the chickens and check out what’s growing! Don’t forget to purchase the perfect Halloween pumpkin from Big Wave’s bountiful pumpkin harvest!


When: Saturday, October 1, 2016, 11:00-3:00pm (note new time).

Where: Big Wave property in Princeton-by-the-Sea

(near 335 Airport Street). See below for map and directions.

Questions: Contact Kim at

or call (415)-517-9447.


Event Details and Announcements


Dance the day away to the sounds of The Back Pages, an awesome 60’s rock and roll cover band!



We have some wonderful items for this year’s auction, including gift certificates to local hotels, businesses & restaurants, hand-made jewelry, golf, artwork, wine, Disneyland tickets, themed baskets, and so much more!

New feature for 2016…..we have included an online component to our auction, which will be active

September 1st through September 27th. Most of the items online will not also be available at the Harvest Festival, but there may be a few which will carry over. Please visit our auction site at:          




Every year the potluck gets more and more amazing! Do you have a favorite family dish? Please bring it to share. Last name A-M, please bring a side (ex. rice dish, raw or steamed veggies, cut fruit) and N-Z, a salad (ex. potato, leafy greens, fruit). Consider bringing something gluten free as there will be a separate table for gluten free dishes. No chips or bread, please!

Big Wave will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and all the fixings, plus home-made carne asada, and pumpkin pie for dessert!



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


NO DOGS, PLEASE!! (Except service dogs)


Donations can be sent to PO Box 1901, El Granada, CA 94018 or via PayPal on Big Wave’s web page (


The Harvest Festival will be held on the Big Wave property, at 335 Airport Street in

Princeton-by-the-Sea, California.

From the North (San Francisco)

  1. Head south on Highway 1
  2. Turn right onto Capistrano Road (at the traffic light). You will pass the Oceano Hotel and the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company on your right.
  3. Turn left onto Prospect Way (you will see Mezza Luna on the corner).
  1. At the next stop sign, turn right onto Broadway. Broadway will turn into California Avenue and then into Cornell Avenue.
  2. Turn right onto Airport Street at the stop sign. 
  3. The Big Wave Harvest Fest will be on your left in 200 feet (immediately past the first warehouse at 333 Airport Street)

From the South Bay or the Peninsula

  1. Head west on Highway 92
  2. Go north on Highway 1 (take a right turn onto Highway 1 from Highway 92) for approximately 4 miles.
  3. Turn left onto Capistrano Road (at the traffic light). You will pass Oceano and the Half Moon Bay Brewing Company on your right. 
  4. Follow above directions from #3 on.

NOTE: If you choose to use MapQuest directions or a GPS, type in “335 Airport Street, Princeton by the Sea, CA” as the destination address. MapQuest will likely change the city name to Half Moon Bay, but don’t worry, it will take you to the right place! Ample parking will be available at the site. Remember to dress in layers, it can be chilly on the Coast!

Pumpkin Carving Contest

There were many smiles and laughter during our first annual Pumpkin Carving Contest! Participants were judged on their creativity, craftsmanship and work space neatness. Patrick and Evan won first place, sharing the $20 cash prize.

Lizzie was recognized for having the scariest pumpkin, Joey the most traditional, Veronica the most whimsical, Evan the most sentimental and Matt the most detailed.

Thank you to everyone who participated, carvers and spectators! Also thank you to the Farm Committee for hosting and buying the supplies.

Farm Day February Pictures

Hello farmers!!  

Thank you so much for coming out to the farm today!  We got a lot done! Spring planting, watering and finishing the fire pit.  I hope to see all of you back for March’s farm day.  Mark your calendar, March 11.

See you then!

Farm Team


Look at some of these pictures (we were so busy, I did not have enough time to take pictures):

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San Mateo County Planning Commission Hearing Results

Dear friends, supporters and community members,

Last Wednesday, January 14, 2015, the Big Wave Project had a public hearing with the San Mateo County Planning Commission about our request for permits for the North Project Alternative Plan.

The NPA Plan puts all buildings on the larger Northern parcel leaving the Southern parcel for wetland restoration, public parking for coastal access and a boat storage lot.  The Northern parcel would hold the Wellness Center, independent dwellings for adults with disabilities and office space for businesses.  (If you would like to learn more about the NPA, click here. )

After a five hour session of staff reports and public input, the commissioners approved the project’s request for permits, 4 to 1.  (If you would like to read the handouts that were distributed during the hearing, please click here to access the PDF files. ) We still need to wait the allowed 10 days for appeals before we are given our permits. 

Big Wave has been fighting to become a reality for 12 years. Big Wave supporters have attended 27 hearings to help the project pass. We are almost there!  Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and motivational chants to help us get to where we want to be!  Your support helped make this project a reality.

Thank you!!

The Big Wave Team 


Listen to the commissioners vote 4 to 1 and experience the big cheer that went up after the congratulations! Click here for the short, amateur video. 

New Year Chickens

Dear friends,

This new year has blessed us with 20 new chickens for the Big Wave Farm!  Two farm volunteers, Kathy and Catherine, went on a mission to find more chickens for the farm. Keeping in mind the long term goal of creating an education garden space and the ability to be a sustainable farm-to-table farm for the Big Wave community, we are trying to expand all parts of the farm.

Kathy and Catherine made the short trip to Menlo Park to rescue 10 hens and on a different day, adventured down to South San Jose to get 10 more chickens from a residence.  

Except for one bird whom we decided to name Trouble, merging the three flocks went really well. With minor amounts of sparring, the peeking order was established quickly and without the loss of feathers. 

Here are some of our new hens:



















Pictures: Harvest Festival 2014

We did it again!  Another fun, successful Harvest Festival! Thanks for joining us to celebrate!  

Enjoy some pictures.  Click on the image to enlarge it:

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8th Annual Harvest Festival 2014

You are invited to 

Big Wave’s 8th Annual Harvest Festival

When: Saturday, Oct 11th, 1-5 pm

Where: Big Wave property, just North of 333 Airport St, Princeton by the Sea

  • Meet and connect with family and friends
  • Enjoy family-friendly activities including dancing and games
  • the price is right… free!
  • learn how to support Big Wave in more meaningful ways

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Do you have a favorite family dish?  Please bring it to share at our pot luck.

Last name A-M, please bring a side (rice, raw/steamed veggies, cut fruit)

Last name N-Z, a salad (potato, leafy greens, fruit.)


No chips or bread, please!



Tie on your dancing shoes and get ready to dance all afternoon to Extra Large, an upbeat, positive, original, high energy, dance band from Santa Cruz


Auction and Activities

We have new and exciting items in this year’s auction… Disneyland tickets, local eateries, classy San Francisco restaurants, museums, and more!

Also indulge in subscribing for farm fresh produce delivery, four weekly deliveries of a dozen eggs, and raised planter beds for your garden!

Activities for all include but are not limited to: decorating pumpkins, dancing, cake walk, cork pull, face painting, tug-of-war, pie eating contest, hula hoop contests. 

**Please bring a cake to give away at the cake walk. **

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Farm Day Pictures 03/2014

Thanks for joining us for Farm Day this month!  

Weeding? check!

Chicken coop painted? check!

planting new seeds? check!

Having a good time? check!


Check out some pictures:

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Another Day on the Farm


Hello farmers!  

The rain has been doing some good on the farm; our vegetables are growing.  Some are ready to be picked, others are  almost ready.  




 This is the last of the cabbage.  However, don’t worry, more cabbage will grow if you weren’t able to get some in the first round.



Trisha is showing me the flower on a broccoli plant.  The broccoli will be picked when the flower head is large and tight, like what you would see at the grocery store. 



The cauliflower, more developed than the broccoli, is ready to be picked.