The Coastside Gives annual Day of Giving is almost here!

On Thursday, May 2, we celebrate our Coastside community together with over 40 local nonprofits during the 24-hour giving challenge.

Your gift to The HEAL Project will directly support our award-winning garden program at Hatch and Farallone View Elementary Schools. But that’s not all! Your gift will also help us win cash prizes throughout the day from the Mavericks’ Community Foundation’s generous prize pool. Learn more and preschedule your donation for Coastside Gives 2019 today!

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We loved having volunteers at the farm for our first Community Farm Day on April 13. We enjoyed planting in the Plant Parts Garden, removing eucalyptus stumps from the field, and tasting the first strawberries of the season, all on a gorgeous Coastside morning. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for your hard work!

Community Farm Days run from 9 to noon on the second Saturday of the month during Farmers' Market season (April - December) and are open to volunteers ages 10 and over. RSVP and join us on our next Community Farm Day on May 11. Sign up below!
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Intern Spotlight:
Jackie Ahern

As I write this on my last day in The HEAL Project office, I have nothing but fullness in my heart for what felt like an incredibly short six weeks here. I’m currently a Dietetic Intern at San Francisco State University, nearing the end of a yearlong program interning at hospitals, clinics and offices all to gain experience as an eventual Registered Dietitian.

My time at THP was quite literally a breath of fresh air, split between working on marketing campaigns, helping to plan two major fundraisers and joining in on the occasional dance party in the office with Shannon, Rhiannon and Amy while leading MyPlate lessons on field trips, playing guitar for kids during Mother’s Clubs, and conducting quality assurance observations on the San Mateo County School Farm with Naomi. Every day I was simply amazed by the strength, smarts and tenacity of all the women who make The HEAL Project the incredible organization that it is. They have inspired me to be more creative, to reach higher, to be more curious and to take on big projects in stride.

I previously did not have much experience working with kids, let alone with teaching them about food and nutrition. The educators of THP, Naomi, Julia and Fiona quite literally led by example and gave me tools to effectively connect with and educate children from all backgrounds. It has become very real to me how important it is to teach kids where their food comes from and that yes, in fact, vegetables can taste good! These experiences set them up for a lifetime of health and happiness.

So to sum up my experience here I would say that it has shown me the new and profound way one can impact a community by, in the words of THP, growing healthy kids from the ground up. I’m so thankful for my time at The HEAL Project.

Thank you, Jackie, for your dedication and time. We miss you already!  Learn about our internship program and read more intern reflections on our website.
April Book Recommendation 

Forest Bathing: How Trees Can Help You Find Health and Happiness
by Dr. Qing Li

Dr. Qing Li writes, "I want to know why we feel so much better when we are in nature. What is this secret power of trees that makes us so much healthier and happier? Why is it that we feel less stressed and have more energy just by walking in the forest? Some people study forests. Some people study medicine. I study forest medicine to find out all the ways in which walking in the forest can improve our well-being." 

Learn more..


Mint Lemonade

Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 10 mins

Photo and recipe adapted from
 Paint me pink



  • ½ cup agave nectar

  • 3 cups water

  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, chopped

  • Ice cubes

  • Fresh mint leaves for garnish


1. Combine 1 cup of warm water and agave nectar in a bowl. Stir until combined.

2. Juice lemons then muddle together lemon juice and chopped mint leaves, this is to infuse the juice with mint flavor.

3. Place lemon juice with mint in a pitcher with agave syrup. Add 2 cups water and stir mixture.

4. Add more agave to sweeten lemonade if desired.

5. Garnish with whole mint leaves and pour over ice.

Did you know?

There are over a dozen plant species that are from the genus of Mint or Mentha such as peppermint and spearmint. It has important vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, iron, manganese and folate. It is also a good source of antioxidants that may have various health benefits including helping improve irritable bowel syndrome, brain function, cold symptoms as well as reduce breastfeeding pain!

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What is a chicken's favorite kind of vegetable?
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