Spring Ahead 2019 was an absolute roaring success thanks to everyone that attended, donated and contributed to this spectacular event. We want to thank all of our fantastic chefs, board members, staff, event planners, caterers, farmers, ranchers, wineries, breweries, sponsors, volunteers and everyone else who made it happen last night. This couldn't have been possible without all of you!!

So how much did we raise through Spring Ahead? 
🎉Over $76,000!! 🎉

We are so thankful for the community's support and cannot express enough gratitude for your ongoing generosity. Once again, thank you for helping us grow healthy kids from the ground up!

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Our community is more than just our students and teachers. Hundreds of people give in various ways to build The HEAL Project. Our donor spotlights shine a light on the people who make our programs possible.

Donor Spotlight 

Who I am:
 My name is Susan Mihara and I live with my husband (Ted) and daughter (Annika) here on the Coast. We’ve lived here for about 18 years and feel blessed to call home a place with such a strong sense of community, surrounded by incredible natural beauty, including the fields of flowers and the many farms.

Pictured above: Annika helping summer camper make lemonade.

What The HEAL Project means to me: I first became aware of The HEAL Project when my daughter was still in elementary school and attended what must have been one of their first summer camps. She was outside, learning about plants, growing food, preparing and eating fresh fruits and vegetables – even enjoying ‘stone soup’! She loved her time at the farm, and the people who ran it – inspired by their passion for teaching kids about growing and eating healthy foods and caring for the environment. Annika, now a junior in high school, has been back to The HEAL project camp each year since, first as a camper, then as a Junior Leader. The HEAL Project educates and inspires – making a difference in the lives of our children and their relationship with food and the environment that will carry into adolescence and adulthood - we’re so glad to support the mission of this amazing organization!

Susan is a part of our Pollinator Giving Club, which means she donates every month. Thank you for your dedicated support, Mihara family! 
Are you a donor? Why do you give to The HEAL Project? We would love to hear your story and why our mission resonates with you. Email

Mediterranean Quinoa Lettuce Boats

Prep time: 25 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 4-6

Photo and recipe adapted from
Little Broken

2 ⅓ cups cooked quinoa of choice (served chilled)
¾ cups diced cucumber
¾ chopped tomatoes
3 green onions sliced
1 tbsp finely chopped mint
½ tsp ground cumin
½ tsp garlic salt
Lemon juice (1 lemon)
⅓ c crumbled feta cheese
Salt and pepper
Baby romaine leaves

Did you know?

Many may think that lettuce might not have much nutritional value. Not the case! It is high in water content, which is important for regulating your body’s temperature and supporting other bodily functions. Similarly, it also has many different vitamins and minerals.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the quinoa, cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, onions, mint, cumin, garlic salt, lemon juice and olive oil

  2. Fold in the crumbled feta

  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste

  4. Chill the salad before serving (at least 10 minutes)

  5. Once chilled, spoon the salad into baby romaine leaves and serve immediately

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