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The HEAL Project teaches kids where their food comes from and why it matters.

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Address: PO Box 3051
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Matching Funds Amount: $20,000.00
Email: info@theHEALproject.org
Phone Number: 650-918-2422
More than 4,000 students each year learn where their food comes from and why it matters through The HEAL Project's educational programs.
Our hands-on outdoor learning inspires kids' natural curiosity and cultivates environmental awareness in the next generation. The HEAL Project offers lessons on health, environment and agriculture at school sites, in the classroom and at the San Mateo County School Farm.

We envision a world where everyone understands the connection between our food, our health, and our environment. We keep this in mind each time we deliver our signature curriculum. Through The HEAL Project's (THP) Intensive Garden Programs at select schools and summer camps, trainings and field trips at the San Mateo County School Farm, thousands of pre-K through 12th grade students each year benefit from THP's environmental programming. Students throughout San Mateo County visit the 2.5 acre San Mateo County School Farm, north of Half Moon Bay, to experience our outdoor classrooms and living labs. Our fun, hands-on activities are firmly rooted in solid science and support the a-ha! moments that enable students to make the vital connections between themselves and the world around them.

When kids dig their hands into the soil, plant a seed, harvest and taste produce, then hike in the outdoors to experience first-hand how water travels through a landscape, they make the connection between where their food comes from and how the way it is grown affects not only their health but the health of the environment around them.
Teacher Quote:
"Thank you so much for such a wonderful day! Your educational field trip is by far one of the best programs I have ever taken a class to. ... This was a very special learning experience for the students and has inspired me to renew my efforts to dedicate more time to the outdoor classroom. Thank you so much for your dedication and passion"
-Pauline Shue, 3rd Grade Teacher, El Granada Elementary School

Parent Quote:
"So many things we take for granted, that things grow in the ground, use sun and water to live are made tangible for my daughter every week. She is able to make a regular, real connection to the natural world. She enjoys the recipes they make and has made both the chard salad and the lemonade regular household dishes. She is motivated to take care of the earth, not through guilt which is so prevalent today, but through pride and a sense of partnership with the greater natural world."
- Steph, parent of Hatch Elementary School 3rd grader