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Congratulations HEAL Project on Sustainability Award!

Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) will honor four local sustainability champions, San Mateo Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla, The HEAL Project, Service by Medallion and former SSMC Board Chair Bryan Chen, at its 22nd Annual Awards Celebration on Friday, May 14, for their contributions to sustainability in San Mateo County.

The HEAL Project, which provides young people from across San Mateo County with hands-on lessons that help them understand the connection between our food, our health and our environment. Formed in 2001 and based in Half Moon Bay, the organization invites schools to visit two living classrooms at the San Mateo County School Farm to learn about regenerative agricultural practices, composting, rainwater, waste reduction, pollinators and healthy eating. Field trips offer lessons in food harvesting, tasting and healthy snack preparation. The Heal Project offers a tiered fee schedule and provides free and reduced cost field trips to high-need schools. It has created an Equity and Justice Work Group to help develop deeper relationships with stakeholders and ensure diversity in recruitment of staff and board members. In response to the pandemic, The Heal Project offers video lessons, livestreamed lessons and classroom visit opportunities free to public schools in the county. Support materials are being developed in Spanish for these new