Bello's Vision for Development of a Sustainable Lifestyle Skills Educational program
My name is Charles Bello. For the past 47 years my late wife and I
devoted a good portion of our adult life as stewards to this awesome
400 acre property that was entrusted to us. That is, we came on bare land and developed water systems, built roads, bridges, 4 residences, workshops, gardens, orchards, and more.
At 83, it is my desire is to establish an educational institution or partnership with some University where students of all disciplines can come to
learn "Sustainable Lifestyle Skills" so that they can expand their skill level
and become more independent and self-reliant as they move on through their lives.
I would like to see this
project to become as self-sustaining as possible financially as well as in food
production, power, water, etc. in the next 5 years. For interested parties, see savetrees.org
for more information.
am not seeking funds for our organization, but someone
to chair this project through Cal Poly State University SLO, or
someone who would like to participate within some other charitable foundation of their own choice to build the additional infrastructure that is required to get this project under way.
I am willing to donate as my cost share 4m from my personal estate to this project.
What is Required to complete this vision is:
of 50 acres of adjoining land
existing 3 residences up to code
water retention systems
wells and water storage facilities
complete off grid power system
6. Clear 1 acres of land for gardening and farming
for organic gardening and farming
fencing, automatic irrigation systems
and planting additional orchards
a. 3 permanent residences for student and faculty housing
b. Out buildings for goats, chickens, etc.
c. Bath house - sauna, compost toilets, showers
d. Communal kitchen and meeting place
miles of road access improvement
restoration, fire breaks, timber stand Improvement, reduction of fuel build up,
tree planting, to bring this property to full production and a model as to how
the forest should be managed for the benefit of future generations.
11. Additional farm equipment as required.
Funding and Financing.
Once the initial infrastructure is in place, (items 1-11), maintenance, staff salaries, administration, and operating costs will be funded by timber sales, vacation rentals, educational seminars, possibly some home industry as part of the educational experience. The objective is to become financially completely self-sustaining. An endowment of about 3m in addition to my cost share is needed if this project is to become a reality.
For more information see link on the menu page to, "Bello's Vision for Internship Program".
Thank you in advance for your interest and consideration