Concept for interns interested in our Sustainable Life
Style Skill Program
This is what it might be like for
big picture for this vision is to help create in this park like setting a small community that is completely
self-sustaining – food, shelter,
water, energy and most importantly financially self-sustaining in the long term on this really awesome 400 acre property located in the
middle of the redwood forest with a mile of river running through it. Over the past 47 years, my late wife and I
completed the first phase. You will be
helping over time to develop the second phase, which is as follows:
expansion of gardens, orchards and animal husbandry
to provide food year around for the community including vegetables, fruits of
all varieties, berries, grapes, nuts, kiwis, meat, dairy products, chickens, eggs,
organic gardening and farming education. Learn grafting, composting, managing
goats for dairy, managing chickens for eggs and food production, learn to
prepare fowl and animals for food (slaughter, skin, and processing them)
processing/preservation: learn to make kefer, cheese, fermented products, bread
baking, canning, drying of foods including mushrooms both wild in season and
growing mushrooms for daily use.
of water containment facilities for fisheries and fire protection like ponds
– one already exists 3 more anticipated for water storage and fisheries.
as independent as possible in the use of fossil fuels with solar power and/or wood burning generators.
a. Four resident houses are presently operating on solar power and
solar hot water systems.
and construct housing for a community for perhaps 4 permanent residents and 4 - 8 temporary helpers or interns, to participate in
buildings – Green houses, chicken houses, goat
pens, goat milking stalls, storage out buildings for supplies, root cellars,
kitchen, bath house, sauna, and communal space for
gatherings, lectures or recreational activities separate from the private permanent residents.
f. You will also learn welding, brazing,
soldering, cutting class, , basics in operating and servicing equipment such as dump truck and back hoe, safe use of chainsaws, falling trees, and a lot more as time permits.
is a complete cabinet shop, and machine shop on the premises with backhoe, D6
caterpillar tractor, dump truck, 2 saw mills and lots of various light
power and light hand tools and equipment on the farm.
a. Part of your work will be to help maintain 5 miles of hiking trails, 5 miles of access roads to the property, 5 miles
of existing skid trails for access to forest land on the property.
MISSION FOR SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY
Forest management plays an important
role in our internship Sustainable Lifestyle skills program. We are
establishing a model as to how our redwood forests should be managed for the
benefit of future generations.
Long term rather than short term
thinking where forest ecology and environmental practices are prioritized over
short term monetary gains.
Our focus is on the importance of
our forests for all living things on this planet especially for the
preservation of our water quality, air quality, and for all other forest
Learn to Identifying flora and
fauna of our forest ecosystem and how they relate to the overall
environment impact of the forest.
The importance of our forest for
recreational/educational purposes not only as a necessary get-a-way but also,
to reconnect with nature for adults and children alike.
Restoration of old growth trees
especially along streams and ridges for air and water quality along with
fisheries habitat restoration.
We have selected 1000 of these
redwood trees tagged them with a circular, aluminum, numbered tags, identifying
these trees on location maps for quick reference and monitoring purposes.
We are working to bringing our
forest to full production with a healthy, thriving native flora, and fauna.
Income residuals are earned while
doing timber stand improvements.
Site preparation and planting of
redwoods is an important part of this experience. See “Planting Redwoods” on the
menu of our website savetrees.org for detailed site specific planting information.
We have selected two pristine areas
as indicated on our Conservation Easement Base Line Map specifying no human
intervention in these areas to compare with the managed forest for balance of
We are identifying micro climates
within the forest ecosystem and dealing with each as a separate identity.
Fire protection – is also, an important aspect of good forest management.
Maintain fire and fuel breaks on ridges and
open meadows for access and fire breaks along with water containment facilities
(ponds) are also projects we will be doing in your internship forest
Yes, it may be truly said that our
welfare and even our survival is dependent on how we manage our forest!
objective is for students to become involved from conception to the
completion for each phase of work they choose to be involved within the
context of “learning by doing”.
future participation of Universities and their students as an extension of the overall long range vision for this facility.
begin with, one quarter or semester credited course for 4 to 6 selected students with at least
one staff professor to set priorities and give
guidance within the class curriculum. At the end of the quarter or semester half the students leave while half remain to teach the new interns that replace them. As
this program develops it is anticipated that 6 or 8 residents students for various
periods of time might be involved along with others doing educational and research projects
under the direction and guidance of their professors.
involvement of students from different departments to share skill such as
agriculture majors take responsibility/teach farming, animal husbandry majors
be responsibility/teach others about care of animals, horticultural majors take
on the native plant creek/park project, architectural students be responsible
for design and construction, and so forth and so on crops majors take care of
gardening and farming. Etc.
idea is to have as many students as possible from various departments learn
from one another by teaching each other with the guidance of a
day seminars would be on going for interested students and faculty during the
entire school year.
to three day weekend seminars in the spring, summer, and fall targeted to 4th
to 6th grade level charter school children as well as underprivileged school children. Resident
students would participate as teachers as well as counselors as teaching is the best way to learn.
focus on the importance of our forests for all of us on this planet the
preservation of water/air quality and forest ecology identifying flora and
fauna and forest ecology with the focus on redwoods. Site preparation and planting of redwoods as
a part of this experience.
6. Education combined with Vacation rentals will continue to bring people in for a much needed get-a–way
from it all including a forest experience. These visitors would be encouraged to
participate and share in the funding and work for their own personal pleasure
It is overwhelming to look at this project on paper, but if past experience can be
used as a guideline, what my late wife and I were able to accomplish without
hired help and with limited financial resources in the past 47 years, it is not
an unrealistic proposal. It can be done over time with an endowment to fund the infrastructure that is required.
I am willing
to work with any University or entity that can/want to help see this program in place .
As my cost share, I
am willing to donate all of my personal assets to realize this vision as my last humanitarian effort for the
benefit of future generations.
P.S. Any students/interns/financial investors interested in contacting me or coming for a visit
are welcome. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. or Call 707 459 2391
see link on menu page "EDUCATION ENDOWMENT SOUGHT" for more information.