With global warming among other problems being a real threat to the health and welfare of all the people of the world, especially the next generation and beyond, I would like tell the story of how two young people left their professions for a simpler life style in communion with nature that proved successful while at the same time demonstrating and teaching how we can all make a difference by following this working model to minimizing global warming among other environmentally destructive practices for the benefit of future generations.

In the late 60's my late wife and I left our professions as architect and choreographer. Purchased 400 acres of logged over redwood forest land in a remote area of Mendocino county, California with no water, no roads, no bridges, home schooled two children, became almost completely self-reliant in providing food, energy, and financial independence for ourselves along with sharing this lifestyle with others.

Our work had been published in the New York Times, Google "Charles Bello, New York Times". Literally hundreds of people have visited our ranch for their vacations and/or attended Self- Sustaining Skills Educational Seminars.

So now at 85, I would like to accomplish my last task - that is - to establish a small educational community that teaches self-sustaining skills required for independence in Food production, Energy, and Financially so that interns can then go out and teach others to follow our example.

We have proven how this can be possible with green houses, solar power, and utilizing natural resources that abound in the forest lands that can be made into salable products while minimizing our carbon foot print.

Cal Poly State University as well as, Humboldt State, and the local community college have expressed an interest in participating. The only problem holding this project form becoming a reality is funding in order to put things in motion. I believe that with this kind of participation and educational documentation of our skills, we can impact the lives of not only participating individuals but interest people worldwide which could make a difference for the health and welfare of people globally especially future generations.

Following are some photo of the property for your observation as a supplement of how really magical these 400 acres are for this project. I am prepared to donate my 400 acres, give my time and energy, and all of my assets as my contribution to make this project not just vision but bring it to a reality. With funding it can be done in 3 to 5 years.

Thanks in advance for your interest hoping you may find it of value to help me in this endeavor. Your help can make a difference especially for your children, and future generations.


Charles Bello