Lee Golos

Amenia Regenerative Center

Classes offered by Lee Golos of Hostel in the Forest

Proposal sent by Lee Golos 8/8/18:

Below are the projects I’d like to work on at Arc 38:

Tempeh Cultivation

Tempeh is a fast-growing edible fungus, traditionally cultivated in Indonesia and later the Netherlands. In about 24 hours it converts grains, beans, and other low-quality foods into a highly nutritious and delicious product which tastes like mushrooms, meat, bread, and cheese.

I grow my own tempeh and have taught classes on doing so. Currently the simplest method uses rolled oats as a substrate, nested 5 gallon buckets as the vessel, while maintaining the proper temperature using an aquarium heater/thermostat (or, alternatively, manually by adding hot water).

I’d like to set up an appropriate system for cultivating tempeh at your community, and teach people about the process and its benefits.

Mushroom Cultivation

Some mushrooms, notably oyster mushrooms, can be simply grown on alkali-pasteurized brown leaves (or even unpasteurized leaves), using nested 5 gallon buckets as reusable incubation chambers. The “spent” substrate can then be used in outdoor grows.

Microbe Culture

I developed a method of culturing microbial consortia for use in high-speed composting and other applications. The culture is similar but more versatile than the commercial product EM, and is made using certain food wastes.

I’d like to teach about this method, which I’ve implemented in several different communities. It’s also part of the Anthropogenic Dark Earth method outlined below.

Biochar Production

Biochar is finely ground charcoal used in agricultural applications. I teach about the production and application of biochar and have set up in-ground biochar kilns at several communities and events. Biochar is also part of the Anthropogenic Dark Earth method.

Anthropogenic Dark Earth

Anthropogenic Dark Earths are extremely fertile and resilient soils created by the activities of indigenous societies around the world, most famously in the Amazon basin where they are called “Terra Preta”, meaning Black Earth. These soils were formed by fermentation and vermicomposting of biochar, food wastes, and humanure; the seeds contained in food wastes and humanure germinated and grew on their own, allowing for no-effort cultivation of fruits. In the past 20 years there has been an interdisciplinary research effort aimed at figuring out how to rapidly and safely create these ultra-fertile soils while simultaneously optimizing waste management practices.

I teach about these methods at earthskills and permaculture gatherings. I’d like to implement one at Arc 38, using at least food waste and ideally also humanure.