BioFuel Oasis

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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Fall 2016! We specialize in hands-on, seasonally appropriate classes designed to empower people.

We have a comprehensive Beekeeping Education Program. Click here for a description.

Classes are not held at the BioFuel Oasis. They are held in Oakland/Berkeley backyards or at Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee) in Berkeley

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Short List of Non-Bee Classes – Click on Class for Full Description and to Register!
January 15th – Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
February 12th – Fast Mead Making
February 26th – Everything You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens

Short List of 2016 Beekeeping Classes – Click on Date for Full Description and to Register!
Backyard Beekeeping: Jan. 24th, Jan. 31th, Feb. 28th, Apr. 10th, May 15th, Sept. 25th, Nov. 13th
Hive Inspection Classes: Apr. 2nd, Apr. 16th, Apr. 23rd, May 15th, July 23rd
Honey Harvesting Classes: May 22nd, Oct. 9th
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: Sept. 18th
Varroa Mite Classes: Mar. 26th, Apr. 24th, June 5th, Aug. 21st
Swarm Prevention: March 6th
Splits/Nucs: Apr. 3rd, May 1st


FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CLASSES IN ORDER BY DATE

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, January 15th, 10am-1pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley
Cost: $40

This class will be taught in a large Berkeley garden with over 20 different fruit trees to practice on. We will cover which varieties do well in the area, as well as purchasing good trees, pruning in youth, on-going pruning, and natural approaches to common disease and insect issues. The trees could include: pears, apples, apricots, plums, citrus, persimmons, figs, asian pears, cherries, peaches, and mulberries. This is a hands on class, and participants will have an opportunity to make some cuts with instructor supervision.
Instructor: Sequoiah Wachenheim started tending vegetables in the Bay Area at age 6 and hasn’t stopped yet! She has been sole proprietor of Earthly Arts, a consulting landscape design business for the last 16 years, and is extremely passionate about growing her own food.

queen_closeupBackyard Beekeeping
Sunday, January 15th, 2-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

Honeybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, the smell of honey, wafting through the air within ten feet of the hive. They increase pollination in your yard and therefore increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables. You may also harvest honey (gallons per year), beeswax, pollen, and propolis from the hive. We’ll cover what you need to know to feel ready to have a Langstroth backyard beehive – how to get bees, what equipment you need, where to put the hive, how to extract honey and upkeep the hive. There will be local honey to try.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 12 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, February 12th, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

Honeybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on hot days, the smell of honey, wafting through the air within ten feet of the hive. They increase pollination in your yard and therefore increase your yields from fruit trees and vegetables. You may also harvest honey (gallons per year), beeswax, pollen, and propolis from the hive. We’ll cover what you need to know to feel ready to have a Langstroth backyard beehive – how to get bees, what equipment you need, where to put the hive, how to extract honey and upkeep the hive. There will be local honey to try.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 12 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Fast Mead Making
Sunday, February 12th, 2-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 class only:

Optional: $40 class plus $30 materials fee (covering honey, airlock, 1-gallon glass carboy) to take fermenting mead home = $70 total

While traditional meads take a year (or more) to age and be drinkable, there is rising interest in making meads that are reliably drinkable within a few months and that will be our focus. Lower alcohol meads are drinkable in a couple of weeks. These meads allow you to experiment without having to wait. Jim will guide you through a participatory demonstration of mead-making. You will learn about what equipment you need, how to prepare must (unfermented mead), what flavors work well together, fermentation, sanitation, and bottling. There will be a tasting of some of Jim’s meads along the way.
Instructor: Jim Veitch is a Berkeley beekeeper who has been making fast mead for the last 2 years and experimenting with different delicious recipes, including ginger, galangal, dry wine mead, and more.

img_0997Everything You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens
Sunday, February 26th, 1-4pm
Location: Backyard with Chickens in Alameda
Cost: $40

From setting up a brooder for baby chicks to the essentials of water, feed, and coop requirements for a thriving backyard flock, this class will prepare you for what you need to know! Having chickens is very rewarding, but it can feel daunting to get started. We will go over many topics for setting up and keeping your chickens happy and healthy including: planning your coop, protecting against predators, winter time care, best breeds, nutrition, and optimum egg production.
Instructor: Jacquelyn Frost has been raising and training animals of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years, with chickens being her latest adventure. She has been known to direct unsuspecting conversation partners into talking about backyard chicken keeping.

How to Build a Simple Composting Toilet in Your Garden
Postponed till spring 2017, Date to be Announced.
Location: Backyard in Berkeley
Cost: $50

In this class you will learn how to build a simple, rustic, outdoor composting toilet out of a 5 gallon bucket and old fence boards. The appeal of these toilets is that they take no water, are outdoors (no stinky bathrooms or lines to use the ONE bathroom most of us have…) and of course, the amazing byproduct of compost. These toilets require dumping the 5 gallon bucket of deposits into a large compost bin made of fence boards and welded wire mesh. Sequoiah has been using composting toilets for the last 7 years and is very excited to share this information with others. You will get to see her complete system. Her carpentry skills are basic so this is NOT going to be about fine carpentry, but about practicality and ecology.
Instructor: Sequoiah Wachenheim started tending vegetables in the Bay Area at age 6 and hasn’t stopped yet! She has been sole proprietor of Earthly Arts, a consulting landscape design business for the last 16 years, and is extremely passionate about growing her own food.

How to Enroll
Please click the “Pay Now” button below the class description to reserve your spot in the class via credit card or debit card. (You don’t need a PayPal account – just click “Continue” next to where it says “Don’t have a PayPal account?”)

You can also sign up by calling BioFuel Oasis (510.665.5509) or coming in during business hours.

Our classes often fill up 1-2 weeks before class date, we strongly recommend you sign up early!

Work-Trade

We have low-income and work-trade spots available. Please inquire if you would like to apply for one.

Class Refund Policy

Cancellations must be made seven days in advance in order to receive a full refund. Refunds are not given for classes canceled less than seven days ahead; however, you can always send a friend in your place.