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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to be announce its urban farm class series for Fall 2014! We specialize in hands-on, seasonally appropriate classes designed to empower people.
MOST classes will be held at:

Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
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wheelbarrowBackyard Beekeeping
Sunday, January 18th, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

This popular class fills up every time we offer it, so sign up early! 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, January 25th, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Backyard in South 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. Our goal will be to gain confidence in our ability to take care of productive, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing trees. The class will be tailored to the interests of the participants, and we will cover as many types of trees as we have time and interest in. These could include: pears, apples, apricots, plums, citrus, persimmons, figs, asian pears, cherries, peaches, and mulberries.
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 15 years, and is extremely passionate about growing her own food.

Make Your Own Mead!
Saturday, February 7, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $60 (all ingredients & equipment provided for a gallon jug of mead)

Learn the secrets to making mead–and take home your own gallon to ferment at home–at this hands-on class taught by apiarist, Robert MacKimmie of City Bees. Speculated to be mankind’s first fermented beverage, mead is easy to make at home, yet fine enough to serve at special occasions (read: no better way to impress guests at your next party). Participants will mix their gallon of mead under Robert’s ever-watchful eye, ensuring delicious results. The class will also discuss and review more advanced recipes for Cyser (apple and honey wine) and Melomel (fruit and honey). Best of all, plenty of tasty samples will be provided. Each participant goes home with a gallon jug of mead and recipes, ready to ferment!
Instructor: Apiarist Robert MacKimmie has successfully tended bees for 16 years. He manages 70 hives, mostly in San Francisco, producing neighborhood-based, micro-climate honeys.

Everything You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens
Sunday, February 22nd, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
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: Annie Gowan is a BioFuel Oasis worker-owner who keeps over 15 chickens at her Oakland homestead, most of which she raised from baby chicks.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, February 22nd, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

This popular class fills up every time we offer it, so sign up early! 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Bees 201: Splits and Swarms
Sunday, March 8, 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Location: Backyard hives in Berkeley/Rockridge
Cost: $40

If you master how to manage swarms and varroa mites, your bee hives will live long and stay healthy. This class focuses on early spring management–how to prevent your bees from swarming and instead focus their energy on honey production. It will also cover what signs to look out for that your bees might swarm soon, what to do to prevent them last minute, and finally, if they swarm, how to catch them gracefully and efficiently with the proper equipment and technique. We will cover splitting a hive which is a way to allow your bees to reproduce without a swarm. We’ll demo both making a split and a Nuc, so you can go home and do it yourself on your own hive.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Ferment Dairy
Sunday, March 8, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

Strengthen your digestion and immunity and create intriguing flavors in your kitchen by learning the simple art of fermentation. This class is suitable for beginners and those who are already fermenting. For winter, we will focus our fermentation efforts on dairy and cover: creme fraiche, greek yogurt, cultured butter, and milk & water kefir. Everyone will make kefir to take home and continue fermenting.
Instructor: Nishanga Bliss is a licensed acupuncturist who has worked in the holistic health field for over 20 years. She lives in Berkeley where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food.

Stovetop Brewing
Sunday, March 15, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $5 materials fee

Where can you get the best beer in the world? In your kitchen! Learn how to brew a 1 gallon batch of all-grain beer on your stovetop. We’ll go through all the steps of brewing beer: mashing, sparging, boiling, cooling, pitching, fermenting, and bottling, and we’ll do it on a scale that’s easy for anyone with a kitchen stovetop and a stockpot. We’ll also learn about the history and chemistry of beer. There will be samples to taste, and everyone goes home with a few bottles of beer!

Instructor: Gilbert Guerrero is an Oakland homebrewing enthusiast.

Bee 201 Hands-on: Build Your Own Hive!
Sunday, March 22, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $73 to build a super box and $83 for a deep box

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Have you wanted to learn how to build the boxes for your hive to save money and have the satisfaction of doing it yourself? Each student will assemble a box, assemble wood frames, and install beeswax foundation in the frames. This class is all hands-on and for people who already have bees or are getting bees this year. You will take home a super or deep box with frames. A super box is exactly what you need in March to add to an existing hive for swarm prevention. A deep box is what you need if you are starting a new hive. No experience in carpentry needed.

Instructor: Joan Weir is an accomplished carpenter & beekeeper. She teaches both throughout California.

I Got Bees! Now What Do I Do?
Sunday, April 12, noon – 3 p.m.
Location: Backyard in North Oakland/Berkeley
Cost: $40

If you are getting bees this spring, this class is for you. You will learn how to install bees into a hive. We will open up a backyard hive and show you how to correctly use the tools of the trade and what to look for in a basic hive inspection. Bring safety gear and any beekeeping tools you have.
Instructor: Joan Weir is an accomplished carpenter & beekeeper. She teaches both throughout California.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

This popular class fills up every time we offer it, so sign up early! 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

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.