BioFuel Oasis



BioFuel Oasis is excited to be announce its urban farm class series for Spring 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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wheelbarrowBees 201: Putting the Squeeze on Varroa Mites!

Sunday, April 27, 10am – 1pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley/North Oakland, Location to be announced.
Cost: $35

In preparation for late summer when the varroa mites increase and your bee population decreases, this class will show you how to detect varroa mites and the size of their infestation in your hive. Learn to keep bees alive and prosperous without resorting to pesticides, knowing that hives around you will collapse and die if mites are not controlled. We’ll open up a live bee hive and demonstrate detection and preventative measures (including the sugar roll test and powder sugaring your hive), so you will be prepared to do it in your own hive in the next couple months. We will also cover drone comb frames, oxalic & formic acid treatment, and more. Everyone, from new beekeepers to those with years of experience, will find this class invaluable.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke is a backyard beekeeper and BioFuel Oasis worker-owner.

Chickens 201: Expand Your Chicken Knowledge!

Sunday, April 27th, 2 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35

You are becoming a seasoned chicken keeper but you want to expand your knowledge and maybe your flock. In this class we’ll go over introducing new birds to your flock, health care from prevention to diagnosing problems, what to keep in your flock first aid kit for holistic and traditional care, nutrition and mixing your own feed and feed supplements, and the life cycle of chickens. We’ll also discuss dealing with predators, bio-security and behavioral issues and answer your most pressing chicken questions. Rebecca will bring her chicken to demonstrate examining a chicken for mites, being eggbound, and other health concerns.
Instructor: When Rebecca Daun-Widner started chickening with her family in 2008 in Asheville, NC, she never imagined she’d eventually have an urban flock in Oakland. Enjoying the benefits of backyard chickens – eggs! shenanigans! poultry problem solving!- keeps her happy and grounded.

Cheesemaking: Ricotta and Fresh Chevre
Sunday, May 18, 10am – 1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $15 materials fee

Ever wondered about the mysteries of curds and whey? Come to this class and learn how to make different types of cheese in your kitchen. In the May class we will make Ricotta and mini herbed Chèvres. We will have a cheese tasting, provide lots of hands-on opportunities at different stages, and you’ll go home with the basic tools, recipes and resources for your next wheel.
Instructors: Shannon Todd (who worked on farms in France as a cheesemaker), and Stephanie Soleil (who is French and teaches home cheesemaking in San Francisco)

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35

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 of BioFuel Oasis has been keeping bees in her backyard for eight years.

Summer Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, June 1st, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Location: Instructor’s backyard in Berkeley
Cost: $35

This class will teach you how to follow up on your winter pruning and also to prune for less reactive growth then you might get from winter pruning. 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.

Honey Harvesting
Sunday, June 1st, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $30

Interested in learning how honey gets from hive to jar? In this hands-on class, participants will uncap frames of honeycomb and hand spin them in an extractor to expel the honey. The instructor will explain and show a video of how she removed the frames of honeycomb from her hive. Taste three different backyard honeys and go home with a small sample of this delicious honey you help harvest. This class is for the honey-lover, the bee-curious, and the new-ish beekeeper!
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke of BioFuel Oasis has been keeping bees in her backyard for eight years.

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!


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.