BioFuel Oasis

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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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wheelbarrowBees 201: Putting the Squeeze on Varroa Mites!

Sunday, August 17th, noon – 3 p.m.
Location: Backyard in Oakland
Cost: $35

In 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 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.

Cheesemaking: Mozzarella
Sunday, August 17th, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $15 materials fee

It’s the season for Caprese salads with homemade Mozzarella! Mozzarella is commonly considered the easiest cheese to make but in fact, it’s one of the easiest to fail! It is also one of the few cheeses you can make AND eat within a couple of hours. Come stretch some curds with us and learn the ins and outs of this delicious pasta filata cheese. Your friends will thank you later!
Instructor: Shannon Todd (who worked on farms in France as a cheesemaker), and Stephanie Soleil (who is French and teaches home cheesemaking in San Francisco)

Stovetop Brewing
Sunday, September 21st, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35 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.

Bees 201: Preparing Your Hive For Winter
Saturday, September 20th, Noon-3 p.m
Location: Backyard hive in North Oakland, Location to be announced.
Cost: $35

Learn how to assess your hive health so your bees survive through the winter! We will go into a hive and demo what to look for in the fall. We will consolidate the hive down a box or two, clearing up confusion about which frames to keep and which to take out. We’ll also cover how to safely do hive inspections through the winter months, what to do about varroa mites, how to prevent robber bees, and how much honey to keep in the 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.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, September 28th, 10 a.m.- 1 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 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.

Grow Your Soil Intensive
Sunday, September 28th, 2 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Location: Food Forest Farm West, El Sobrante
Cost: $45

Come learn about the amazing transformation that has happened to the soil at Paradise Lot– Jonathan and Eric Tonesmeier’s 10-year-old edible forest garden. They’ve grown fantastic food, like persimmons, kiwis and pawpaws, and now they’re growing amazing soil too! In this workshop we’ll discuss garden design, evaluate the soil test results, and share plans for growing more black gold. Come listen and learn from Jonathan’s soil wisdom in a special power point presentation. Then get hands on while we put our knowledge into practice through beginning the soil building process with soil analysis, sheet mulching, and some planting of a future food forest at sister nursery Food Forest Farm West.
Instructor: Jonathan Bates, co-author of the book “Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks and a Tenth of an Acre”, is coming out to the West Coast for this special one-time class.

City Goats
Sunday, October 12th, 3:30-6:30pm
Location: Backyard in the East Bay
Cost: $35

Goats are taking the Urban Ag scene in America by storm. Once seen as exclusively rural livestock, more and more people are keeping them in their backyards for milk, meat, and natural fertilizer. Many people love goats but aren’t sure if they are ready or can keep them. This class will go over the basic requirements for keeping goats: feed, housing, health, herd management, neighbor relations, and milking. The class will take place in the instructor’s backyard, so you can see the goats in action.
Instructor: Charity Ellis

Ferment the Fall Harvest!
Sunday, November 2nd, 10am – 1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave., Berkeley
Cost: $35

Preserve the harvest, 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. We’ll start with basic wild fermentation and move on to various methods of fermenting with a culture. Demos and tastings of sauerkraut, curtido, komucha, wine vinegar, fruit shrubs and more . Everyone will make a seasonal kimchi or kraut to ferment at home. Bring a knife and cutting board!
Instructor: Nishanga Bliss is a holistic doctor who lives in Berkeley where she grows, cooks, ferments, savors, teaches and writes about sustainable food, She is the author of Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy.

Cheesemaking: Gouda
Sunday, November 2, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $15 materials fee

Gouda is a delicious semi-firm cheese to be enjoyed from 3 months to 3 (or 30?) years of aging. The more it ages, the drier and more complex it gets. We will go over the basic principles and techniques to make this washed curd cheese. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can play with it by adding herbs, seeds and treating its rind development in different ways. It’s so gouda!!
Instructor: Shannon Todd (who worked on farms in France as a cheesemaker), and Stephanie Soleil (who is French and teaches home cheesemaking in San Francisco)

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.