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!
October 9th – Expand Your Chicken Knowledge!
October 16th – Bee Medicine Making with Honey, 
Beeswax, & Propolis
October 16th – Candlemaking with 
Beeswax
October – Mushroom Cultivation

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

Preparing Your Hive for Winter
Sunday, Sept. 18th, 1-4pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley/Oakland
Cost: $40

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. Bring a drawing of your hive and we will pick a few hives to assess how to consolidate boxes/frames.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 11 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, Sept. 25, 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 11 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Honey Harvesting
Sunday, Oct. 9th, 10am-noon
Location: Oakland/Berkeley to be announced
Cost: $35

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. Beekeepers will also learn tips and tricks for successful harvesting. Go home with a small sample of this delicious honey you help harvest. This class is for beekeepers, but honey-lovers and the bee-curious are welcome as well!
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard in Oakland for 11 years. She loves the different flavors in East Bay honey from blackberries to fennel to eucalyptus, and will bring samples of honeys from her hives.

Chickens 201: Expand Your Chicken Knowledge!
Sunday, Oct. 9th, 1-3:30pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35

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.
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.

Bee Medicine Making with Honey, 
Beeswax, & Propolis
Sunday, Oct. 16th, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $15 materials fee

From honey to propolis, everything the bees make has healing qualities. In this class, you’ll learn how to make bee medicine: an herbal honey, a salve with beeswax, and a propolis tincture. We will learn about the medicinal properties of different bee creations and common herbs, make an herbal oil together, and combine bee products with common medicinal herbs you can grow in your garden like rose petals, rose hips, lavender, and calendula. Everyone goes home with a salve and herbal honey!

Instructor: Jonah Aline Daniel is a Clinical Herbalist, Bodyworker, Beekeeper, Candlemaker, and Organizer currently based in North Sonoma County. They have been studying herbs and making candles since 2008 and are the founder of Narrow Bridge Candles and Plants as Allies.

Candlemaking with 
Beeswax
Sunday, Oct. 16th, 2-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 plus $15 materials fee

Learn the art of candlemaking and take away the tools and knowledge to do it at home! The smell of Beeswax alone is supportive to the immune system, and burning Beeswax candles produces negative ions that clean our air of odors, pollens, smoke, viruses, mold, dust mites, dust and other allergens. With Beeswax from a local beekeeper, we will learn how to make both dipped and container candles. Students will take home candles they made in class plus tealight molds and wicks to make more on their own.
Instructor: Jonah Aline Daniel is a Clinical Herbalist, Bodyworker, Beekeeper, Candlemaker, and Organizer currently based in North Sonoma County. They have been studying herbs and making candles since 2008 and are the founder of Narrow Bridge Candles and Plants as Allies.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, Nov.13th, 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 11 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday in October to be announced.
Location: The Mushroom Maestros, 732 26th Street, Oakland, CA 95457
Cost: $40

Growing more mushrooms may be the best thing we can do to save the environment. They decompose toxic wastes, enhance garden/plant health, and have medicinal properties. In this class, we’ll focus on learning how to cultivate edible mushrooms! We’ll cover growing both Oyster and King Stropharia mushrooms on cardboard (to transfer to wood chips in your garden) and straw. Everyone goes home with two mushroom kits and some woodchips!
Note: For better demonstration purposes and hands-on work, the class with be outside.
Instructors: Patty and Ray Lanier of the Mushroom Maestros, seasoned mushroom farmers in Lake County by way of Oakland.

How to Build a Simple Composting Toilet in Your Garden
Postponed till September, 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.