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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Fall 2015! 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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Aquaponics
Sunday, September 13th, 10am-1pm
Location: Backyard in Oakland
Cost: $40

Aquaponics setupAquaponics is the cultivation of fish and plants together in a constructed, re-circulating ecosystem utilizing natural bacterial cycles to convert fish wastes to plant nutrients. This is a natural food growing method that harnesses the best attributes of aquaculture and hydroponics without the need to discard any water or add chemical fertilizers. Aquaponics uses 90% less water than conventional gardening, making it a great technique for growing food during a drought.

Come learn the fundamentals of aquaponics in this 3-hour introductory workshop. The class will be held at a backyard system for hands-on instruction and demonstration. Subjects covered will include; design and building, fish species, bacteria and the nitrogen cycle, water chemistry, maintenance, and fish food. Aquaponics might possibly be the most efficient, innovative and sustainable gardening technique available today, come learn what it’s all about!
Instructor: Gantt Charping is a professional gardener who splits his time between teaching children organic gardening and running Demeter Aquaponics, an aquaponic design and installation business. Gantt strongly believes in creating sustainable systems for both the land and the communities living on them through education, community building and vital food.

Preparing Your Hive for Winter
Sunday, September 13th, 1 – 4pm
Location: Backyard 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, September 20th, 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday, September 20th, 2-5pm
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.

Honey Harvesting
Sunday, October 4th, 10am – noon
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
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. 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 has been keeping bees in her backyard for 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Chickens 201: Expand Your Chicken Knowledge!
Sunday, October 4th, 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, October 18th, 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 propolis tincture. We’ll combine the bee products with common medicinal herbs you 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 an Energetic 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 Passionflower Medicine.

Candlemaking with Beeswax
Sunday, October 18th, 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 an Energetic 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 Passionflower Medicine.

Make Your Own Mead
Thursday, October 15th, 6:30-8:30pm
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 19 years. He manages 150 hives, mostly in San Francisco, producing neighborhood-based, microclimate honeys.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, November 8th, 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 9 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Fermentation 201: Fermented Condiments
Sunday, November 15th, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

You’ve made sauerkraut and kimchi, or yogurt and kombucha, but there is a world of fementation beyond the basics to enliven your pantry and your microbiome. Come and explore with veteran fermenter Dr. Nishanga Bliss and discover how and why to create fermented condiments of all stripes, including vinegar, salad dressing, mustard, ketchup, pesto, salsa and hot sauce. Demos, tastings, and a hands-on project make this a well-seasoned culinary adventure. Everyone will made a condiment to ferment at home.
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, November 15th, 2-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

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. The class will focus on how to brew a great harvest time ale, American Rye Wheat Beer. 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. Students should bring a bottle of their favorite American Wheat beer to share. Everyone will go home with homebrewed beer they bottled themselves.
Instructor: Gilbert Guerrero is an Oakland homebrewing enthusiast.

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.