BioFuel Oasis

Classes

URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to be announce its urban farm class series for Spring 2015! We’ll be announcing our Fall Classes by the end of June! 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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wheelbarrowBee Hive Inspection
Sunday, July 19, 1-3pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland
Cost: $30

Learn how simple it is to do a thorough hive inspection! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, capped honey, and pollen. You’ll learn how to assess if your hive is the right size for the amount of bees and if you have a fertile, laying queen.
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.

Putting the Squeeze on Varroa Mites!
Sunday, August 23, 1 – 4pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland
Cost: $40

In August 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 former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

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.

Honey Harvesting
September Date to be announced.
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.

Backyard Beekeeping
Date to be announced in September and November.
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 former 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.