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 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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wheelbarrowPutting 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.

Aquaponics
Sunday, September 13th, 10am-1pm
Location: Backyard in Oakland
Cost: $40

Aquaponics 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.

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.

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.

Backyard Beekeeping
Date to be announced in November.
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.

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.