|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
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
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.
Sunday in October to be announced.
Location: The Mushroom Maestros, 732 26th Street, Oakland, CA 95457
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
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!
We have low-income and work-trade spots available. Please inquire if you would like to apply for one.
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.