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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Spring 2017! 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!
April 23rd – Mushroom Cultivation
April 23rd – Intro to Fermentation
April 30th – Chicken Health

Short List of 2017 Beekeeping Classes – Click on Date for Full Description and to Register!
LECTURE CLASSES:
Backyard Beekeeping: Feb. 12th, Mar. 12th, Apr. 9th, May 14th,
Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt: Feb. 26th, Apr. 23rd, May 21st
Beekeeping Through the Seasons: Mar. 5th
HANDS-ON CLASSES:
Hive Inspection Classes: Mar. 25th, Apr. 16th, May 6th, May 20th
Honey Harvesting Classes: June 3rd and October
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: September
Making Splits/Nucs: May 7th


FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CLASSES IN ORDER BY DATE

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Introduction to Fermentation – CANCELLED
Sunday, April 23rd, 10am-12:30pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35

The art of fermentation enhances, and preserves, the foods and flavors of the season, while making whole foods even more nutritious. In this introductory class, you will learn the why and how of fermentation, taste a variety of seasonal ferments, and set up two simple fermentation projects to take home. Nishanga will help you crack the fermentation code to reap multiple health and culinary benefits!
Instructor: Nishanga Bliss, D.Sc., L.Ac, is a holistic doctor practicing in the East Bay who has been teaching aspiring fermenters for over a decade. Visit her website to check out her classes and webinars. She is the author of the Real Food All Year: Eating Seasonal Whole Foods for Optimal Health and All-Day Energy, from New Harbinger Press.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday, April 23rd, 2-5pm – POSTPONED till Sunday, May 21st, 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! Wood chips will be available for sale.
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.

Year Round Varroa Mite Management aka How to Have Your Hive Survive the Winter – CANCELLED!
Sunday, Apr. 23rd, 6pm-8pm
Class size: Limited to 12 people
Location: Instructor’s cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30

Varroa mites and the viruses they transmit are a major threat to bees. Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. We will have all the equipment there to demo the sugar roll test, drone comb frames, robbing screens, and Mite Away strips. Keeping the mite levels in your hive low will not only enable your bees to survive multiple winters in maximum health, but also help all the bees in your neighborhood.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke. See bio here.

img_0997Chicken Health Class
Sunday, April 30th, 2-4pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $30

Learn how to examine your chicken and what to look for if they are acting sick or hurt. The instructor will bring one of her chickens to demo on. We’ll cover the most common health problems and what to keep in your flock first aid kit for holistic and traditional care. We’ll discuss prevention through nutrition and mixing your own feed and feed supplements. We’ll also talk about predators, bio-security, and behavioral issues in order to answer your most pressing chicken questions.
Instructor: Jacquelyn Frost has been raising and training animals of all shapes and sizes for over 20 years, with chickens being her latest adventure. She has been known to direct unsuspecting conversation partners into talking about backyard chicken keeping.

IMG_0555Hands-On Hive Inspection Class
Saturday, May 6th, Noon-2:30pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley or Oakland
Cost: $35

Learn how simple it is to do a thorough hive inspection! Whether you’ve never gone down into your brood boxes before or are a new beekeeper this year, this is a great class to learn what everything looks like in your hive and how to use all the tools properly to least upset the bees (read: not get stung). 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. This is a great second class to take (after Backyard Beekeeping) to get real experience with the bees present.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke. See bio here.

Making Splits & Nucs
Sunday, May 7th, 1-4pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley/Oakland
Cost: $40

It’s helpful to have two (or more) hives in your backyard; you can help out a weaker hive with resources from a stronger hive and you learn a lot more seeing the differences between the hives. Bees multiple easily in the spring when given the chance. Splitting a hive in spring is the number one thing you can do to reduce varroa mites in your hive. It also is a great way to prevent your hive from swarming. We’ll teach you how to successfully 1) split an overwintered hive and 2) make a nuc (small 5-frame hive) from an overwintered hive. Part of the class will be hands-on where we make the split/nuc with backyard bees.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke. See bio here.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, May 14th, 3-6pm
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 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Hands-On Hive Inspection Class
Saturday, May 20th, Noon-2:30pm
Location: Backyard hive in Berkeley or Oakland
Cost: $35

Learn how simple it is to do a thorough hive inspection! Whether you’ve never gone down into your brood boxes before or are a new beekeeper this year, this is a great class to learn what everything looks like in your hive and how to use all the tools properly to least upset the bees (read: not get stung). 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. This is a great second class to take (after Backyard Beekeeping) to get real experience with the bees present.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke. See bio here.

Year Round Varroa Mite Management aka How to Have Your Hive Survive the Winter
Sunday, May 21st, 6pm-8pm
Class size: Limited to 12 people
Location: Instructor’s cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30

Varroa mites and the viruses they transmit are a major threat to bees. Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. We will have all the equipment there to demo the sugar roll test, drone comb frames, robbing screens, and Mite Away strips. Keeping the mite levels in your hive low will not only enable your bees to survive multiple winters in maximum health, but also help all the bees in your neighborhood.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke. See bio here.

IMG_0599Honey Harvesting
Saturday, June 3rd, 10am-noon
Class size: Limited to 12 people
Location: Instructor’s cottage in Oakland
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. See bio here.

How to Build a Simple Composting Toilet in Your Garden
Postponed till spring 2017, 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.