BioFuel Oasis

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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Fall 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-Beekeeping Classes – Click on Class for Full Description and to Register!
October – Chicken Health – Postponed till January
October – Bee Medicine Making
October – Candlemaking with Beeswax
November – Mead Making

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, July 16th, September, November
Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt: Feb. 26th, Apr. 23rd, May 21st, August 6th
Beekeeping Through the Seasons: Mar. 5th
HANDS-ON CLASSES:
Hive Inspection Classes: Mar. 25th, Apr. 16th, May 6th, May 20th, June 4th, July 30th
Honey Harvesting Classes: June 3rd and October 1st
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: September 9th
Making Splits/Nucs: May 7th


FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CLASSES IN ORDER BY DATE

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Bee Medicine Making with Honey, Beeswax, & Propolis – Instructor Cancelled
Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 + $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. Jonah has been studying herbs and making candles since 2008 and is the founder of Narrow Bridge Candles and Passionflower Medicine.

Candlemaking with Beeswax – Instructor Cancelled
Sunday, Oct. 22nd, 2pm-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40 + $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. Jonah has been studying herbs and making candles since 2008 and is the founder of Narrow Bridge Candles and Passionflower Medicine.

Fast (but not necessarily Easy) Mead Making
Sunday, Nov. 12th, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40

Make mead that is drinkable in 1 month. Traditional meads take a year (or more) to age and be drinkable, but meads can be made much faster. This allows you to experiment with small batches, get results quickly, and repeat with a big batch of a particularly tasty recipe/honey. You will learn about yeast, what equipment you need, how to prepare must (unfermented mead), what flavors work well together, fermentation, sanitation, and bottling. You will learn how to use a hydrometer. There will be a tasting of some of Jim’s meads along the way. We will then make batches of mead in class to take home to ferment. Be warned that making meads faster requires a more complicated recipe than traditional mead and more cooking science understanding. The quick, reliable results are well worth the effort.
Instructor: Jim Veitch is a Berkeley beekeeper who has been making fast mead for the last 2 years and experimenting with different delicious recipes, including ginger, galangal, dry wine mead, and more.
OPTIONAL TAKE A BATCH OF MEAD HOME: If you want to make 1 gallon of mead in class to take home, bring 1 quart of liquid honey (not crystallized). The instructor will supply other materials: 1-gallon glass carboy, airlock and hydrometer for an optional $15 fee. Yeast (WY1388) (choice of yeast is critical to not needing to age your mead) is an extra $8 fee per 1-gallon lot. You can also assist and observe others making mead if you don’t want to make any in class.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, Nov. 12th, 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 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She is former vice-president of the Alameda Co Beekeeping Association.

Chicken Health – Postponed till January
Sunday in January/February TBA
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35

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.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday in January TBA, 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.

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.