BioFuel Oasis



BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Summer 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!
September – Mushroom Cultivation

Short List of 2017 Beekeeping Classes – Click on Date for Full Description and to Register!
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
Hive Inspection Classes: Mar. 25th, Apr. 16th, May 6th, May 20th, June 4th, July 30th
Honey Harvesting Classes: June 3rd and October
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: September
Making Splits/Nucs: May 7th


Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, July 16th, 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.

Hands-On Hive Inspection Class
Sunday, July 30th, 11am-1:30pm
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, August 6th, 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.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday in Septmeber 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.

IMG_0599Honey Harvesting
Date to be announced in October.
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 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.

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.