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URBAN FARMING CLASSES AT BIOFUEL OASIS

BioFuel Oasis is excited to announce its urban farm class series for Winter 2018! We specialize in hands-on, seasonally appropriate classes designed to empower people.

We have a comprehensive Beekeeping Education Program. Click here for a description.

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Short List of Non-Beekeeping Classes – Click on Class for Full Description and to Register!
Feb. 18th, 2-4:30pm – Chicken Health
Feb. 24th, 9-10:30am – Growing Food 101: Planting Your Garden
Feb. 25th, 1-3pm – Mend Your Clothes and Make Them Last!
Mar. 24th, 9-10:30am – Growing Food 101: Garden Maintenance

Short List of 2018 Beekeeping Classes – Click on Date for Full Description and to Register!
LECTURE CLASSES:
Backyard Beekeeping: Jan. 21st, Feb. 11th, Mar. 11th, Apr. 15th
Swarm Prevention Part 1: Preventing & Catching Swarms Jan. 21st
Swarm Prevention Part 2: The Basics of Splitting Your Hive Jan. 28th, Mar. 4th
Swarm Prevention Part 3: The Details of Splitting Your Hive Jan. 28th, Mar. 4th
Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt: Feb. 4th, Mar. 18th, Apr. 22th
HANDS-ON CLASSES:
Hive Inspection Classes: Mar. 3rd, Mar. 17th, Apr. 8th, Apr. 21st
Honey Harvesting Classes: April 22nd and September
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: September


FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CLASSES IN ORDER BY DATE
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Growing Food 101: Planting Your Garden
Saturday, Feb. 24th, 9-10:30am
Location: BioFuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Ave., Berkeley
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Growing Food 101: Planting Your Garden is the second class of a three part series that spans three months (one class each month). Session 2: Planting Your Garden will cover food safety, soil structure, building raised vegetable beds, and setting up irrigation systems and watering strategies. You’ll learn everything you need to know to structure your edible garden for success.

This class can stand alone or you can sign up for all three classes. If you’d like to sign up for all three at once, please call the BioFuel Oasis or come into our store to pay; we’ll give you a $15 discount on the total ($5 off each class)!

All three classes will take place at the BioFuel Oasis. You will get to do some hands-on work at the end of each session in our large planters and check the progress of your work in the next class.
Instructor: Stefani Bittner is the owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Homestead provides design, installation, and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, floristry and composting services. Homestead Design Collective recently designed and installed the new test gardens for Sunset Magazine. Stefani is the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017). Her work has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine, Time Magazine, Modern Farmer, and more.

Mend Your Clothes and Make Them Last!
Sunday, Feb. 25th, 1-3pm
Location: Berkeley Rose School, 2515 Hillegass Avenue, Berkeley
Cost: $30
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This class will cover a variety of mending techniques that will make your clothes last longer and become more personal at the same time! We will discuss a good starter sewing kit and go on to learn three fundamental mending techniques to clothing: sturdy patching, sashiko stitching, and repairing a straight slash in fabric. We will incorporate the Japanese technique of Boro, an age-old patching of worn fabric. We will practice patching up denim so you can leave confident and ready to give those old jeans a creative and functional flair. Once you have learned these basics, you will be able to keep wearing the clothing you love until the next mend!
Instructor: Judith has taught handwork for many years, both at the East Bay Waldorf School and independently. She teaches pine needle basketry, tapestry weaving, and the art of Boro.

Hive Inspection Class
Saturday, March 3rd, noon – 2:30pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland.
Cost: $35
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Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, and uncapped & capped honey. 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. Perhaps most important, you will learn what not to do, as it riles the bees, and instead how to keep them calm and mellow. Rainy weather will postpone this class. If you are a new beekeeper, we recommend you take this class along with the Intro to Backyard Beekeeping and the Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt classes.
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. She pays close attention to her bees and is constantly learning. When she gets stung or riles up her bees, she adds it to knowledge base of things not to do in the future.

The Basics of Making Splits
Sunday, March 4th, 10am-noon
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
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Learn how to work with the bees as they expand in the spring and make successful splits. Splitting your hive is the number one thing you can do to reduce the varroa mite population. It also enables you to have 2-3 hives so you have more flexibility in helping out a weak hive. We will cover how bees make new queens, the timeline of queen mating, and how to make a couple basic splits. Best if you can take the Details of Making Splits class at 1pm as well.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She keeps up with her bees’ growth in early spring and splits her hives every year around April 1st (& sometimes a second time at the end of May). Her bees haven’t swarmed in 10+ years, though all her current hives come from swarms she caught.

The Details of Making Splits
Sunday, March 4, 1-3pm
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
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This class will go into more details of making splits and nucs, including specific splits that work well, what can go wrong and how to fix it, and which months/timing works best. We will go into detail on a specific split that reduces varroa mites on both sides of the split. In order to make certain splits, you will need to be able to spot your queen, so we will go over tips for learning how to see your queen. If you haven’t made a split before, we recommend taking the morning class on The Basics of Making Splits in addition to this class. If you’ve made splits before, you can take this class alone.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She keeps up with her bees’ growth in early spring and splits her hives every year around April 1st (& sometimes a second time at the end of May). Her bees haven’t swarmed in 10+ years, though all her current hives come from swarms she caught.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, March 11th, 9am-noon
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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 from the hive. Learn 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, what the bees need, and what you need to learn/do to keep your bees healthy. There will be local honey to try. We recommend that if you do get bees, that you also take our hive inspection class and year round varroa mite management.
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.

Hive Inspection Class
Saturday, March 17th, noon – 2:30pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland.
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, and uncapped & capped honey. 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. Perhaps most important, you will learn what not to do, as it riles the bees, and instead how to keep them calm and mellow. Rainy weather will postpone this class. If you are a new beekeeper, we recommend you take this class along with the Intro to Backyard Beekeeping and the Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt classes.
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. She pays close attention to her bees and is constantly learning. When she gets stung or riles up her bees, she adds it to knowledge base of things not to do in the future.

Year Round Varroa Mite Management aka How to Have Your Hive Survive the Winter
Sunday, March 18th, 6-8pm
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Varroa mites are a major threat to bees. If mite level gets too high, your hive can die within 2 months from the many different viruses that the mites transmit. Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. The instructor will demonstrate detection and preventative measures, so you will be prepared to do it in your own hive in the next couple months. We will cover the sugar roll test, organic treatment methods like drone comb frames, oxalic & formic acid treatment, and caging the queen. If you have an overwintered hive, we recommend you take the two splits classes, so you learn how to split your hive in the spring in a way that reduces varroa mites.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. After her hives died in 2010/2011 from varroa mites, she has been tracking and managing mite levels and successfully overwintering hives multiple years.

Growing Food 101: Garden Maintenance
Saturday, Mar. 24th, 9-10:30am
Location: BioFuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Ave., Berkeley
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Growing Food 101: Garden Maintenance is the third class of a three part series that spans three months (one class each month). In Session 3: Garden Maintenance we will discuss how you can make the most of your garden for a lifetime to come. We’ll cover maintenance, secession planting, organic pest management, trouble-shooting water issues, harvesting, and maximizing food and enjoyment from your edible garden. We’ll also talk about incorporating bees, backyard chickens, and pets into an edible garden space.

This class can stand alone or you can sign up for all three classes. If you’d like to sign up for all three at once, please call the BioFuel Oasis or come into our store to pay; we’ll give you a $15 discount on the total ($5 off each class)!

All three classes will take place at the BioFuel Oasis. You will get to do some hands-on work at the end of each session in our large planters and check the progress of your work in the next class.
Instructor: Stefani Bittner is the owner of Homestead Design Collective, a San Francisco Bay Area landscape design firm focused on creating beautiful gardens that provide harvest. Homestead provides design, installation, and full-service organic maintenance, harvesting, bee keeping, floristry and composting services. Homestead Design Collective recently designed and installed the new test gardens for Sunset Magazine. Stefani is the co-author of The Beautiful Edible Garden (Ten Speed Press, 2013) and Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Plants (Ten Speed Press, 2017). Her work has been featured in San Francisco Chronicle, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, Sunset Magazine, Food & Wine, Time Magazine, Modern Farmer, and more.

Hive Inspection Class
Sunday, April 8th, 11am – 1:30pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland.
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, and uncapped & capped honey. 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. Perhaps most important, you will learn what not to do, as it riles the bees, and instead how to keep them calm and mellow. Rainy weather will postpone this class. If you are a new beekeeper, we recommend you take this class along with the Intro to Backyard Beekeeping and the Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt classes.
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. She pays close attention to her bees and is constantly learning. When she gets stung or riles up her bees, she adds it to knowledge base of things not to do in the future.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, April 15, 9am-noon
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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 from the hive. Learn 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, what the bees need, and what you need to learn/do to keep your bees healthy. There will be local honey to try. We recommend that if you do get bees, that you also take our hive inspection class and year round varroa mite management.
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.

Hive Inspection Class
Saturday, April 21st, 11am – 1:30pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland.
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive! We will cover all the tools and how to use them correctly. We will go into a hive and show what everything looks like: eggs, larvae, capped worker/drone brood, and uncapped & capped honey. 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. Perhaps most important, you will learn what not to do, as it riles the bees, and instead how to keep them calm and mellow. Rainy weather will postpone this class. If you are a new beekeeper, we recommend you take this class along with the Intro to Backyard Beekeeping and the Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt classes.
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. She pays close attention to her bees and is constantly learning. When she gets stung or riles up her bees, she adds it to knowledge base of things not to do in the future.

Honey Harvesting
Sunday, April 22, 9am-11am
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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 video of how she removes the frames of honeycomb from her hives. You’ll learn tips and tricks for honey harvesting. Taste two different backyard honeys and go home with a small sample of this delicious honey you help harvest. You don’t have to keep bees to take this class. It’s also for the honey-lover or the bee-curious!
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. She has two hives in Oakland and one in Orinda.

Year Round Varroa Mite Management aka How to Have Your Hive Survive the Winter
Sunday, April 22, 6-8pm
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Varroa mites are a major threat to bees. If mite level gets too high, your hive can die within 2 months from the many different viruses that the mites transmit. Learn what to do each season to keep mite levels low and your bees thriving. The instructor will demonstrate detection and preventative measures, so you will be prepared to do it in your own hive in the next couple months. We will cover the sugar roll test, organic treatment methods like drone comb frames, oxalic & formic acid treatment, and caging the queen. If you have an overwintered hive, we recommend you take the two splits classes, so you learn how to split your hive in the spring in a way that reduces varroa mites.
Instructor: Jennifer Radtke has been keeping bees in her backyard for 13 years, and has developed the beekeeping education program at the Oasis. After her hives died in 2010/2011 from varroa mites, she has been tracking and managing mite levels and successfully overwintering hives multiple years.

Mushroom Cultivation
Sunday in March 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.