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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!
Jan. 20th, 2:30-5pm – Plant Medicine: Herbal Care for Grief, Heartbreak, and Resiliency
Jan. 21st, 10am-1pm – Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Jan. 21st, 2-5pm – Everything You Need to Know About Backyard Chickens
Jan. 27th, 9-10:30am – Growing Food 101: Getting Your Garden Started
Feb. 18th, 2-4:30pm – Chicken Health
Feb. 24th, 9-10:30am – Growing Food 101: Planting Your Garden
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
Swarm Prevention Part 1: Preventing & Catching Swarms Jan. 21st
Swarm Prevention Part 2: The Basics of Splitting Your Hive Jan. 28th
Swarm Prevention Part 3: The Details of Splitting Your Hive Jan. 28th
Year Round Varroa Mite Mgmt: Feb 4th
Beekeeping Through the Seasons: March
HANDS-ON CLASSES:
Hive Inspection Classes: March/April TBA
Honey Harvesting Classes: June and October
Preparing Your Hive for Winter Classes: September


FULL DESCRIPTIONS OF ALL CLASSES IN ORDER BY DATE

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Plant Medicine: Herbal Care for Grief, Heartbreak, and Resiliency
Saturday, Jan. 20th, 2:30-5pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40
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Herbs can be a powerful support in times of grief and heartbreak, and in moments of collective loss, herbs can help us to get grounded to do the work of response. In this workshop we will will talk about the healing aspects of a number of plants that are common to the Bay Area, explore ways to use them, and create herbal remedies to take home. If you have been feeling overwhelmed by sadness or loss, or would like to learn and share new tools with those you love, come learn about these supportive plants as well as creative ways to integrate plant medicine into your life and work. This class is intended for all knowledge levels of plant medicine, from beginners to pros!
Instructor: Finn Oakes is a writer, educator and clinical herbalist who studies energetic herbalism with Karyn Sanders and Sarah Holmes at the Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine. Finn is also co-owner of Steadfast Herbs, a local medicine growing project that provides an herbal CSA and a line of herbal remedies for preventative and holistic care. Learning to be in relationship with plants has had a profound impact on Finn’s life and health and they currently live across from the Redwoods in Pescadero, CA. finnoakes.com

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, Jan. 21st, 10am-1pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $40
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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.

Winter Fruit Tree Pruning
Sunday, Jan. 21st, 10am-1pm
Location: Instructor’s Backyard in Berkeley
Cost: $40
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This class will be taught in a large Berkeley garden with over 20 different fruit trees to practice on. We will cover which varieties do well in the area, as well as purchasing good trees, pruning in youth, on-going pruning, and natural approaches to common disease and insect issues. Our goal will be to gain confidence in our ability to take care of productive, healthy, and aesthetically pleasing trees. This is a hands on class, and participants will have an opportunity to make some cuts with instructor supervision.
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 15 years, and is extremely passionate about growing her own food.

Everything You Need To Know About Backyard Chickens
Sunday, Jan. 21st, 2-5pm
Location: Backyard in Berkeley/Oakland
Cost: $40
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From setting up a brooder for baby chicks to the essentials of water, feed, and coop requirements for a thriving backyard flock, this class will prepare you for what you need to know! Having chickens is very rewarding, but it can feel daunting to get started. We will go over many topics for setting up and keeping your chickens happy and healthy including: planning your coop, protecting against predators, winter time care, best breeds, nutrition, and optimum egg production.
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.

Swarm Prevention Part 1: Preventing & Catching Swarms
Sunday, Jan. 21st, 6-8pm
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
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Swarm prevention begins the first week in February and continues throughout the spring. Be prepared! This class shows you how to keep ahead of your bees’ expansion and keep their broodnest open, so they don’t swarm. This class will touch upon organizing your hive (e.g. where to move frames so they get the honey capped quickly, so you don’t have a multitude of uncapped honey). Lastly, we’ll briefly cover how to catch a swarm. This class is meant to be taken as part of the 3-Part Swarm Prevention series, but you can take single classes if you can’t make all three.
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.

Growing Food 101: Getting Your Garden Started
Saturday, Jan. 27th, 9-10:30am
Location: BioFuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Ave., Berkeley
Cost: $35
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Growing Food 101: Getting Your Garden Started is the first class of a three part series that spans three months (one class each month). Session 1: Getting Started 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 at 510-665-5509 or come into our store to pay; we’ll give you a $15 discount on the total ($5 off each class)!
You will get to do some hands-on work at the end of each session in our large planters at the BioFuel Oasis 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.

Swarm Prevention Part 2: The Basics of Making Splits
Sunday, Jan. 28th, 3-5pm
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. This class is meant to be taken as part of the 3-Part Swarm Prevention series, but you can take single classes if you can’t make all three.
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.

Swarm Prevention Part 3: The Details of Making Splits
Sunday, Jan. 28th, 6-8pm
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. This class is meant to be taken as part of the 3-Part Swarm Prevention series, but you can take single classes if you can’t make all three.
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.

Year Round Varroa Mite Management aka How to Have Your Hive Survive the Winter
Sunday, Feb. 4th, 10am-noon
Location: Instructor’s Cottage in Oakland
Cost: $30
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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 Swarm Prevention 3 part series 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.

Backyard Beekeeping
Sunday, Feb. 11th, 10am-1pm
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 (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
Sunday, February 18th, 2-4:30pm
Location: Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Ave (at McGee), Berkeley
Cost: $35
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

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.

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.

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.

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.