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August 2021

Preparing Your Hive for Winter (Beekeeping)

August 8, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Preparing your hive for winter involves shrinking the hive down, leaving them enough food, & more!This is a 3 hour online class taught in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, Aug. 8th, 6-7:30pmPart 2: Sunday, Aug. 15th, 6-7:30pmLearn how to assess your hive health so your bees…

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Year Round Varroa Mite Management: Keeping Your Hive Healthy

August 22, 2021 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to keep your hive alive for multiple years by keeping your varroa mite levels low. This is a required class for every beekeeper.THIS CLASS WILL BE ONLINE VIA ZOOM!NOTE: this class will be in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, Aug. 22nd, 6:30pm-8pmPart 2: Sunday,…

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Summer Fruit Tree Pruning

August 28, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bancroft Community Garden, 1308 Bancroft Way
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States

Stone fruit like cherries, apricots, and plums require summer, not winter, pruning. Keep your backyard fruit trees healthy and productive.Winter only pruning encourages trees to respond with excessive growth, while summer pruning and training maintains an accessible height, and better fruiting, with less disease, getting…

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September 2021

Mead Making

September 11, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Sticky Art Lab, 1682 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703 United States

Make mead that is drinkable in one month! Traditional meads take a year (or more) to age and be drinkable, but meads can be made much fasterMake mead that is drinkable in one month! Traditional meads take a year (or more) to age and be…

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Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

September 12, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!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…

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Honey Harvesting

September 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Learn how to get honey out of the hive and into the jar!Interested in learning how honey gets from hive to jar?  This online class will include videos of the honey extraction process so you know how to do it at home. You'll learn: 3…

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Mending Matters

September 25, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Ashby Garden, 1370 Ashby
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States

Repair and reuse rather than throw away your ripped clothes with a Japanese technique of visible mending and patching. Meets in a garden.Join us outside in Ashby Community Garden to learn how to mend your clothes and well-used items. Mending is a meditative and slow-paced…

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October 2021

Botanical Drawing

October 23, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
BioFuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States

Learn the basics of botanical drawing!SusanLorraine will guide you how to deeply see plants, their flowers, and seed pods. We will start at the Biofuel Oasis parking lot, and end with a walk down to Ashby Garden. Students should bring their own drawing pad, pencil,…

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Sprouts and Microgreens 101

October 30, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
BioFuel Oasis, 1441 Ashby Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702 United States
Free

One hour 101 lesson on best practices for growing sprouts and microgreens at home!

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November 2021

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!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…

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Decorative Mending

November 14, 2021 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Berkeley Rose Waldorf School, 2515 Hillegass Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Learn even more stitches to mend your clothes in a beautiful way!If you've been mending your clothes with the simple running, or "sashiko", stitch, you might enjoy learning a few more embroidery stitches in this class to enhance your mending with more thread colors and…

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January 2022

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

January 8 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!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…

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Planning for the Year Ahead in Beekeeping

January 9 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Stay one step ahead of your bees by planning for 2022!Why Plan Ahead? One example is queen replacement. If your queen fails & the new queen doesn't mate, your hive will die. If your queen is getting old and you plan ahead, you can have…

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Swarm Prevention (Beekeeping)

January 23 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Swarm prevention begins in February and continues through June. Be prepared!The Bay Area has a particularly long swarm season.  Swarm prevention begins in February and continues through June. Be prepared! This class shows you how to keep ahead of your bees’ expansion and keep their…

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February 2022

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

February 5 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!NOTE: this class is online via Zoom in two parts:Part 1: Saturday, February 5th, 10am-11:30amPart 2: Saturday, February 12th, 10am-11:30amHoneybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on…

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Spring Management of Your Beehive: Sunday 2-Part Series

February 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to work with the bees natural growth in spring (February - June) and keep your hive healthy.NOTE: this class is online via Zoom in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, February 20th, 7pm-8:30pmPart 2: Sunday, February 27th, 7pm-8:30pmThis class will prepare you for what to…

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March 2022

Healthy Queens Masterclass (Beekeeping)

March 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Learn how to keep your queen healthy & thriving for long term hive health!We'll cover what can go wrong with your queen, how to spot it early, and what to do!Why is the queen's health important? The worker bees live for 5 weeks, so need…

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Sunday 2-Part Series: How to Split Your Beehive

March 6 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Go with the natural instinct of the bees in the spring to reproduce by splitting your hive!This class is online via Zoom in 2 parts: Sunday, March 6th, 6-8pmSunday, March 13th, 6-8pmWe will focus on two simple splits that make the most sense for backyard…

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Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

March 8 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!NOTE: this class is online via Zoom in two parts:Part 1: Tuesday, March 8th, 6:30pm-8pmPart 2: Thursday, March 10th, 6:30pm-8pmHoneybees are a joy to keep in the backyard simply for their buzzing presence and, on…

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Year Round Varroa Mite Management: Keeping Your Hive Healthy

March 20 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to keep your hive alive for multiple years by keeping your varroa mite levels low. This is a required class for every beekeeper.NOTE: this class is online via Zoom in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, March 20th, 7pm-8:30pmPart 2: Sunday, March 27th, 7pm-8:30pmThis March…

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April 2022

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

April 9 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Learn what it would take to have bees in your backyard!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…

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Hive Inspection Class (Beekeeping)

April 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive in this 2-part class!NOTE: this class will be in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, April 10th, 6pm-8pmPart 2: Sunday, April 24th, 6pm-7:30pmLearn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive and keep the bees calm!Part…

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May 2022

Year Round Varroa Mite Management: Keeping Your Hive Healthy

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to keep your hive alive for multiple years by keeping your varroa mite levels low. This is a required class for every beekeeper.NOTE: this class will be in two parts online via Zoom:Part 1: Sunday, May 8th, 7pm-8:30pmPart 2: Sunday, May 15th, 7pm-8:30pmLearn…

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Taking Care of Your Nuc

May 18 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Learn how to keep up with your nuc's growth & what to expect this year!The nucs we sell grow very quickly.  Learn how to know when to add a box and how exactly to do it.  We'll cover how much they will grow and what…

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Hive Inspection Class (Beekeeping)

May 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive in this 2-part class!NOTE: this class will be in two parts:Part 1: Sunday, May 22nd, 6pm-8pmPart 2: Sunday, May 29th, 6pm-7:30pmLearn how to do a thorough inspection of your beehive and keep the bees calm!Part…

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