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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Get Your Farm On: Urban Ag Classes at BioFuel Oasis

Posted By on Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 2:18 PM

click to enlarge One of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area. - KEOKI SEU/FLICKR
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  • One of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area.

BioFuel Oasis may sound like opaque corporate doublespeak (see: Deepwater Horizon), but it's actually one of the happiest little co-ops in the Bay Area. Founded in 2003, this five-person Berkeley operation specializes in making ever-useful biodiesel fuel from recycled vegetable oil. More important for you, oh aspiring DIY-er, is the host of affordable classes BioFuel Oasis is hosting in 2011.

With offerings ranging from Backyard Goats to Sourdough Cultivation, these classes are a hot commodity for anyone interested in city farming and food cultivation. So hot, in fact, that they've been filling up in a Berkeley minute. This weekend's offerings, Backyard Beekeeping and Urban Fruit Trees, are already at capacity* but here is your chance to sign up for future classes before it's too late. Still available:

Starting Tomatoes (and Other Veggies) from Seed

Sun., Feb. 27, 10 a.m.-noon.

Cost: $30

Bees 201: Beekeeping in Early Spring

Sun., Feb. 27, 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Cost: $30

Six Easy Medicinal Herbs to Grow at Home

Sun., March 6, 2-5 p.m.

Cost: $30

Backyard Beekeeping

Sun., March 20, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Cost: $35

Raising Rabbits

Sun., March 20, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: $35

All classes are at 1441 Ashby Ave. (at Sacramento) in Berkeley. To register, or for more information, visit the BioFuel Oasis website.

*There is a wait list for this weekend's classes, if you're feeling lucky.

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