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Register for Pollinate Classes and Events

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New to home and community-based urban agriculture and foodcrafting? Want to meet the experts? Pollinate Farm & Garden hosts a speaker series and hands-on DIY workshops on a variety of topics. Classes are held in our community meeting and learning space, in our garden, or at another site as indicated.  Learn more about our instructors, or become one yourself!


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Beekeeping 101

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Beekeeper and Breeder Alan Karmer
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NEW DATE!
New to beekeeping or just want to understand more about what’s involved before plunging in? Curious about all the buzz, why bees need our help and how you can get involved? Join us for an Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Alameda County Beekeepers Association member and local hobbyist beekeeper and bee breeder Alan Kramer.

Learn the basics of backyard beekeeping in this popular class! Topics include common hive types, tools and safety equipment, hive maintenance and a hands-on hive inspection. Participants will have an opportunity to taste local honey and receive 10% off our basic safety accessories starter kit.

Instructor Bio: Alan Kramer is a small-scale hobbyist beekeeper and bee breeder in the Berkeley Hills close to Tilden Park, where he has been involved in beekeeping ever since a swarm chose a pine tree in his backyard to bivouac on more than 5 springs ago… Over the past 5 years, Alan has created close to 100 splits and bred well over 100 queens in his effort to make a small-scale source of locally-adapted open-bred queens and nucs available to the local East Bay beekeeping community.

    Prices for November 15, 2014 at 11:00AM

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Fruit Stories: How Great Fruit Diversity Blossomed on the West Coast

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Fruit Stories: How Great Fruit Diversity Blossomed on the West Coast
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NEW DATE!

Fruitvale? Cherryland? What’s in a name? Join horticulturalist and raconteur John Valenzuela as we talk fruit! From native fruits enjoyed by original peoples for thousands of years, to Spanish missionary and early pioneer introductions from around the world, to modern bred hybrid fruits we will hear the stories of how all those fruits got here to California, how we can enjoy them today, and explore our role in preserving them for future generations.

Instructor Bio: John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, educator, and ‘fruit enthusiast’ who is the principal of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens, and serves as the chairperson of the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers.

    Prices for November 12, 2014 at 6:30PM


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Goats 101: Raising Goats in Your Backyard

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Goats 101: Raising Goats in Your Backyard
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Caprine Curious? If you’ve ever considered raising goats, this is a great class to get you started!

Come learn the ins, outs, ups, downs, and nitty gritty truth about keeping goats in an urban setting.

In this hand-on workshop, we will discuss the basic requirements for raising goats including appropriate breeds for small spaces, food, water, shelter, health care, herd management, neighbor relations and local laws. You will get to meet a few goats and even try your hand at milking! You’ll also see how to give a vaccine shot and trim hooves.

Instructor Bio: Kitty Sharkey an urban homesteader, consultant, and educator who believes that “You don’t have to move to change the place you live.” After purchasing a foreclosed home in East Oakland, she began the process of transforming an empty yard into an urban oasis. She has since become a master of small space design and utilization, packing an entire urban farm into her 2,000 square foot back and side yards. Focusing on livestock, Kitty raises goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, quail, and honeybees. She also practices raised bed and container gardening with an emphasis on utilizing vertical space and water conservation. Aside from typical homesteading activities like gardening, preserving, cheese making, baking and brewing, Kitty also enjoys fishing and foraging for mushrooms and other wild edibles.

    Prices for November 16, 2014 at 11:00AM


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DIY Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop with Pollinate Farm & Garden and Outdoor Afro

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

DIY Holiday Wreathmaking Workshop with Pollinate Farm & Garden and Outdoor Afro
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Make a beautiful wreath or ornament to hang on your door or in your home! Join Pollinate Farm & Garden and Outdoor Afro as we explore our creative side for the Winter Holidays! We will be making wreaths and ornaments from fresh greens, fruits, herbs, seeds and other fragrant materials. Bring your own gloves and pruners. This is a family-friendly workshop. Be prepared to flaunt your festive creativity!

Pollinate Farm & Garden is an urban homestead emporium located in the heart of Oakland. Pollinate encourages and supports home- and community-based food production by providing supplies for seed-to-table organic farming and gardening, food preservation, small scale livestock raising and beekeeping. Pollinate Farm & Garden teaches the “hows” and “whys” of DIY Food.

Outdoor Afro is a social community that reconnects African-Americans with natural spaces and one another through recreational activities such as camping, hiking, biking, birding, fishing, gardening, skiing and more! Outdoor Afro disrupts the false perception that black people do not have a relationship with nature, and works to shift the visual representation of who can connect with the outdoors.

    Prices for December 6, 2014 at 10:00AM
  • Children under 12 $10.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.34 and a venue fee of $0.00)

  • General $25.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.87 and a venue fee of $0.00)

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Real Food Fermentation with fermentation expert and author Alex Lewin

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Real Food Fermentation with fermentation expert and author Alex Lewin
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New to Fermentation? The process of fermentation transforms food, adding flavor and making it more nutritious. Fermented foods include sauerkraut, cheese, beer, vinegar, kombucha, and many more. Please join fermentation expert and author Alex Lewin for a fermentation talk, demo, and tasting. Taste sauerkraut, fermented cole slaw, and beet kvass (fermented beet juice). Watch them being made, and learn how to make them at home. Bring any questions you have about ingredients, technique, flavor, equipment, or anything else! Participants will receive 10% off all fermentation supplies following the workshop, and Alex will also be on hand to sign his book.

Alex Lewin is the author of “Real Food Fermentation: Preserving Whole Fresh Food with Live Cultures in Your Home Kitchen”, the first fermentation book with step-by-step photographs specifically designed for home cooks. He regularly teaches workshops on fermentation and related topics.

A graduate of Harvard, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Alex seeks to create a healthier and tastier world by spreading the word about fermentation and real food. He is at home in Boston and in the Bay Area.

    Prices for December 10, 2014 at 6:30PM