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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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Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop with John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Fruit Tree Grafting Workshop with John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens
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Learn the art and science of fruit tree grafting! If you attended the California Rare Fruit Grower’s Scion exchange earlier this year, then you know the value of collecting scions for spring grafting to expand the varieties of fruit available in your backyard orchard. Now it the time! Our mild winter weather means that many trees have awakened early, and are ready to graft.

In this hands-on workshop, you will learn the “hows” and “whys” of fruit tree grafting. After learning some basic theory about tree culture, techniques and tools, we will head out to the Pollinate orchard and learn to graft onto an established fruit tree. We will also have premium bareroot fruit trees for sale onto which you can graft your collected scions or buds. Students will leave the workshop with the knowledge and confidence to make it work, and will receive 33% off our premium bare root trees and 10% off grafting tools and supplies.

Instructor Bio: John Valenzuela is a horticulturist, consultant, and educator specializing in fruit trees and food forests, working throughout the Bay Area. He also serves as chairperson for the Golden Gate Chapter of the California Rare Fruit Growers. He is owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens.

    Prices for February 22, 2015 at 11:00AM


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DIY Citrus Marmalade: Seasonal Preserving with Shakirah Simley

Dimond Park Kitchen near Pollinate Farm & Garden

3860 Hanly Road

Oakland, CA

94602

DIY Citrus Marmalade: Seasonal Preserving with Shakirah Simley
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Marmalade season is upon us! Backyard trees and farmer’s markets are exploding with a plethora of beautiful citrus, and it’s time to preserve it for the year ahead. Join Pollinate Farm & Garden as we welcome expert preserver and Bi-Rite Market’s Canner-in-Residence, Shakirah Simley for a hands-on class as we tackle one of the trickiest preserves best done in a friendly group! Over 3 hours we’ll chop and juice, slice and simmer until we get lovely jars of tart and sweet fruit.

We’ll start with a citrus tasting to learn the best types for preserving and then get to work on preparing, cooking and jarring a commercial pectin-free marmalade. We’ll also enjoy a seasonal snack during our Q&A break. Participants will take home recipe packets, samples of our in-class concoctions and a boost of canning confidence. Bring a sharp knife, apron, closed toe shoes and canning questions (and a friend!).

About Shakirah:
Shakirah Simley is the Community Coordinator and Canner-in-Residence for the Bi-Rite Family Businesses. She wears a number of hats including: developing jams and preserves for its PUBLIC Label line, cooking instructor at 18 Reasons (its educational arm) and is in charge of giving and community outreach, with a penchant for programs that support youth empowerment and increase access to healthy food. Before arriving on 18th Street, Shakirah attended the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received her Master’s degree and studied under Italian canners. She was recently named one of Zagat’s “30 under 30: SF Bay Area Up and Comers.” She loves to talk food justice, policy, jamming, school food and the perfect cappuccino.

    Prices for March 1, 2015 at 2:00PM


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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 March 15, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $35.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.22 and a venue fee of $0.00)

City Chickens 101 with East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

City Chickens 101 with East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist
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Need chicken advice? New to chickens? Chicken curious? Join Pollinate Farm & Garden for City Chickens 101 with East Bay SPCA President and CEO Allison Lindquist.

Discover how easy it is to raise chickens in your own backyard! Chickens not only make entertaining and fun companions, they come with the added benefit of great tasting eggs and a constant supply of fertilizer!

Beginner Topics will include breed selection, feeding, coop requirements, daily care, common issues, and caring for chicks. Seasoned chicken whisperers are also welcome to bring your questions.

And of course, Pollinate Farm & Garden will have a variety of popular chick breeds available.

Allison Lindquist is President/CEO of the East Bay SPCA. She has spent over twenty years in the field of animal welfare. Prior to joining the East Bay SPCA in 2006, Allison served as Assistant Director for ten years with the Oakland Zoo. Her work experience also includes ten years as manager in the securities/financial field in both Boston and SF, and two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya. She holds a BA in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. Allison’s pack at home includes rescued Great Danes, Chihuahuas and a pit bull; four alpacas, and way too many very spoiled chickens.

    Prices for March 21, 2015 at 10:30AM
  • General $5.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.17 and a venue fee of $0.00)

Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control 101 with Laura Nicoletti

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Beneficial Insects: Ecological Pest Control 101 with Laura Nicoletti
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When it comes to gardening, insects aren’t always pests. In fact, some insects, called “beneficials,” are actually a boon to gardeners. They prey on the pesky insects that gardeners don’t want, and they help to pollinate flowers and maintain soil health. This workshop will focus on the world of insects and their importance for watershed ecology, healthy gardens and the natural world. Topics covered will include the benefits of conservation biological control — a technique for integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control — and enhancing garden habitats with the right plant selection to attract beneficial insects.

Botanist Laura Nicoletti is the founder of the sustainable garden design company For A Greener Living, located in Mill Valley, California. A Bay-Friendly Qualified Landscape Professional, she loves to teach her clients how to become stewards of the environment around them, cultivating sustainable gardens. She is also a Marin County Master Gardener, and member of the Marin Master Gardeners Pruning Guild. She earned a certificate in Sustainable Landscaping from Sonoma State University and received her Permaculture Design Certification from the Regenerative Design Institute in Bolinas, CA. A former chef and caterer, Laura is a native of Venice, Italy, and loves to use fresh ingredients from her edible garden in her cooking.

    Prices for March 22, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $15.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.52 and a venue fee of $0.00)


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Hands-On Garden Tool Sharpening and Maintenance with Blacksmith Grant Marcoux

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Hands-On Garden Tool Sharpening and Maintenance with Blacksmith Grant Marcoux
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The quality of garden tools is highly variable, and construction methods determine the price point. But price does not always reflect quality! Gardening is manual labor and can be very demanding. Knowing how to use and care for tools will reduce the amount of wear and tear on your body. A sharp, well maintained tool will be safer and easier to use, and cause less fatigue. In this hands-on workshop, we will discuss construction, selection and care for shears, shovels, axes, machetes, hoes, cultivators, weeders and more! Learn what goes into the construction of a quality tool, and how to care of it so that it will last a lifetime or more. Class space is limited, so enroll early. Bring your tools and get them ready for Spring gardening!

Instructor’s Bio: After retiring from a career in law enforcement, Canada native Grant Marcoux began a new career as a blacksmith. In addition to creating beautiful and practical metal works in his shop, Pilgrim Soul Forge, Grant repairs and sharpens knives and agricultural hand tools. Grant is blessed with a wonderful sense of humor, a fine aesthetic and an appreciation for quality. An urban farmer who now resides in Alameda, Grant grows vegetables, berries, several fruit trees, and keeps chickens and bees.

    Prices for March 29, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $25.00

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


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Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Beekeeper and Breeder Alan Karmer
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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 Pollinate Farm & Garden 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.

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 April 12, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $40.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.39 and a venue fee of $0.00)


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Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Beekeeper and Breeder Alan Karmer
Show Full Description
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 Pollinate Farm & Garden 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.

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 April 12, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $40.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.39 and a venue fee of $0.00)

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Beekeeping 101 – Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Introduction to Backyard Beekeeping with Beekeeper and Breeder Alan Karmer
Show Full Description
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 Pollinate Farm & Garden 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.

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 October 18, 2015 at 11:00AM
  • General $40.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.39 and a venue fee of $0.00)