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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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Hands-On Drip Irrigation Workshop with Mele Water Works

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

Hands-On Drip Irrigation Workshop with Mele Water Works
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Now, more than ever, every drop of water is precious. Drip irrigation is a practical and responsible way to provide water to our edibles and ornamentals.

Water is a hot topic these days. Are you vexed by OD, ID, PSI and GPM? Join us on April 29 when we welcome Mele Water Works for a hands-on workshop on all things drip. Following a talk on the fundamentals of drip irrigation, we’ll learn how all the pieces work together by installing a working irrigation system out in the Pollinate orchard. Bring your burning questions.

In addition to a boost of irrigation confidence, participants will receive an irrigation tip sheet and a 10% discount on irrigation supplies.

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With over 17 years experience in the Bay Area, Mele Water Works (MWW) custom designs, installs and retrofits systems to save water for the present and the future. Their systems provide solutions that compliment new and existing landscapes, orchards and edible gardens while reducing water. MWW also offers water conservation strategies, including rainwater catchment and greywater systems. They are located in Oakland.

    Prices for April 29, 2015 at 5:30PM
  • General $50.00

    (Plus a service fee of $2.74 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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Spring is here, and the hives are booming!

Are you new to bees? Are you considering keeping hives of your own this year, but unsure what it takes to handle them? If so, then this popular hands-on class is for you!

Seasoned Beekeeper Alan Kramer will cover all you need to know to get started with your own backyard Langstroth hive. The benefits of beekeeping are many! Not only are honeybees efficient pollinators for your garden fruits, veggies and flowers; backyard
beekeepers also reap the sweet rewards of honey to eat, wax for soaps, candles and crafting as well as medicinal propolis and pollen products!

In this workshop you will learn about the history of beekeeping; types of hives; hive placement; necessary tools and equipment; safety considerations; the honeybee life cycle; the beekeeper’s year; how and where to get bees; and threats to the honeybees worldwide. Following the lecture, discussion and Q&A, we will suit up and head out to the Pollinate orchard to see the bees in action! You’ll help do a hands-on hive inspection, so you’ll learn what to look for and experience what it’s really like to work with a hive. After our inspection, we will head back to the classroom for some honey tasting!

Participants will 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

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

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