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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!


How So Many Fruits Came to Grow on the West Coast with John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens

Pollinate Farm & Garden

2727 Fruitvale Avenue

Oakland, CA

94601

How So Many Fruits Came to Grow on the West Coast with John Valenzuela, owner of Cornucopia Food Forest Gardens
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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 5, 2014 at 6:30PM
  • General $20.00

    (Plus a service fee of $1.69 and a venue fee of $0.00)

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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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$40 – Register early and save $5!
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 9, 2014 at 11:00AM
  • General $40.00

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