DIY & Classes

DIY & Classes

Satisfy your inner do-it-yourselfer with these programs and tools.

Featured resources

Global Oneness Project

The Global Oneness Project is exploring how the radically simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world. Founded in 2006, the Project offers free multicultural stories and accompanying lesson plans for high school and college classrooms. Our award-winning collection of films, photo essays, and articles, explore cultural, social, and environmental issues with a humanistic lens. Aligned to National and Common Core Standards, our curriculum content contains an interdisciplinary approach to learning and facilitates the development of active, critical thinking. Each month, we release a new story and accompanying lesson plan. All of our content and resources are available for free with no ads or subscriptions.

Pollinate Farm & Garden

Pollinate is an edible plant nursery and urban homestead emporium located in the heart of Oakland. They specialize in backyard chickens, beekeeping, food preserving, urban farming, edible landscapes and food forests, soil amendments and composting kits. Pollinate hosts a speaker series and hands-on DIY workshops on a variety of topics. They want to help you get the most out of your space and inspire you to DIY (Do It Yourself) Food. They also offer a knife and tool sharpening service. They also host seasonal crop swaps.

Local tips & resources

Antioch New England Graduate School

The Environmental Studies Department offers a PhD program and master's degrees in Conservation Biology, Advocacy for Social Justice and Sustainability, Environmental Education, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Resource Management and Conservation. Educating for Sustainability and a Green MBA in Sustainability. They also have centers and institutes devoted to health and the environment.


Bay Area Hispano Institute for Advancement, Inc. was established by and for Latino families in 1975 as a non profit organization to address an unmet need; high quality, bilingual learning environments where children grow to become successful lifelong bilingual learners. BAHIA, Inc. operates two childcare centers in Berkeley. They run a full-time toddler and preschool program, after school and summer program for 5-10 yr olds and a part-time bilingual care program for 3-4 yr olds.

Building by the Handful

Shawn and Melissa Rae King have been building with earth, demonstrating, and teaching others in earth building and earthen plasters for more than four years. Projects include multiple earthen ovens, earth benches, and tiny earthen houses. Shawn has trained both at Cob Cottage Company and at Cal Earth. Both Melissa and Shawn are instructors with Cob Cottage Company and have worked closely with Ianto Evans and Linda Smiley as well as other members of the Cob Cottage Company teaching community.

California State University, East Bay Continuing Education

Provides professional development training and education for East Bay professionals, offering more than 50 certificate and degree programs in a variety of industries and fields. Programs are offered at three locations - in Hayward, Oakland and Concord.

Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT)

Buck house exists as a laboratory for appropriate technologies: systems include a passive solar greenhouse, recirculating aqua culture system, kitchen greywater recycling, rainwater catchment system, and more. CCAT also offers classes in sustainable living. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

City College of San Francisco

CCSF provides classes, workshops and customized trainings in areas such as construction trades, solar photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal system installation; energy efficiency and weatherization; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems; hybrid auto and electric vehicle (EV) maintenance, diagnosis and repair; alternative fuel vehicle technologies; and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As part of the statewide ATTE initiative, CCSF-ATTE trains technicians to meet workforce needs in the advanced transportation and energy industries.

Columbine School of Botanical Studies

A website containing an extensive compilation of links to herbal medicine and botanical websites, and offering classes through the Columbine School of Botanical Studies. Also includes information on protecting your rights as an herbalist. Online Contact Link:

Composting Education Program For Santa Clara County

The University of California Cooperative Extension's Composting Education Program (UCCE CEP) is a partnership with the cities and county of Santa Clara that seeks to educate our community about composting. In addition to a Master Composter training course the UCCE CEP offers Community Classes throughout the county as well as techincal resources. Master Composters teach residents how to build compost piles and worm bins, then how to apply the resulting material in their landscapes and gardens. Master Composter volunteers also provide presentations to local schools, community organizations and events.

Docs Populi

Online archive of progressive poster art.

Earthroots Field School

Earthroots Field School is a non profit that provides outdoor, hands on classes for children and adults in Southern California.

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