DIY & Classes

DIY & Classes

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

Local tips & resources

Bike Kitchen

The Bike Kitchen teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to repair bicycles. The Bike Kitchen promotes personal development and provides leadership opportunities. Operating as a cooperative shop, we provide affordable ways to acquire and maintain a bike, encourage re-use and recycling, and work with community groups to get more people on bicycles.

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.

Eat Better Feel Better

Ilah Jarvis is a nutrition counselor, who also teaches classes in fermenting and gluten-free baking. SF Bay Area.

All tips & resources

Add a New Coat of Paint

If a piece of furniture looks worn out, consider giving it a simple makeover, such as reupholstering. Even adding a fresh coat of paint could brighten up any old furniture piece.

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.

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.

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.

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.

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse

East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse accepts donations of "unique discard" materials for kids' art projects. They sell file folders, binders, recycled paper, and other reclaimed art and office materials. They are a nonprofit agency that collects materials and redistributes them to community at low cost. Specializing in art materials, books, small furniture, frames and garden artifacts.

Ecosa Institute

Education in ecological design through a total immersion program for graduate and undergraduate students.