Classes are held at the Loft, unless otherwise specified. The Loft is located at 218 North Main Street, on the second floor above Images of the Past and Present, directly across Main St. from River Market.

Entrance is located on the south side of the building. The Loft has a room capacity of 21 people. Parking is not allowed in the space next to the building; please use street parking or the River Market parking lot.

Please pre-register in-store at River Market, phone (651) 439-0366 or email Ola Schmelig at Payment due at registration. We accept all major credit cards. If you need to cancel, please notify us at least 3 days in advance for a full refund.

For instructors, here is our class proposal form and Loft best practices.

Healthy Fats

Tuesday, January 19


At this lecture attendees learn about eating healthy fat for healing, weight loss and brain power. We will bust the myth that “fat” and “cholesterol” are bad and uncover what really is increasing your risk of heart disease and obesity. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Schingen, DC.

The class is free for any co-op owner and $5 for non-owners.

Genetically Modified Organisms – A Discussion

Saturday, January 23


River Market owner Dan Puraty will host a discussion about genetically modified ingredients in our food and ways to avoid them if you have concerns about their safety. Free class, registration required.

The Art of Beekeeping

Saturday, February 6

8:30 am-6 pm

Topics include: why bees are beneficial, basic bee biology and behavior, beekeeping equipment, selecting a site and starting a bee colony, managing honeybees throughout the year, extracting honey, preparing your hives for winter, and managing surviving colonies the following year. You will receive handouts of all topics covered including a list of resources, and will be able to see beekeeping equipment, and catalogs. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

The class fee is $45 for any co-op owner,  $50 for non-owners.

The Secrets to Conquering Winter Blues

Wednesday, February 10


Gain insight into what foods, vitamins, minerals, and lifestyle choices will help boost your immune system and mood to fight off the winter blues. Presented by Dr. Jeremy Schingen, DC.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, February 13


Learn to brew great tasting kombucha at home for a fraction of the cost of commercial bottled varieties. Take home a Study Guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your kombucha adventure right away. Enjoy samplings of several different varieties of kombucha. Presented by Bryan Deane Bertsch, the brewmaster for Deane’s Kombucha.

$30 for any co-op owner, $35 for non-owners.

Fatal 4 Foods: Are Your “Health” Foods Making You Sick?

Thursday, February 18


Learn about  common “health” foods that contribute to your pains and health complaints. We will discuss specific common-place foods and why they lead to a disease state. Find out how your body’s unique nutritional imbalances lead to poor health symptoms and how to stop the decline to poor health and disease.

Presented by Dr. Kellie Seth, DC. Free for any co-op owners, $5 for non-owners.

Seed Starting 101

Saturday, February 20

11 am-12:30 pm

Learn methods for home seed starting that are inexpensive, easy and fun. Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, will discuss the best plants to start indoors, containers, soil mixes as well as techniques for germinating, growing, and nurturing the young seedlings.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Extend Growing Season with a Hoop House

Thursday, February 25

6-8 pm

With a few dollars and an hour of work you can easily build a simple “hoophouse” in your garden.  It will keep excessive rain off the plants, block the wind, keep frosts and heavy dew off the leaves, and raise daytime temperatures by 5-10 degrees. Extend your growing season by a month or more in the spring and fall.  In addition an inexpensive, “permanent” hoophouse will be explained – design, layout and construction. Presented by Don Slinger, Farmers Market grower and gardener.

Free for any co-op owner,  $5 for non-owners.

Intro to Acupuncture

Thursday, March 3

6-7 pm

Acupuncture has been practiced for thousands of years to help with chronic or acute pain, emotional pain such as anxiety, depression and stress. Regular acupuncture treatments have also been shown to support immune function and reduce inflammation in the body. Learn what to expect during an acupuncture treatment, what needles feel like and how it is done. Aimee will also talk about a fairly new movement toward accessible care called community acupuncture.. Presented by Aimee Van Ostrand, Licensed Acupuncturist and owner of Healing Within Acupuncture.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Intro to Herbalism

Saturday, March 5

10 am-12 pm

Herbalism, or phytotherapy, is a traditional or folk practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. WHO notes that of 119 plant-derived pharmaceutical medicines, about 74 percent are used in modern medicine in ways correlated directly with traditional uses as plant medicines by native cultures. Melanie Dunn, a Certified Herbalist, will examine the botanical classification of herbs, medicinal uses, and how to apply this knowledge in making teas, infusions, tinctures and extracts.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

The Good, The Bad, and The Healthy Oils

Thursday, March 10

6 -8 pm

It’s important to choose oils that stay healthy after cooking. Learn the difference between different fatty acids, how to maintain the right omega 3/omega 6 balance, how to choose the right cooking oil, and how they affect your body, especially your heart. Presented by Don Slinger who is not medically trained, but will share his journey of learning as he fights peripheral neuropathy, prostate cancer and compression fractures in the back.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Saving Money While Saving the Planet

Saturday, March 12

11 am-12 pm

Learn how to stretch your dollar and make your shopping more sustainable. Discover approaches to saving for singles, families (big and small), seniors. Maren Smith, Front End Manager, will talk about ways to get discounts, coupons, budget-cutting tips, using ownership benefits, and much more. You will also be able to enter a drawing for a River Market gift card.

Free, registration required.

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden

Saturday, March 19

11 am-12:30 pm

Whether it is a few pots on the patio or a big patch in the yard, Sara Morrison of The Backyard Grocery, can help make your project manageable. Methods for soil preparation, variety selection, fertilizers, watering techniques and more will be discussed to get you on your way to the garden project that fits your life-style.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Nutrition Response Testing

Thursday, March 31

7 – 8pm

Dr. Kellie Seth DC, from Healing River Chiropractic will explain how Nutrition Response Testing harnesses the body’s innate intelligence to help it heal itself. Learn how the body can heal itself and how the Nutrition Response Testing technique can easily determine where our body’s deficiencies and symptoms lie.

Free for any co-op owner, $5 for non-owners.

Beekeeping Refresher

Saturday, April 2

9 am-12 pm

Whether you are a 2nd year or more beekeeper or you’re getting back to beekeeping, this class will refresh your memory on the very basics of caring for your honeybees. Topics include installing a new package (two methods), inspections, swarm prevention, and making splits.

Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).

$10 for any co-op owner, $15 for non-owners.