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Classes

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 education@rivermarket.coop. 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.

Interested in using the Loft space? Click to download Loft Information or Loft Rental Agreement.

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

Transition to Clean Eating

Tuesday, March 18

5:30-6:30pm

Making a commitment to eat real food can be challenging and overwhelming. But making small changes can add up over time. Learn ways to make this transition from HealthEast physician, Dr. Sarah Aldrich. She will teach you how to shift your eating habits and eventually transition to eating real food at every meal. Free, registration required.

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden

Thursday, March 20

6-7:30pm

Having a garden doesn’t have to take up all your time and energy. 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.

The class is free for River Market Co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Learn to Brew Your Own Kombucha

Saturday, March 22

1-2:30pm

Learn how to brew your own great tasting kombucha at home at a fraction of the cost of commercial bottled varieties. You will take home a Study Guide with simple instructions plus a starter culture to begin your Kombucha adventure right away. This is a fun, interactive class that includes samplings of several different varieties of kombucha. Presented by Bryan Deane Bertsch, the brewmaster for Deane’s Kombucha.

The class fee is $30 for River Market owners and $35 for non-owners.

Stress Management: Nutritional Approaches to Everyday Survival

Tuesday, March 25

7-8pm

Stress is THE issue of modern times, a primary cause of many illnesses. Managing stress can be difficult because there are different types of stress, each with its own intensity, symptoms and characteristics.Dr. Kellie Seth, of Healing River Chiropractic, will identify the six unique types of stress manifestations in the body, which nutrients can support and resolve each imbalance and the best eating practices while under duress. Learn how to take care of yourself to feel relaxed, energized and care-free again.

The class is free for River Market Co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Saving Money At Your Co-op

Saturday, March 29

11am-12pm

Learn how to stretch your dollar and make your shopping more sustainable. Discover the many approaches to saving for singles, families (big and small), seniors, etc. Maren Smith, Front End Manager, will talk about a variety of 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 gift card to use for shopping at River Market.

Free, registration required.

Essential Steps for Digestive Excellence

Saturday, April 5

1:30-2:30pm

In this class you will learn the best ways to promote healthy digestion and nutrient absorption based on recent scientific research, and the latest in functional food nutrition. This class will also explore some practical and simple ways to achieve digestive excellence based on the recipes of the ancients supported by modern science. Presented by Dmitri M. Medvedovsky, DNM, Ph.D. The class is free for co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

Movie Night Monday

Monday, April 7

7- 9pm

Join us to watch Cut Poison Burn, a controversial, eye opening, and sometimes heartbreaking documentary that puts the business of cancer treatment under the microscope. Follow the frustrating journeys of critically ill cancer patients as they try to navigate the confusing and dangerous maze of treatment and encounter formidable obstacles in the “cancer industrial complex.” A compelling critique of the influence of medical monopolies, the power of pharmaceutical companies, and government agencies. For more information, go to http://cutpoisonburn.com/ 85min. Free, registration required.

Truths and Myths about Cholesterol

Saturday, April 12

10am-12pm

This lecture will reveal the truth about cholesterol-lowering medications and what the research actually shows about the causes of heart attacks. Presented by Dr. Daryl L. Cooper D.C., F.A.S.B.E.  who will discuss why following current dietary heart recommendations is likely to increase your risk for a heart attack and how cholesterol-lowering drugs actually deplete vital nutrients that the heart depends on and deliver a host of other side effects instead.

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

Birds of the Gateway Trail

Saturday, April 12

1-3pm

This is a family-oriented class for those who don’t know much about birds but would like to be able to identify species common to the Stillwater area and learn when and where to find them. The class includes an audiovisual introduction to 80 species, discussion of field guides and binoculars, and ways to sharpen identification skills. Presented by Bob Bystrom, retired Minnesota Department of Natural Resources education specialist and member of the Minnesota Ornithologists Union.

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

Natural Relief of Pregnancy Discomforts

Thursday, April 17

6-7pm

Learn natural, simple remedies for common pregnancy discomforts. This fun class is full of movement and low tech solutions that work. You will discover what the rebozo, oatmeal, and a birthball can do for you. It is helpful but not required to have a partner in the class. You will also learn how to make a cheerful pregnancy tea. Presented by Karen Garley, CPM.

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

Gardening for Pollinators

Saturday, April 26

9-11am

There is increasing evidence that many pollinators, including honey bees, are in decline due to the lack of habitat and pesticide use. In this class you will learn about pollinators and how you can help by creating a pollinator friendly landscape around your home or workplace. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper and a member of the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association (MHBA).The class is $5 for co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Kids and Bees

Saturday, April 26

11:30am-12:30pm

Build a bee hotel using bamboo sticks and twine at this fun, hands-on class about bees and honey for kids. Kids will also learn how to approach bees and how to help them survive. Suitable for kids ages 5-12, parental supervision required. Presented by JoAnne Sabin, beekeeper. Free class, registration required.

Essential Steps for Women’s Health

Saturday, April 26

1:30-2:30pm

In this class, learn essential steps for rejuvenation and wellness specific to the female body. Learn how to maintain hormone balance, and healthy genital and urinary tract function based on recent scientific research. Presented by Dmitri M. Medvedovsky, DNM, Ph.D.

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

The Woman’s Essential Detox

Tuesday, April 29

7-8:30pm

As we get into our 30′s, 40′s and beyond, women struggle to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle. Stop wondering which diet or exercise is best and learn how estrogen can dictate your body’s fat distribution, energy levels, sleep patterns, metabolism, memory, and mood. Understand the sources of hormonal imbalance and learn a simple body detox to help achieve your ideal weight and balanced health goals. Join Dr. Kellie Seth, DC as she explains how to balance hormones and health through food, lifestyle and 2 phase body detox.

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

Medicinal Garden

Saturday, May 3

10am-12pm

For centuries many common plants have been used for medicine, food and beauty. In this class you will be introduced to ten important herbs like calendula, lemon balm, yarrow and others, to include in your personal medicinal garden. Presented by Master Herbalist Dr. Kelley Hagenbuch who will discuss propagation, care and uses of these medicinal herbs.

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

Your DNA Is Not Your Destiny

Saturday, May 3

1:30-2:30pm

Attendees will be introduced to the essential steps for improving health relative to your genetic predisposition. The critical steps to expressing good genes and suppressing bad genes will be discussed along with the best practices in functional food nutrition. Presented by Dmitri M. Medvedovsky, DNM, Ph.D.

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

Enhancing Whole Grains and Legumes by Sprouting

Thursday, May 8

6-8pm

Sprouts are one of the most alkalizing, nutritious and easily accessible foods known to man. Rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes, they can be grown easily in four to six days and require little effort and cost. In this class you will learn simple, inexpensive sprouting methods to enhance digestibility, enzyme activity, vitamin content and available minerals. You will also learn how to sprout and make oatmeal from naturally hull-less oats. Presented by Don Slinger.

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

Collecting Mushrooms 101

Saturday, May 10

10am-12pm

Join Kelley Hagenbuch, D.C., M.H., a Master Herbalist from Taylors Falls for an introduction to mushroom hunting. Kelley will discuss safety, identification, collection procedures, and describe ten different varieties that are common to this area. Please bring any mushroom books you own to the class. The class fee is $15 for co-op owners and $20 for non-owners.

How to Build a Vegetable Raised Bed

Saturday, May 10

12:30-2:30pm

Raised beds are the perfect solution for dealing with difficult soils such as heavy clay, and can improve your garden’s appearance and accessibility. In this class, Jonathan Huebner of the Bluebird Hill Homestead will discuss the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of raised bed gardening and show you how to build a rabbit-proof raised bed frame. You’ll leave the class with detailed plans to build your own at home.

The class is $5 for co-op owners and $10 for non-owners.

Spring Bike Tune-up

Wednesday, May 14

5:30-6:30pm

Get your bicycle ready for spring! John Michaud, our River Market bike enthusiast, will show you how to fix a flat tire, clean and grease your bike, check brakes and derailleurs, check tire pressure and more. He will be using the tools from our bike Fixit stand but you can bring your own as well.

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

What’s Bugging You in the Garden?

Saturday, May 17

11am-12:30pm

Come to this class to learn about all the creepy crawlies, harvest spoilers, pollinators, and beneficial insects that are sharing your garden. Presented by Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, who will provide tips, tricks, natural potions and other remedies for the home gardener to deal with the friends and foes of the insect world. Class participants are encouraged to bring specimens in for identification – please confine your new friends to a jar!

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

Probiotics and the Digestive Problems

Tuesday, May 20

7-8pm

If probiotics are beneficial and healing to your digestive tract why isn’t your favorite yogurt decreasing the daily bloating, heartburn, gas, and discomfort you’re experiencing? Come learn what probiotics can and cannot do for your intestinal health. Presented by Dr. Kellie Seth, DC who will discuss the proper use of probiotics, healthy food choices, yeast-fighting herbs and more.

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

Companion Planting for the Home Gardener

Saturday, May 24

11am-12:30pm

This class will include ideas on planting vegetable, herb and flower plants for increased yield, decreased pest infestation and to help reduce weed pressure. Habitat planting for beneficial organisms will be discussed along with tips for garden design and layout. Sara Morrison, owner of The Backyard Grocery, will teach you how to transform your garden plot into a beautiful and bountiful ecosystem.

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