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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.

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

Healthy Eating on a Budget
Tuesday, February 6   6 -7 pm

Healthy, fresh, nutrient dense foods can be affordable if you plan in advance. Learn how to save money, tips for planning meals, and some cheaper options that may not have even crossed your mind. It’s all about how you view the foods you put into your body. Presented by Jackie A. Mart, Holistic Nutritionist and Life Coach. The class is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners.

Seed Starting 101
Saturday, February 10   10 – 11am

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.

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

Vaccines, Parasites and Pets: Building a Strong Immune System
Thursday, February 15     6 – 8 pm
It’s almost spring, and you might have already received the annual postcard from your vet letting you know that Fluffy is due for her vaccines and heartworm test. But does she really need those shots?

Some of them? All of them? What about rabies? Is the heartworm test worth the money? All these questions – and more – will be answered in this informative and engaging class by Dr. Jessica Levy, DVM.

The class is $10 for any co-op owners and $20 for non-owners.

Your New Exciting and Simple Garden
Saturday, March 3   10 – 11:30 am

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 any co-op owners and $5 for non-owners.

The Art of Beekeeping
Saturday, March 10  8:30 am – 6 pm

This workshop will address everything you need to know to get started in the fascinating world of beekeeping. 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. Participants 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 owners and $50 for non-owners.

Detoxifying Foods for Your Body
Thursday, March 29   6 – 7pm

Every day we are exposed to about 50,000 chemicals from the environment, water and the food we eat. These chemicals poison the blood and circulate throughout the body, creating a toxic effect which can impact every organ in the body. Because our bodies are not adapted to processing and eliminating most of these chemicals, they accumulate over time causing chronic conditions, allergies and a number of other physical/emotional problems. Learn which foods are best for detoxifying your organs and entire body. Recipe samples included.

Presented by Jackie A. Mart, Holistic Nutritionist and Life Coach.

The class is $10 for any co-op owners and $15 for non-owners.