Education/Events

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Please preregister for all classes (including free classes) online at www.oneotacoop.com or visit Customer Service. Walk-ins are welcome as space allows, but Oneota Co-op may cancel classes if there are fewer than three preregistered attendees. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Classes

Sustainable Kids: Energy Savers

Thursdays, March 23, 30, and April 6, 13, 20, 3:30-4:30pm
3rd and 4th grade students are invited to learn about saving energy, renewable energy , and living sustainably. During this 5 week course, kids will engage in fun, hands-on activities to learn about living sustainably and being stewards of the environment with a focus on clean energy and energy conservation. Kids will be picked up via Walking School Bus from Carrie Lee Elementary.
Concepts taught in each class are as follows:
March 23: Introduction to Energy. Game and introduction on what energy is and why we like to conserve it.
March 30: Home Energy. Kids learn about saving energy at home through hands on activities.
April 6: Local Foods. Kids learn about how buying local saves energy. Includes a tour of the Co-op, and making a snack from local ingredients.
April 13: Solar Cars. Kids will learn about renewable energy and construct model cars that run off of solar energy.
April 20: Smoothie Bike. Kids learn about energy transfer by using a pedal -powered bike blender.

*Class concepts and activities are subject to change without notice

Class Code: HO
Max participants: 10
Instructors: Andrew Johnson and Lauren Mordini

FREE

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Spice Up Your Life!

Wednesday, March 29, 5:30-7:00pm
Awaken your senses in this introductory class on spices. Using your senses of sight, smell and taste (of course!) you will learn ways of incorporating common spices to liven up your everyday cooking.

Class Code: DM, VG, GF
Max participants: 16
Instructor: Rachel Sandhorst

Cost: $12 member/owners, $15 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Rescheduled: Intro to Fruit Tree Pruning

Saturday, April 1, 1:30-3:30pm

Due to inclement weather, we have rescheduled the March 25th class to it’s new date of April 1st.

In this class, we will cover the basic tools and techniques used to prune fruit trees. We will cover the differences in pruning apple, pear, and peach trees as well as other fruits including raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Class participants will be given the opportunity to practice their new skill during the second half of the class by helping to prune plants. Class will be held outdoors at a residence approximately 6 blocks (8 minute walk) from the Co-op, so please come dressed for the weather and bring work gloves if you have them. We will meet in the Water Street Park and walk or carpool to the class location.

Class Code: HO
Max participants: 12
Instructor: Jeff Scott and The Northeast Iowa Fruit Growers

Cost: $12 member/owners, $15 community members

Class is nearly full. Please call 563-382-4666 to reserve your spot.

Make Your Own Kombucha

Tuesday, April 4, 5:30-7:30pm
Mary Abbas teaches the basics of making kombucha at home. We’ll share recipes for using your kombucha in ways you wouldn’t have even imagined before…think kombucha sourdough starter or kombucha teriyaki sauce. Join Mary for this informative look at how to make kombucha more than just another healthy drink.

Class Code: DM, VG, VN, GF
Max participants: 14
Instructor: Mary Abbas

Cost: $12 member/owners, $15 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Baking Improv: Cookies

Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30pm
Do you ever wish you could get away from the recipe? Maybe you enjoy creating without a recipe but would like some tips on how to do so? Join Kristin Eggen in a class that celebrates our ability to be creative with the food we make. We’ll learn the fundamentals of a good cookie, understand the uses for each ingredient, and try our hand at baking spontaneously. This is a great class open to all ages.

Class Code: HO, VG
Max participants: 10
Instructor: Kristin Eggen

Cost: $10 member/owners, $12 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Chianti Deciphered

Sunday, April 23, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Chianti is viewed suspiciously by many people and with good reason; it left a bad taste in our collective mouths. Back in the 1970’s, when many American wine drinkers were getting their first exposure to this Italian blend of grapes, quality was, to put it very kindly, hit or miss. Happily, things have changed dramatically in the decades between then and now. Selection and quality are now well worth our hard earned dollars. As you might expect, Italy will provide the culinary inspiration for this class.

Class Code: DM
Max participants: 14
Instructor: Chef Stephen Larson

Cost: $30 member/owners, $35 community members

Class is now full. Please call 563-382-4666 to be placed on the wait-list.

Intro to Sourdough

Saturday, April 29, 1:00-4:00pm
Interested in learning the basics of sourdough bread baking, but not sure where to begin? This class is designed for you! It offers the hands-on experience needed to bake a sourdough loaf at home. Participants will receive a basic recipe, the opportunity to knead a loaf to take home and bake, as well as a starter to feed for future homemade loaves. No prior bread baking experience required.

Class Code: HO, VG, VN
Max participants: 8
Instructor: Laura Demuth

Cost: $15 member/owners, $18 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Your Summer First Aid Kit

Wednesday, May 3, 5:30-7:30pm
In this class, we’ll discuss the best products to have on-hand for the summer season. We’ll cover tick treatment and prevention, salves, clay, and topicals for stings, bites, bumps, and scrapes, products for overexertion, and supplements for hydration and energy. And finally, we’ll make a bug repellent for you to take home. From suncare to stings, pain relief to allergies, we’ve got you covered.

Class Code: L, HO
Max participants: 12
Instructor: Gretchen Fox Schempp

Cost: $15 member/owners, $18 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Eclectic White Varietals

Sunday, May 7, 2:00-4:00pm
Eclectic, unusual, out of the ordinary, uncommon, lesser known; whatever you want to call them, there are great white varietal wines (made from a single grape variety) out there that are both great with food and easy on the budget. As the weather turns warmer (we hope!) it’s time to break out the chilled whites. In this class we’ll sample three white wines that meet those criteria. The food selection will be as eclectic as the wines, so come with an open mind and an empty belly!

Class Code: DM
Max participants: 14
Instructor: Chef Stephen Larson

Cost: $30 member/owners, $35 community members

Class is now full. Please call 563-382-4666 to be added to the wait list.

Less Is More: Cooking Simply

Wednesday, May 17, 5:30-7:30pm
This class will focus on using 5 ingredients or less to make simple, healthy, and delicious meals. Whether feeding an army, or a party of one, eating well doesn’t have to be complicated.

Class Code: HO, GF
Max participants: 12
Instructor: Rachel Sandhorst

Cost: $12 member/owners, $15 community members

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Functional Medicine

Friday, May 19, 6:00-7:30pm
Dr. Chawla describes how food, lifestyle and environmental factors can join forces with genetics to impact organ systems. He will discuss what to expect from a Functional Medicine practitioner and how his practice emphasizes a partnership with the patient that encompasses mind and body and uses an array of treatments to manage illness and disease.

Class Code: L
Max participants: 30
Instructor: Dr. Mohit Chawla, MD

FREE

To Sign up for this Class Click Here

Store Tours

Interested in scheduling a tour or learning more?

Tours are available by request. Please feel free to contact Nate Furler, Marketing & Outreach Manager, to arrange for a tour for your group or organization. A store tour could be the perfect event for your group, be it staff at work, a book club or area youth group. We will work with you to meet the needs based on your groups size, age and interest.

email: Nate – Marketing Manager  nate@oneotacoop.com

Annual Events

Board Election – March
Annual Meeting of the Membership – April
Earth Day CelebrationApril 22
Oktoberfest September 24
Taste the Local Harvest – October 6th

Class Series

Sustainable Kids After School Series

Kids in 3rd and 4th grades are invited to discover ways they can lighten their impact and practice being knowledgeable consumers. This 6-week after school course will teach kids ways to lessen their impact on the earth through upbeat games and hands-on activities. Kids will be picked up via walking school bus from Carrie Lee Elementary.
Concepts taught in each class are as follows:

September 6: Reduce waste when shopping –
REDUCE, REUSE – How to shop bulk

September 13: Reduce waste when shopping –
RECYCLE – Making t-shirt bags

September 20: What to do with food waste? –
Composting 101, making veggie broth

September 27: Food Miles –
Outdoor games

October 4: What is a cooperative? –
Cooperative games

October 11:
Waste-Free Snacks

*Class concepts and activities are subject to change without notice

Class Codes: HO
Max participants: 10
Instructor: Kristin Eggen

Classroom

Co-op Kitchen Classroom
Our kitchen classroom features 1 5-burner induction cooktop, a double wall oven, 1 3-bin stainless steel sink, a home-style dishwasher, 6 single portable induction burners 1,800 watts each, 6 stainless steel work tables, and a selection of small appliances, cookware, and dishware.  Also available upon request: a projector and screen, erasable white board, easel, pad of paper, clipboards, pens, and writing utensils.
The OCC does not allow the classroom for use to promote products from multi-level companies, nor the distribution of campaign literature.

Interested in Using our Classroom Facility?

The Co-op Kitchen Classroom is available for use by member/owners and community members and organizations for a small fee.  Visit our Kitchen Classroom page on this website for more information.  In addition, you may contact the Marketing Department at the Co-op to discuss specifics. Please call 563-382-4666 or email kitchenclassroom@oneotacoop.com.

Registration

You may register for classes via phone at 563-382-4666, online at www.oneotacoop.com/education-events, or in person at the Co-op. Payment is required at the time of registration with online payment available through our website as well. If you are registering via phone, please have a credit card ready for payment over the phone.

Classes may be fully refunded if participant cancellation is received at the Co-op 48 hours prior to the class. Classes also have minimums; in cases where minimum class size is not reached three days prior to the class, the class may be cancelled. In the event of cancellation, all participants will be notified via phone or email.

(The classes offered by the Co-op do not necessarily reflect the views of the Co-op and its member/owners.)

Offer a Class

Class proposals and inquires: andrea@oneotacoop.com or brought to the Customer Service Desk in store.

Please email to request educator guidelines and proposal forms or download the forms here:

Instructor Guidelines
Proposal Forms

Classes are scheduled three months at a time. The schedules are mailed in our quarterly newsletter, The Scoop, posted on our website and advertised via traditional media. We encourage our educators to support us in advertising for classes they are leading.

Classes are advertised in the following months: Deadline for proposal submission:
September, October, November August 3rd
December, January, February November 2nd
March, April, May February 1st
June, July, August May 3rd

The Co-op Provides

  • Participant registration and fee collection
  • Promotion in the publication The Scoop, on our web site and other media sources
  • Orientation to classroom equipment and safety features

Reviews

“Lindsey’s baby and birth classes are fantastic. The information and ideas presented are empowering and interesting, and the process of finding community among other expectant parents in our community is so lovely. We’re grateful to live in a place where our co-op sees the value in offering classes that support the whole family, and featuring Lindsey and her classes is a beautiful way to do that.”
-Beyond Better Birth Class Participant