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


Testing for Wellness and Trauma

Wednesday, January 17th, 6:00-8:00pm
If you have ever been curious about dowsing or muscle testing, this class is for you! Here, we will learn how to tap into what our body is telling us while exploring essential oils, homeopathy, and supplements. We will discuss Quantum Neuro Reset Therapy (QNRT) and how muscle testing is used. QNRT is designed to assist the recipient in experiencing a quantum shift in the nervous system by resetting the brain’s response to emotional triggers from the past and present. Further information can be found at

Class Code: L, DM
Max participants: 14
Instructor: Carol Whittle

Cost: $5 member/owners, $7 community members

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

Planning to Eat with the Seasons

Thursday, January 18th, 6:00-7:30pm
We live in Iowa, one of the agriculturally richest places in the world. Let’s eat abundantly from this place we call home! Your favorite local veggie farmers have come together to whet your appetite for the 2018 season by discussing topics on seasonal produce: when different crops are planted and come to maturity, how to plant successions of crops for a continuous supply, and favorite ways to decide what to eat based on what’s coming out of the garden. We’ll talk through ways of preserving local produce to enjoy all year long… and we’ll also give everyone the opportunity to start thinking about their seasonal eating plan, with vegetables from the garden and from local farmers, along with discussion of meat, dairy, egg, and grain options.

Class Code: L
Max participants: 24
Instructors: Hannah Breckbill, Emily Fagan, Barb Kraus, and Erik Sessions

Cost: $5 member/owners, $7 community members

To Sign Up For This Class Click Here

Energy Savers

Thursdays, February 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 3:15pm-4:30pm
3rd and 4th grade students are invited to join us as we learn fun ways to help to save energy. During this 4 week program, kids will engage in hands-on activities while learning to be successful energy savers. We will experiment with building model windmills, water wheels, and more! Kids will be picked up via Walking School Bus from Carrie Lee Elementary at 3:05pm. This program is a partnership between The Oneota Community Co-op and Green Iowa AmeriCorps.

Class Codes: HO
Max participants: 12
Instructor: Ashley Lookenhouse and Hannah Haugen

Cost: FREE

To Sign Up For This Class Click Here

Vegan-friendly Ethiopian

Thursday, February 1st, 5:30-7:30pm
In this class, we’ll make two Ethiopian-inspired stews and experiment with making injera, the Ethiopian flatbread, to give your lefse griddle something else to do in life. While we’ll be forgoing some traditional ingredients, such as butter and goat, we’ll still enjoy the distinctive smells and flavors of Ethiopian cuisine. Participants will make a spice blend as well as a spice-infused olive oil to take home and use as the foundation for their own Ethiopian cooking.

Class Code: HO, VN
Minimum registration: 6
Max participants: 16
Instructor: Eric Baack

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

To Sign Up For This Class Click Here

Exploring Regional Cuisines and the Language of Mexico: Guanajuato and Yucatan

Saturday, February 10th, 2:00-4:00pm
The Co-op’s own David Lester and Monica Vazquez will lead participants in an exploration of the cuisines of two distinct regions of Mexico. Monica presents dishes from her home state of Guanajuato, just North of Mexico City. She loves creating variations on traditional dishes like tamales and carnitas, including a variety of salsas. David spent a month of his recent sabbatical traveling the Yucatan and attended courses at Los Dos Cooking School in Merida, started by chef David Sterling. David’s focus is Yucatecan botanas, the traditional snacks served in the region’s cantinas. To round out the evening, Jim Tripp leads the class in a brief study of some basic Spanish words and phrases used in the kitchen, as well as some key phrases for ordering in restaurants. Wine and beer sampling will be offered to complement the menu.

*Must be 21 or older to sample alcohol.

Class Code: DM/HO, GF
Minimum registration: 6
Max participants:14
Instructors: David Lester, Monica Vazquez, and Jim Tripp

Cost: $25 member/owners, $28 community members

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

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


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


You may register for classes via phone at 563-382-4666, online at, 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: 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


“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