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230 Sibley Ave N Sibley Ave
Litchfield, MN, 55355

(320) 693-7539

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Co-op Community Calendar

Experts from the community provide educational classes and lectures to adults and children throughout the Litchfield area each year. They share their knowledge about herbalism, cooking techniques, meal planning, homeopathy, fermentation, cheese making, the health benefits of tea, tincture and hand salve making to name a few of our members and customer favorites. All of our classes are listed below and available for purchase through our website, facebook and in store.


Salad Dressing 101 w/ Aimee of rebelSoil
May
24
12:00 PM12:00

Salad Dressing 101 w/ Aimee of rebelSoil

If you're like me, salads are way more satisfying when they're tossed in a dressing that's made at home from ingredients I love. Some days a classic ranch is perfect and other days that vinegar bite is all I crave. At our farm we try to eat a salad a day and if we had to use the same-old same-old all the time, well, life would get pretty boring. There's no need to stock the full gamut of store-bought dressings to keep your salads exciting-open up the pantry and whip one up! Join me to get some salad-season inspiration and learn how easy it is to make your salad sauce fit the day, the season, and the budget. Hands-on time guaranteed. Recipes and a dressing to take home included!

Where: Natural Food Co-op

When: Thursday June 27th

Time: 6:00-7:15

Cost: $15 members / $17 non members

(includes recipes and a dressing)

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Spring Detox: Early Spring Medicinal Herbs
Apr
22
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Detox: Early Spring Medicinal Herbs

Monday April 22nd 6-7:00pm
Natural Food Coop in Litchfield, MN

Did you know that there is an ever plentiful amount of spring herbs that can rejuvenate and restore our bodies after the harshness of winter? Conveniently located right in our own backyards, no need to buy a spring cleansing kit this year folks. Come for an evening and learn what these lovely and numerous spring tonic herbs can do to give us a health boost as we emerge from our winter hibernation. Taught by Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle.      

Cost: $10 member / $12 non member

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Why Doesn't This Herb Work: Learning Your Constitution for Finding Herbs That Work
Apr
15
6:00 PM18:00

Why Doesn't This Herb Work: Learning Your Constitution for Finding Herbs That Work

Monday April 15th 6-7:00pm
Natural Food Coop in Litchfield, MN

Ever wondered why when you take an herb or a supplement and its supposed to cure all your ailments and then ends up doing nothing or actually making things worse. Wonder no more! Come for the evening to learn what's going on in your body and finding the right things that will help your specific ailments. Asian Ginseng for instance is a very stimulating herb that someone who has low energy might be prompted to take. However, if someone has been suffering low energy from overwork taking asian ginseng would be adding more fuel to the fire further depleting their reserves. A better option would be more restorative and tonic herbs that work on building nutritional and energy stores so the body can naturally build back its reserves. Taught by Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle.      

Cost: $10 member / $12 non member

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Kefir & Villi Culture Magic
Feb
25
6:00 PM18:00

Kefir & Villi Culture Magic

Many people are seeking to add healthy probiotic foods to their diets, however, carving out the time to add this to busy lifestyles becomes an obstacle.  In this class you will learn to make dairy cultures with very little effort and time, the history and benefits of these ferments and various ways to incorporate them into your daily routine. Making your own ferments is cost saving and gives you control over fermentation times, allowing those who are lactose intolerant to enjoy the benefits of these probiotic foods.

Please bring a small jar with a cover to take home a villi yogurt starter!

Where:Natural Food Co-op

When: Monday February 25th 6:00-7:00 pm

Cost: $12 member / $15 non member

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Comprehensive Intro to CBD Oil
Feb
18
6:00 PM18:00

Comprehensive Intro to CBD Oil

The hottest new trend in the herbal world is CBD oil. Come learn its history and uses from things like sleep issues to chronic pain. We’ll also go over legitimate companies to purchase from and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also go beyond the effects of CBD and understand why a full spectrum CBD can provide even more support. The cannabis plant contains over 60+ different cannabinoids that have a wide array of health benefits. CBD is just one these powerful cannabinoids. Come for an evening demystifying CBD and understand what hemp and all its other phytocannabinoids could possibly do for you.

Where: Natural Food Co-op

When: Monday February 18th 6:00-7:30

Cost: $15 member / $17 non-member

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Animals Signs
Feb
11
6:00 PM18:00

Animals Signs

Ever seemed lost? Alone in the world? Nothing there to guide you? Actually there is. There are animal signs everyday in our environment if we take the time to notice. The squirrel that swerves out in your path, the rabbit that traces a maze in your backyard or maybe it’s the hawk soaring high above in the sky. Looking to the natural world for help and wisdom is an amazing thing that can provide helpful hints as to what the world is trying to tell us. Not only that it connects us with the natural world to ground down away from our cell-phone, bluetooth or computer screen and be at one with nature. Come enjoy the evening with herb wrangler Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle and be open to the possibilities of what the universe is trying to tell you.


Disclaimer: This is not using spirit or totem animals or any sacred native traditions referred to as animal medicine. This is taught by a white woman of mostly european-american ancestry. She does not in any way trying to copy or exploit any native traditional wisdom. Animal signs is based on seeing what is in our environment and interpreting the meaning of the animal from its habits, movement, etc, not any native traditions.


When: Monday February 11th 6-7pm

Where: Natural Food Co-op

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Kids in the Kitchen
Feb
5
3:15 PM15:15

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Would you like to spend more time with your kids in the kitchen? Would you like to add a few easy, kid-friendly snacks to your repertoire? Join Joan Olson of Prairie Drifter Farm in the back room of the Co-op for an after school hands-on creation session. We’ll make and eat snacks together and share our favorite snack and meal ideas. Go home with a few new recipes and kids ready to lend a hand in the kitchen. 
Parents/guardians must attend with their

child(ren). At least one adult for every two kids. Kids between 4-12 welcome.

Where: Natural Food Co-op
When: Tuesday February 5th  
Time: 3:15-4:15 PM
Cost: $15/family (includes snacks)

Maximum attendees– 20

 

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Homeopathy 101
Jan
28
6:00 PM18:00

Homeopathy 101

Homeopathy is a healing modality that has been used for over 250 years. It is a healing system that works with the body instead of on the body.

Even though the use of homeopathy is becoming more and more popular there can be a lot of misconceptions about what homeopathy actually is, how it works and how to use it.

In this class you will gain a deeper understanding of this healing system.

What it is and what it isn’t.

 



Where: Natural Food Co-op
When: Monday January 28th  
Time: 6:00-7:30
Cost: $15 members/$17 non members 

 

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Herbal Pain Relief: Comprehensive Materia Medica & How to Make Your Own
Jan
21
6:00 PM18:00

Herbal Pain Relief: Comprehensive Materia Medica & How to Make Your Own


Finding the right herb for your specific twinge or pang is sometimes daunting. Join herbalist Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle and gain an understanding of various local and exotic herbs that can help provide relief. Specific herbs are more suited to certain types of pain. We’ll cover the various herbs that are suited to symptoms described as dull, sharp and shooting, full on fibromyalgia and more. We’ll also go around and hone in on participants specific ailments to pinpoint what herbs would be best suited for their pain. Along with understanding herbs for pain we’ll also go over the process of making herbal liniments, salves and topical sprays that you can easily make on your own at half the cost of buying

pre-made items from the store.


When: Monday January 21st 6-7:30

Where: Natural Food Co-op

Cost: $20 member/ $23 non-member


DEADLINE TO SIGN UP January 18th

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Stress Relief: Adaptogens and Nervines
Jan
14
6:00 PM18:00

Stress Relief: Adaptogens and Nervines


More energy…less stress? Sounds too good to be true but it’s not! Come for an evening to learn from herbalist Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle how the wonderful world of herbal adaptogens and nervines can transform your life. Adaptogens like ashwagandha, eleuthero and american ginseng sound strange but can provide some amazing benefits. Often hailed from India these herbs have a magic ability to restore our energy while gradually building up our ability to better cope with stress. Nervines are our herbal allies to help with in the moment stress of needing a quick chill pill. Blue vervain, skullcap and valerian to name a few have a magic ability to settle any anxiety or panic in the moment. Do a little research and if it sounds like these might be for you join us for the evening to learn more!


When: Monday January 14th 6-7 pm

Where: Natural Food Co-op

Price: $10 members/ $12 non members

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SOS: Sugar Craving Holiday Help
Dec
10
6:00 PM18:00

SOS: Sugar Craving Holiday Help

Sugar got you hooked? Come for an evening to help you navigate keeping your system clean of all the uber-processed enticing treats this holiday season. Knowledge is power! We’ll go over a run down of the exhausting drain sugar has on your body, ideas on how to substitute “full” sugars instead of “empty” sugars and some tasty recipes that use whole foods to create some healthy alternatives to grandma’s extra sugar sugar cookies with sprinkles and frosting. Sample bites for recipes provided. Facilitated by herbalist Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle.


Where: Natural Food Co-op

When: Monday December 10th from 6:00-7:15

Cost: (Includes snacks) $20 member / $22 non member

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Folk Astrology
Oct
29
6:15 PM18:15

Folk Astrology

Monday October 29th 6:15-7:15

Folk Astrology— Ever wondered why you are an Aquarius but just don’t feel like you are an air sign? Wonder no more! Come learn the basics of folk astrology as we read and interpret your rising, sun and moon signs. Learn some helpful info to guide you in your quest to better understand your cosmic self! Lead by Katharine Ostrowski at Urban Nettle.

cost $15 member / $17 non member

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Momma Herbal Care
Oct
13
1:30 PM13:30

Momma Herbal Care

Saturday October 15th 1:30-3:00pm

Momma Herbal Care—Going to have a baby at some point…maybe someone you know is pregnant and your looking for the perfect gift. Come for this 2 hour long DIY presentation on how to create amazing products for yourself or the momma in your life during and after baby. We’ll go over help for vaginal and c-section births along with making bum and nipple butters as well as nutritive postnatal food, snacks and tea. Presented by momma and herbalist Katharine Ostrowski at Urban Nettle.

cost $25 member / $27 non member

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Cold and Flu Prep
Sep
29
1:30 PM13:30

Cold and Flu Prep

Saturday September 29th 1:30-3:00pm

Cold and Flu Prep—Come to learn 4 basic home remedies for the colds and flu. How to’s in making Elderberry Tincture, Garlic Infused Honey, Fire Cider and Herbal Vicks Salve we’ll spend the morning learning how you can get your family’s herbal medicine chest primed for the sniffles, fevers and goodness knows what else. Offered by Katharine Ostrowski herbalist at Urban Nettle.

cost $25 member / $27 non member

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CBD Oil Class
Sep
17
6:15 PM18:15

CBD Oil Class

Monday September 17th 6:15-7:15pm

CBD Oil—The hottest new trend in the herbal world is CBD Oil. Come learn its history and uses from things like sleep issues to chronic pain. We’ll also go over legitimate companies to purchase from and answer any questions you might have. Facilitated by herbalist Katharine Ostrowski of Urban Nettle.

Cost $15member / $17 non member

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