Your Co-op offers a range of educational programs - from classes facilitated by dedicated professionals, to informal childcare and family health seminars and beyond. Below are some of the Co-op's longest-running and most popular programs.
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Healthy Eating on a Budget
Price: $3 for Co-op Owners, $5 for everyone else
Location: The Co-op on Campus - 822 Elm St. Moscow, ID, 83843
This family-friendly series of classes will provide a blend of information, recipes, and samples. You'll learn tips for saving money when shopping and cooking by utilizing staple ingredients found in the bulk section and getting creative in the kitchen! You will walk away with recipes, a booklet on saving when shopping at the Co-op, an understanding of how to read labels to get the biggest bang for your buck, and more! All samples and recipes provided are vegan-friendly, and most (but not all) recipes will be free of gluten-containing ingredients and the top 8 allergens. Special dietary needs may be accommodated with advanced notice.
The next class, Everyday Desserts, will be Saturday, April 21 at the Co-op on Campus
Please reserve your seat ahead of time! Samples will be prepared for everyone, so we want to make sure we have enough! The fee is $3 for Co-op Owners, $5 for non-owner community members, and all fees will be refunded as Co-op Gift Cards at the end of class. The initial fee is waived for all participants in The Co-op's FLOWER program!
This is a five class series, with each class featuring a focus on a particular food group, ending in a Meal Planning Workshop and Store Tour.
- Class 1 - Whole Grains - Learn how to identify whole grains (including gluten-free grains) when shopping and explore new ways of cooking the most common (and inexpensive) grains. January 20
- Class 2 - Proteins - Think outside the box and stretch your budget with some fun recipes using beans, lentils, chickpea flour and sunflower butter as protein. February 17
- Class 3 - Fruits & Vegetables - Learn how to get the most bang for your buck when buying and cooking with produce. Plus learn about the Co-op's new weekly FREE fruit program for kids called Co+op Explorers! March 24
- Class 4: Everyday Desserts- Learn about some fun and inexpensive ingredient swaps that will help you save money, use up what you have, and make desserts that are healthy enough to eat for breakfast, snacks, or any day of the week! April 21
- Class 5 - Meal Planning & Store Tour - Put everything you've learned throughout the series to use in our final class. Learn tips and tricks for meal planning that can help save some money and make your week easier. We will finish up with a budget-friendly store tour. May 12
About the Instructor: Alice Ma is a Co-op volunteer and registered dietitian who will answer your questions about nutrition and food. Alice received her Master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics at the University of Utah. After spending a year serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Ellensburg, WA, she became a resident of Moscow and currently works at Washington State University as the Registered Dietitian for Dining Services. Alice is passionate about food, nutrition, and sustainability and is excited about being involved with the Moscow Food Co-op and local community.
Co-op Kids is an educational play group for kids 3-5 and their parents or guardians. Join us every Tuesday morning from 9-10 a.m. for easy, earth-friendly crafts and activities. From time to time, we might even take a short field trip for some outdoor fun when weather permits!
Raffles and coupons for free coffee available every week!
For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (208) 882-8537
April 3 Experiments with eggs
April 10 Story time (bring your favorite read-aloud!)
April 17 Visit the downtown Fire Station
Meet in the Co-op Café at 9 to walk together
April 24 Fruit & veggie tasting with produce manager Logan
May 1 Crafting crowns for the Renaissance Faire!
May 8 Making for mama
May 15 Green food tasting
May 22 Store tour with Max
May 29 Fruits & Veggies with produce manager Logan
Mamas + Papas is an educational support group for new and expecting parents on the Palouse. The first Monday of every month from 9:30-11 a.m., join us for a time to learn and play, and to connect with other growing families in our community. Mamas + Papas exists to provide an educational and social environment for parents to share experiences related to childcare, parenting, and raising healthy families.
Every class is free of charge, and professional childcare is provided at no cost to you.
Preventative Medicine - Monday, May 7
At this class, you'll learn easy hygiene practices that can help prevent the spread of communicable disease at home. Guest speaker: Veronica Pacheco of Idaho STARS. 9:30 a.m. at the Uma Center (414 S. Jefferson Street, across from the Post Office.)
For more information email email@example.com or call us at 208-882-8537.
Good Food Book Club
The Good Food Book Club is an avenue for Moscow Food Co-op owners and the greater Palouse community to foster civil dialogue, connection between people, and community engagement through thoughtful book club subject matter. We aim to provide an open, inviting venue to share educational and entertaining information critical to our food system and other pressing social issues.
For detailed information on the book of the month as well as past books, please visit the Good Food Book Club section of Community News.
April's BOOK OF THE MONTH:
In Memory of Bread by Paul Graham.
When: Sunday, April 29 from 4-6:30 p.m.
Where: Location will be announced via email reminder
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to subscribe to monthly book club updates!
Graham is a man who not only unabashedly loved to munch all kinds of breads—especially his wife’s homemade creations—he also brewed his own beer. It’s safe to say he was a man who was smitten with his wheat, and his gluten. That is, until he was diagnosed with celiac disease at 36-years-old.
Lucky for readers, Graham is also a writer who brilliantly tracked his own journey confronting how one of the great loves of his life turned out to be toxic. (Yes, there’s a metaphor for unhealthy relationship in here somewhere!) When he realized his love of wheat was actually harming him, he turned to research, reflection on a fierce identity crisis, and spotlighting his deeply human and poignant passage from a diehard bread-head to a gluten-free life.
This book is not just about food, it’s about what we do when life turns upside down. When what we thought we loved turns out to be poison. When our task is to reach for new knowledge, growth, and change in order to create a new standard of personal health and harmony. To embrace a new understanding of what love is. It’s also a microcosm; a story of a much larger social upheaval—the stratospheric rise of wheat and gluten intolerance, why that’s happening, and what people are doing in the face of it.
-Co-op Volunteer and Book Club president Rachel Clark
"Plenty: Eating Locally on the 100-Mile Diet," by Alisa Smith and J.B. McKinnon.
"The Coincidence of Coconut Cake," by Amy Reichert.
"Extra Virginity: The Sublime and Scandalous World of Olive Oil," by Tom Mueller.
"The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat, and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet," by Nina Teicholz.
"Lentil Underground," by Liz Carlisle.
"Fat for Fuel: A Revolutionary Diet to Combat Cancer, Boost Brain Power, and Increase Your Energy," by Dr. Joseph Mercola.
"Delicious Foods," by James Hannaham.
"Extra Virgin: A Young Woman Discovers the Italian Riviera, Where Every Month is Enchanted," by Annie Hawkes.
Food for Thought Film Series
The Food for Thought Film Series is designed to offer education through entertainment. We bring both documentaries and feature films to town on a number of issues related to the Co-op’s mission. Films are shown at the Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre in downtown Moscow February - April and September - November with occasional additional screenings. We are excited to share that we have partnered with the University of Idaho Sustainability Center to make every film free for everyone! In addition, we may partner with additional community organizations and businesses that share interests in the subject matter of a particular film.
April's Film is Island Earth
When?: Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
Where?: The Kenworthy Performing Arts Center (508 S. Main Street)
How Much?: free to all (so bring a friend!)
A rich and complex tale of a young indigenous scientist's journey through the corn fields of GMO companies and loi patches of traditional Hawaiian elders reveals modern truths and ancient values that can save our food future.
To feed all the humans on the planet, we are going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we have grown since the beginning of civilization.
But our conventional agricultural practices are depleting the earth’s natural resources faster than we are replenishing them. How are we going to feed the world without destroying the planet we live on?
Island Earth brings this question to life by taking us on the ground to Hawaii, the “ground zero” where all of these issues collide in sharp relief. Less than two centuries ago, native Hawaiians fed their large population through some of the most historically sustainable agricultural practices ever documented. Yet modern-day Hawaii now imports 80-90% of their food supply from elsewhere in the world, due to a complex web of public policy and private interests. Within two generations, the Hawaiians have become canaries in the coal mine for food issues that are affecting the entire planet.
-from the film's website (found here)
Every year, your Co-op organizes crop mobs to Sexton Farms in Harvard, Idaho, and Pokey Creek Farm in Santa, Idaho.
What is a Crop Mob?
An organized group of volunteers that helps take some of the workload during the busiest farming season. These all-day events are vital to the functioning of small farms, and take place in counties all across the United States! Here at the Moscow Food Co-op, crop mobs provide a valuable resource to our local farmers and help our agricultural community flourish.
At a Co-op crop mob, you'll harvest, plant, weed, and more - and then at the end you'll enjoy home-cooked food and snacks from the Co-op. Come experience the spirit of cooperation!
Our next crop mob is: (Date and location TBA)
FED in Five takes place twice a day each Wednesday, from 10:30am - 1:30 pm and again from 4:00-7:00 pm. Shoppers can expect to taste delicious seasonal recipes while also learning about cooking with different grains, the health benefits of certain foods and all about where their food is coming from. All of the recipes featured through FED in Five use only five ingredients (or less) and occasional pantry staples like salt and pepper.