Classroom Guidelines

Seward Co-op hopes to provide fun, educational opportunities that reflect the culturally diverse community in which we live. Generally, classes should be focused in the areas of natural food, health, food justice and cooperative education.

Please complete a proposal form if you'd like to teach a class at Seward Co-op. For more information, please contact Abby Rogosheske (612-436-4058).

About Workshops

  • Classes and lectures are open to the public. The classroom is not available for private functions.
  • Classes should be focused in the areas of natural food, health, food justice and cooperative education.
  • Workshop presenters should avoid sales pitches. Workshops should provide information, not sell a product or a service. It is acceptable for attendees to ask for your business card, buy what you sell, or sign up for a service, so long as the basic content of the presentation is not geared toward sales.
  • Everyone is welcome at Seward Co-op. No one should be made to feel unwelcome at a workshop due to religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, veteran status, public assistance status, or any other status protected by law.
  • Classes must end no later than 9 p.m.
  • Once your workshop is scheduled, please do not cancel. If you fail to come to your workshop, you will not be permitted to schedule another.
  • Seward Co-op retains 25 percent of the fees that are collected for lectures and classes where attendees are charged.
  • Any food product used in a class at Seward Co-op must also be available for sale at the store. We give a 15% discount on all food purchased at Seward Co-op and used in cooking classes.
  • Employee-teachers are paid at the same rate as outside instructors.

Seward Co-op Will Provide

  • Classroom space and some equipment.
  • Participant registration and collection of fees (if applicable) on our website.
  • Advertisement of the class in our print and e-newsletters, website, social media and in-store signage.

Expectations for Instructors

  • Workshops are scheduled at least three months in advance in order to publish information in our quarterly newsletter.
  • Presenters will be asked to provide the following information for class descriptions:
    • Title – short titles are more effective visually
    • Text – a short description of the workshop; maximum of 100 words
    • Bio – a couple of sentences about yourself (remember to mention if you are a co-op member) Seward Co-op reserves the right to edit text.
  • Instructors are encouraged to bring literature, recipes, etc., to hand out to class participants.

Day of Presentation

  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the workshop in order to welcome early arrivals and make sure the room is open and set up as you need it. Please come earlier as needed for cooking classes. If no one is there to attend the workshop when it is scheduled to begin, please wait 30 minutes after the scheduled start time to make sure there are no late-comers.
  • All classroom equipment is available for instructor use. Please notify us in the week before the event about any specific needs.
  • All presenters are asked to spend a few minutes welcoming people to the co-op. Information about ownership at the co-op should be available at this time.
  • As an instructor at Seward Co-op, we ask that you represent the co-op in a positive manner and provide information about the co-op to the best of your ability.