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Mississippi Market Natural Foods Co-op strives to provide educational opportunities that appeal to our members and shoppers and support our mission to promote natural foods, health and wellness, and a sustainable environment.

Class Proposals

  • Classes are chosen based on their likelihood for success with Mississippi Market’s members/shoppers, the instructors’ expertise and references, products we carry, and evaluations from classes previously taught.
  • Ingredients must be available at Mississippi Market.
  • Instructors are encouraged to submit their proposals for the two month period in advance of submission deadline.
  • Mississippi Market will book, at most, 10 classes per month.
  • Classes are held at Mississippi Market’s East 7th and West 7th store locations. Indicate preferred location on form.
  • We ask that new instructors submit a head shot with their proposal.


  • Mississippi Market handles all registration of students and collection of fees.
  • Instructors determine participant minimum for class to be held, and class size limit. Room capacity: 16 with tables and chairs, 30 with chairs only.
  • Two seats per class are reserved for Mississippi Market staff at no charge. (This is not included in your minimum or maximum participant count).
  • You will need to determine 3 days before the class if there are enough participants registered. Contact our Education & Events Specialist to cancel or change a class.
  • Students need to register and pay for the class through Eventbrite or at Customer Service before the class starts. Mississippi Market is not responsible for tracking down payment after a class ends.

Instructor Payment

  • Mississippi Market retains 25% of registration fees from lectures and classes.
  • Mississippi Market provides a 20% discount on food purchased at Mississippi Market for use in classes.
  • Instructors determine what to charge per participant. We ask that co-op members be charged $3-5 less than non-members, so please price your class accordingly.
  • Class fees should be enough to cover all materials needed and the instructor’s time.
  • Instructors will be sent a check and statement of account for any class(es) taught within two weeks of teaching.

Class Materials

  • All paid lectures should provide a written handout. Cooking classes should provide samples.
  • All ingredients for cooking classes should be available at Mississippi Market. Mississippi Market will provide a 20% discount on food purchased for a class.
  • Instructors may provide information about their business or area of expertise, but our classes are meant to spread knowledge, not advertise. Excessive advertisement often results in poor evaluations.
  • Mississippi Market does not allow distribution of recruitment or campaign literature.
  • Class evaluations will be provided. Instructors should facilitate completion of these and have students return them to the box provided.
  • Instructors are responsible for notifying our Education & Events Specialist of all tools needed for the class, provided this is done well in advance of the class.
  • We provide: classroom kitchen with electric cook top, convection/radiant oven, sinks, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, basic kitchen utensils and place settings. Projector and laptop set up is available upon request.