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In this file photo, Winter Matweecha, 13 of Brattleboro learns the proper way to cut vegetables with the help from Nathaneal Matthiesen, Co-Education and Outreach Coordinator at the Brattleboro Food Co-op, during a cooking class. The co-op offers a number of workshops and classes throughout the year, many of them free and open to the public.

BRATTLEBORO >> The Brattleboro Food Co-op hosts a number of activities through the end of October, many of them free and open to the public.

"Fun Foods from Around the World: India," is today, Oct. 15, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. In this class, participants will prepare samosas, a popular triangle shaped street food, traditionally filled with potatoes, peas and spices. They will add bits of broccoli and cauliflower, the Harvest of the Month vegetable, to make it a Vermont samosa.

On Wednesday, Oct. 19, and Thursday, Oct. 20, from 5 to 6:30 p.m., there will be an adults-only volunteer training for folks interested in teaching kids about food, health or science. Food Connects and the Co-op invite members to become familiar with a program developed in collaboration with Green Mountain Farm to School, and the Upper Valley Farm to School Network to provide ready to go materials to promote the use of local, seasonal foods in the classroom, cafeteria, and the community. Attendance to this training earns shareholder hours.


On Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., the Co-op presents "Health and Harmony through the Principles of Ayurveda," an introductory discussion of Ayurveda, the traditional medical system from India. Join Jerry Landau, an MIT graduate and chemical engineer who has been practicing Asian Medicine for over 20 years. He has developed a unique blend of Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Yoga Therapy and has recently become a resident of Brattleboro, Vermont.

On Oct. 27, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., Master Herbalist, Cindy Hebbard will present holistic strategies to help with chronic or acute pain. Pain affects millions of Americans. Children, teens, adults and seniors can experience a number of pain conditions including headaches, arthritis, Lyme, sports injuries, back, hip, knee, foot, chest, digestive, and whole body pain.

"Spooky Cookies: Halloween Baking," will be presented on Oct. 31 from 4 to 5:30 p.m., featuring eye balls dripping with vanilla cream, chocolate dipped dragon claws, mouse tails and more in this playful class where participants can gruesomely decorate Halloween cookies to eat and share. Come in your costume, and afterwards have dinner at the Co-op Cafe as you wait for the Horribles Parade to start at 6 p.m., right outside our front door.

On Nov. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Erik Johnson, Head Roaster for Mocha Joe's Coffee Roasters, will present "Coffee 101."