At Earth's General Store we offer visitors information and products that will help them reduce their ecological and social impact on the planet and all inhabitants. We are a distributor of information and knowledge, encouraging people to consume less, consume wisely, consume locally, consume fairly and love lots more! We do this by offering items that have beneficial advantages - local, certified organic, Fair Trade Certified, in bulk (less packaging), water and energy efficiency products, information, and support to act! We are attempting to offer a way of life that is balanced and respectful of the planet and all its creatures. I know this sounds a little wishy washy but I believe that is our ultimate goal in life - do as little harm as possible and leave the world better than when we arrived. One of the intimate ways that we interact with the environment is through the food we eat. We have the power to choose food that has less impact on the environment, society and other beings. We can eat less meat, choose food that is grown locally and organically and to buy in bulk. In February 2010 Earth’s General Store moved and expand our inventory to include food products. We now offer fresh, packaged, chilled and frozen organic products. We are a real Health Food Store - offering healthy food for your body, your spirit and the planet. We continue to carry the products that we have offered the citizens of Edmonton since 1991 like worms for composting, animal free personal care products, and reusable menstrual products. We have the most experience of any store or organization in Edmonton on green lifestyle. If you want to help make the world a better place Earth’s General Store may be of great assistance to help you along the path.

Edmonton Earth Day Festival TODAY - April 26th

Well - the weeks of planning are coming together.

Today, Edmontians gather at a small park in downtown Edmonton to say - our planet matterss! Citizens will learn some tools they can use to green up their lives, save money and get more in touch with nature.

So come down to 10120 - 104th Street and join us. Festivities start at noon and last until 4pm. You can find more out at the Facebook page or the website

The weather should be quite sunny today and there is an excellent chance of fun, music and laughter :)

One of the greenest things people can do is VOTE green. You will have two chances to vote green this year - provincially and federally. Let's change the path that we are on and have a more just and balanced society.

- Posted April 26th, 2015 

Urban Organic Seeds are Now in Stock

I was going to skip carrying these seeds this year but then a regular customer reminded of the unique organic offerings this company provides so I quickly put in an order.

It didn’t show up in early April so I waited. Finally I phoned them and it turns out they shipped them to our old address over by 109th. Unfortunately a couple of weeks were lost.

Anyway we do have a good selection of their seeds now in stock. Some of these seeds are:

 

20 percent off at 20C on April 21st!

20 percent off at 20OC on April 21st!

On April 21st it is predicted to be over 20OC for the first time this year. Earth’s General Store wants to celebrate this by doing something special.

Does anything say warm temperatures like “ICE CREAM”? So to mark this weather related event Earth’s General Store is going to have 20% OFF ALL OF OUR ICE CREAM!

Yup! We figure that 20% off ice cream is a grand way to mark this climatic event.

Earth Day 2015

Over the past three years Earth's General Store hosted the Edmonton Earth Day festival in our parking lot. 

2015 marks the 25th Anniversary of Edmonton's Earth Day Festival and we have invited several of the key people that initiated the festival and the people that kept it going for many years. So come out and join us to thank these people. 

This year we are taking the event downtown (Michael Kalmanovitch, owner of Earth's General Store is now the festival coordinator). It is a rebuilding year for the festival and will start off small. EGS is covering the costs of permits, insurance, tent rentals, etc and we can't afford too much. Hopefully the stores do better for next year and we can invest in a larger festival.

The decision to move downtown was to introduce Edmonton Earth Day to the concentration of a large population in the downtown core.

Earth Day is annually on April 22nd but Edmonton traditionally hosts the festival the weekend after that (who wants to come out to a festival mid-week?). Our Festival will be on Sunday, April 26th, 2015 and start at noon. See our Facebook Page and sign up to get a reminder closer to the date. 

Milkweed Plants and Butterfly Food

We have all heard about the devastating effect that GMO pollution has caused on the butterfly population in many areas. The die off of the butterflies, especially the monarch butterfly, is related to the loss of their most important food source – the milkweed.

The best way to help the butterflies is to stop supporting the GMO industry. Unfortunately that industry is not going to die soon so the next best thing we can do is to plant habitat for the butterflies and other pollinators on our land.

Who has not enjoyed the sight of butterflies alighting on flowers and moving about their yard. Every child has squealed with joy at having a butterfly land on their shoulder, face or danced after one in a field? We instinctively recognize that they are beneficial and not harmful.

There are many plants that are noted as being very attractive to pollinators. Earth’s General Store continues to highlight these seeds in our seed selection. Of particular note are.milkweed seeds (Asclepias). These flowers offer one of the best food sources for pollinators – especially the monarch butterflies. Check out your local seed supplier and ask for some seeds or drop by Earth’s General Store.

Litter - Be the Change!

Such a small piece it won’t matter – right? Well all those little pieces not only add up to be an unsightly mess but they can end up killing people and animals Don’t discard litter – put it in its proper place.

 

Prevention is best. If you can avoid taking another plastic bag, another disposable container, more packaging than needed, another straw… then great. Don’t be part of the problem – be the solution. If you can’t avoid getting some kind of packaging ensure that it is properly disposed of.

Recently the media has been highlighting the amount of plastic in the oceans. It is not just the garbage that washes up on the shores of the world’s landmass it is microscopic pieces floating around in the oceans and being consumed by aquatic life. That plastic bag that flew out of your car when you were loading it with your groceries may end up in the oceans. Not all littering is intentional. Check out this video clip from Midway Island.

Give your energy bill the finger!

Be the Change - Give your energy bill the finger!

Flip the light switch off when you are not going to use the light in that space. You can have the most energy efficient bulb in your fixture but if we leave them on when not needed we are wasting resources, creating pollution, and wasting money.

In our house an unspoken rule is to only have one more light on than there are people in the house. Turning off lights and electrical items doesn’t cost you any money. It is just a slight change in your behavior/habits that will make a positive effect in the world.

Use the power of your finger to be power smart.

-          Posted April 4th, 2015

Earth's General Store Downtown

Our downtown store is located at 10150 - 104th Street in Edmonton's core.

We offer the largest selection of organic foods in the downtown area as well as freshly prepared foods from our in-house Organic Cafe. 

Get Growing Day 2015 - Third Annual

Honouring Mother Earth the Organic Way

On Sunday, May 10th, 2015 at 12 noon people will be gathering to participate in the third annual Get Growing Day where people can purchase directly from local organic growers, learn about organic gardening from experienced gardeners, purchase seeds, fertilizers, soil minerals, and books – all the sources needed to grow organically.

Who will be doing what:

Commuter Challenge!

Between May 31st and June 6th Earth’s General Store will encourage everyone that works at the store to commute to work in a greener manner as part of the national Commuter Challenge. This will be quite tough for us since I believe only 5 or so cars are owned by the staff and the rest walks, bicycles, and/or busses to work.

We challenge our customers to green their commute to work/school as well as to our store. Schools, businesses, organisations, and individuals can register at the Commuter Challenge website.

 

Let’s get Green Edmonton!

- Posted April 2nd, 2015