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Good Friday/Easter Weekend Holiday Hours at Earth's General Store

On Good Friday we will be having reduced open hours to observe the holiday.

  • Holiday Hours - Easter Weekend.
  • Good Friday: 11am - 5pm (holiday Hours)
  • Saturday: 9am - 6pm (Regular Hours)
  • Sunday: 10am-6pm (Regular Hours)
  • Monday: 10am-8pm (Regular Hours)

Earth's General Store wishes everyone a wonderful long weekend.

- Posted April 15th, 2014

Edmonton Earth Day 2014

Earth Day started in 1970. It was when the US government was pressured by citizens to create legislation to protect the environment like the clean water and clean air act. The creation of the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) also came out of this realization that we needed mechanisms and legislation to protect the environment.

Earth Day is a day to mark this shift and to keep up the awareness that more needs to be done. The environment needs our help - now and always. We can do many little things to reduce our ecological footprint and we can do some major things to help move our governments to enact legislation to provide more protection for the environment - voting is a good place, phoning or writing to your elected and not elected 'officials', talking with your co-workers and neighbours, and becoming an activist (a person that acts on their knowledge or beliefs).

This is an Edmonton Earth Day event (http://edmontonearthday.ca/ and https://www.facebook.com/events/733832303313947/). It is taking place at Earth's General Store as a matter of convenience. Next year it will be a different location.

Fermented Foods Workshop 101 - Introduction (May 7th, 2014)

Come sample a variety of fermented foods, including sauerkraut and kefir. We'll discuss how and why these foods are so important for your health and the planet's, the basics of safe fermenting and how to adapt recipes. Together we'll make a batch of cordito (Mexican sauerkraut) and find recipes for preserving your garden bounty through fermentation. 

You'll go home with a recipe booklet, your jar full of delicious cordito, and the confidence to ferment at home all year long. Please bring a one-cup mason jar with lid. 

Location: King Edward Community League - Smalll Hall - Corner of 81 street and 80th avenue Actual address is 8008 - 81 Street. Duncan Innes Park

Presenter: Megan Miller

When: Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. – 9:00pm

Cost: $25.  Pre-register through this EventBrite page.

Get Growing Day at Earth's General Store May 11th, 2014

This past winter has been a long one and frustrating for many people. The longer days are happening but the warmer days have been somewhat delayed this year. People have started to propagate their seeds to get a head start on the growing season. People have been proudly sharing their tomato and pepper sprouts on Facebook and Twitter – it is an annual renewal of growth and hope of good things to come :).

Earth's General Store wants people to grow more of their own food. We believe that growing, processing, cooking, and eating food from our own labour, our own land, our own imagination is healthy, nurturing, spiritually and physically connecting to nature, gives us an appreciation of what goes into growing food and saves you money.

New Items at Earths General Store

Earth’s General Store continuously expands our selection of Organic, Fair Trade, Vegan/Vegetarian and Raw Food items. This month I am very pleased to let people know we have some excellent products. Some of them are new to not only our store but to Edmonton (such as bulk organic olive oil, bulk organic sesame oil, bulk organic almond meal).

Bottled Water Free Day, a Toast to Water and Sale at Earth's General Store

What an odd thing bottled water is.
 
A product that is typically removed from our municipal water supply by large multinational corporations (Nestle, Coca Cola, Pepsi, etc), filtered, put into single use plastic bottles, and sold to consumers for many times the cost of the water. For example. If I fill up a tank that was one cubic metre with water from my tap it would cost me about $4. That same water put into 500mL bottles and sold for say 50 cents would represent a selling price of $1,000. Of course the company doing this repacking needs to purchase bottling equipment, the empty bottles, and the whole distribution and advertising system to have people purchase their product but when you start with that kind of profit margin it is incredibly lucrative.
 
The environmental cost of the plastic single use bottles is also extremely heavy as well.
 
Just when you thought that drinking out of plastic was safe since the plastic they use for water bottles did not have BPA (bisphenol-A) in it new research has found that there are many other ingredients used in the manufacturing of the bottles that leach endocrine disrupting chemicals into the liquid.

Honouring Women - International Women's Day 2014

Happy International Women’s Day

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

To show honour, respect and appreciation of all women in our society and for all the women who came before, Earth’s General Store is providing one Free Organic Fair Trade Chocolate Bar to each wonderful woman for all of Saturday (or until quantities are depleted*).

Respect, peace, justice and the end of all violence would be great gift to give to women and the world but Earth’s General Store cannot deliver on all these but we work to bring these aspects of a healthy society into being. What we can offer right here and now is a small gift of appreciation to these people in our society that provide us with so much is a chocolate bar. This is no ordinary chocolate bar – it is mad by a cooperative organisation out of Ottawa (Cocoa Camino), is certified organic and is Fair Trade Certified – showing respect for the organisation, the planet, the workers… and in turn the recipients.

 

International Women's Day 2014 Poster

Latest Green Acts Rewards Recipients from Earth's General Store Customers

As most of you know we have operated a Green Acts Reward program at the store for many years. This is where customers get rewarded (besides the 5 cents for when you/they bring in their shopping bag or container to refill) with tokens of value and they then donate their reward to organisations. For more information about this program please visit my earlier blog.

Green Acts Reward recipients for the last period.

  • ETC Group $71.28 CDN
  • Post Carbon Institute $75.00USD
  • La Via Campesina $85USD

To date Earth’s General Store has, through this program and the green actions of our customers, donated over $3,000 to many organizations in Edmonton, in Canada and around the world. Thank you to help spread the knowledge, the funds and for taking green actions!

ETC Group

New Products at Earth's General Store - February 2014

Last week I went out and bought a new cooler so that we can reduce the crowding of our products. That being said it also gave me the opportunity to bring in a few products that I hadn’t before due to the limited space. There will be more new beverages, more kombucha and even some bottle kefir by the end of the week. Tasty!

Some of the new items that we have recently brought in are:

Charities in Canada - Watch out if You Question the Government

Today, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty will be bringing in a budget and he may be introducing further rules and restrictions of groups that can get and use charitable status. This is fine as long as it is not punitive, restricts societal dialogue, restricts criticism, and is not all about quitting dissenting voices. There are quite a few groups that have charitable status, I just did a quick search and found out that there are 86,738 on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website list. This was quite a few more than I would have guessed. Many of these are religious organisations.

One of my understanding of being granted charitable status is that less than 10% of your budget and activities can come from charitable sources and used on advocacy. This has stopped one of the groups I have been involved in for over 30 years from applying for charitable status. What happens when the very nature of the work you do could be seen as advocacy. I am speaking specifically about a bicycle organisation that represents the cycling community at city hall and asking for better and safer bicycle infrastructure.