We order the worms on Wednesday and they are delivered to the store on Friday. People that are interested in getting worms need to place an order before Wednesday so that they can ensure that worms are reserved for them. People should pick their worms up at the store over the next few days (Friday, Saturday or Sunday). The worms are sold in 1/2 pound lots (this is 1/2 pound of worms in a small bag of soil) and are sold for $45.00. A kit consists of a 53L Rubbermaid Roughtote with holes drilled out of the lid (for ventilation), 1/2 pound bag of worms, 50 litres of soil, a trowel and a marker. The kit is sold for $75.00. We offer the bins and soil separately so you can purchase components as you need them. Please contact us at 780-439-8725 to order the worms and/or worm composting kit.
Earth’s General Store is becoming part of the fabric of the neighbourhoods of Ritchie and Mill Creek. People are using the store as their community convenience store where they purchase healthy bread, milk, eggs, fresh vegetables, pick up a community league newsletter, and many other daily products (all organic of course).
This feels good.
But people come from further afield because they value what we do. We are a neighbourhood community store but we also belong to a larger community – the environmental community, the peace and social justice community, the greener parenting community, the food security community, the bicycle commuting community, the smart growth community, the vegan/vegetarian community, the permaculture/organic gardening/pesticide reduction community, the gay/lesbian/LBGT community, and many other dimensions. We do this because this is who we are.
We are a neighbourhood community store PLUS! A local independent community focused store that offers the household basics and so much more.
- Posted November 5th, 2010
After much research and discussion with a few of our customers and suppliers Earth’s General Store offers Raw Certified Organic Almonds from Italy or Spain.
When we started carrying bulk almonds I asked our supplier for Raw Certified Organic Almonds and this is what they said they supplied to us. After a little further research with our supplier I found out that these were from California. I knew that Almonds from California could not be considered raw since they had to go through a sterilization process (Organic Almonds normally get sterilized through a steam process). I do not consider these to be raw if they go through this sterilization process.
So I started to look for real RAW Certified Organic Almonds and was able to find a supply of Raw organic almonds from Italy from one of my suppliers. In 2013 our supply of Italian almonds was interrupted and we sourced some from Spain which our customers said were delicious.
Why do I promote organic almonds? Years ago I watched a documentary on food and one of the scenes showed the spraying of a neurotoxin onto an almond orchard. I decided right then that I did not wish to be part of a system that used such a toxic product so I started to use only organic almonds in my home.
So you have decided to be a Vegetarian or Vegan! There are lots of reasons why people make this choice – environmental, consciousness, ethical, humanitarian, respect, health, weight loss – really there are so many reasons to choose this change in lifestyle.
It is quite easy eating vegetarian and a little more difficult to live a life as a vegan. It is important that you understand that you eat properly so that you have a diet that fulfils you and your dietary choice but is also healthy. Potato chips are vegan but they are not healthy to be regular part of a diet.
Looking for a store that aligns to your lifestyle choice? Earth’s General Store only stocks vegetarian and vegan grocery items. We don’t knowingly stock any dead animal food products in the store.
Does this sound like a store that you want to support?
Almost all the staff of Earth’s General Store are either vegetarian or vegan. We live this life. I have been a vegetarian since 1989 and have been involved in the Vegetarians of Alberta for almost 20 years.
To compliment our offering of products for people that have food and ingredient allergies and sensitivities (gluten free/wheat free items for people with Celiac Disease), lactose free cheese and dairy products (Daiya cheese, soy milk/rice milk and next week So Delicious Coconut Milk beverage), and Organic Soy Nut Butter we are adding NoNuts Golden Peabutter spread.
This Peabutter is Nut Free, Cholesterol Free and Gluten Free (and it looks like all the little rabbits are very happy on the label – : ))
-Posted October 22nd, 2010
We received a large load of green coffee beans this morning (10 bags) – Brazilian, Mexican, Guatemalan, Ethiopian, and Swiss Water Decaf. All Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic of course – and for the sake of the birds Shade Grown. The beans from Brazil, Mexico, and Guatemala are also Cafe Femenino certified.
This afternoon Eric Filpula (roastmaster) came in and roasted some excellent fresh roasted so now there will be fresh coffee in the bins for the weekend.
Remember to bring in your own container since we only sell our coffee in bulk.
-Posted October 21st, 2010
So many people tell me that they love our coffee. I believe they try it because they know that it is Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic (this is the ONLY type of coffee we use). They are surprised to hear that we roast our coffee fresh right at the store in Edmonton.
Some of the coffee we get is also produced with Cafe Femenino certification.
Since all the coffee is Certified Organic it is also Shade Grown. The coffee plant evolved as an understory plant – it grows in the shade of the tall rain forest trees. When the natural vegetation is preserved it continues to be home to all the fantastic biodiversity that lives there – the birds, the insects, and all the other animals and plants. Organic production methods and certification ensures that toxic synthetic chemicals are not put into the environment and destroying habitat, killing birds and insects and affecting the health of workers.
As more people travel around the globe, the planet undergoing global climate change, and Edmonton becoming warmer bugs are becoming wider spread and more prevalent.
Over the past several years our sales of diatomaceous earth (DE) have increased substantially. People use it specifically on BED BUGS but can be used on many other crawling bugs. Bed bugs are becoming quite a problem for many people – specially for people in apartment buildings because the blood suckers can easily travel from one apartment to another.
DE is one of the more common ‘natural’ tools that people can use to remove or reduce the pests from ones home. I also recommend using your vacuum – several times a day and thoroughly clean things like the bed, sofa, chairs, baseboards, etc. Also – if you have a deep freeze wash, dry (on a clothesline of course) and then freeze the items for at least 24 hours. Continue to wash, vacuum, freeze and use DE for at least a week. You have to be ruthless.
So if you have bed bugs or know someone consider getting some of our DE to use around your home. (our DE is also food grade).
I have also noticed that there is an incredible increase in availability of this product on the internet. There is lots of information out there on how to use it.
Remember – avoid breathing the DE dust.
The Activist Agenda lists events and activities that help to shape/shift our world to a more balanced and just place.
Presently the Activist Agenda can be found at http://greenedmonton.ca/activistAgenda/viewAA.
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