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.
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.
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.
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!
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:
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.
Gardens take a bit of planning – specially if you want to start you transplant seedlings that you grow yourself.
We get certified organic seeds from a variety of seed houses: Harmonic Seeds (Barrhead, AB) Stellar Seeds Kaslo, BC), Urban Harvest (Toronto, ON), and West Coast Seeds (Lower Mainland, BC). We offer certified organic seeds, open pollinated, some hybrids (when open pollinated is not available for a variety), heirlooms varieties, and local seeds.
Starting next week seeds should start to arrive. West Coast Seeds has already arrived but won’t be put out for display until sometime next week.
One of our main seed suppliers, West Coast Seeds, has produced a very handy guide for prairie growers and for our zone. Check it out below.
Oh – and yes we have LOTS of Kale seeds coming in.
- Posted February 6th, 2014
Be Part of Something Good, Work at Earth’s General Store
We are an independent and locally owned community grocery store with a wide selection of Fair Trade Certified and Certified Organic choices. We offer the community information and products that support good health and reduce our individual and collective ecological impact on the planet.
We are currently looking for a Full-Time Produce Team Member
While previous produce experience is an asset, those willing to learn are also encouraged to apply.
I have now returned to Edmonton sans bicycle (I will get to that story shortly) from my journey to Guatemala and Mexico.
My trip was enjoyable and somewhat relaxing. There were some unusual connections made - Running into Kevin Schmidt in Valladolid (who then had his iPhone stolen), running into friends of Tad Hargreaves at the Mayan ruins of Cobá , running into people at a hotel that were also there last March, finding a iPhone on the side of the road and starting the process of getting it returned to the owners, having coffee in a coffee shop in San Cristobal de las Casas and starting a conversation with the woman on the next table and she being the only person in the city that could tell me the person that I was intending to meet up was not in Palenque but in San Cristobal de las Casas – thank you Universe.
I saw some wonderful scenes, met some beautiful people, did some good exercise and felt sadness, joy, energy, love, depression and frustration.
The regular price for our normal chlorella was about $150/kg. It was certified organic.
Recently I received a shipment of Certified Organic Chlorella and I have been able to lower the selling price to $98.00/kg. This is a very good price and I believe the lowest price for bulk (loose) chlorella in Canada.
I like chlorella and spirulina because they are such a great clean source of protein. When people ask me about them I say they add a sparkle. I did not realize this was the nice shot of protein they provided to my diet.
Several years ago someone asked me about this product and I have keep my eyes open for them ever since.
One of our supplier started to bring these items in very recently and I am pleased to say – as of today Earth’s General Store is now stocking Butler's Soy Curls
This item is vegan, made with non-GMO soy, and grown without chemical pesticides (pity they just didn’t go with Certified Organic and therefore they could dispense with having to list the things they don’t have in them).
Check out their website for wonderful ways to make the into a tasty recipe. I understand that businesses in Seattle and Portland use this product in some great street food and vegan cafe food.
- Posted December 22nd, 2013
Someone asked me to provide her a list of the permaculture books that we carry. When I wrote the list I did not realize we had so many.
I thought I would share it with everyone else. This list does not include our books on Organic Gardening, beekeeping, chicken coops, house building and such. AND definitely not including our listing of Vegan, Vegetarian, Plant Based and Raw recipe books which would be about 10 times longer :).
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