We order the worms on Thursday 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.
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, cloth diapers for the green parents, 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.
Earth’s General Store have been offering a great selection of Certified Organic, Open pollinated, Heirloom, and Local seeds for over a decade now. Last year we added organic seed potatoes and they all disappeared into peoples gardens to be grown and feed them in the fall. Nice.
We brought in double the amount of Organic Seed Potatoes this year and more that half of them have already been sold.
We have four varieties this year:
I believe we are the only source for Organic Seed potatoes in Edmonton.
I have seen estimates of between 3 billion and 9 billion bags a year being used and discarded in Canada. Now I don’t know about you but to me that is a staggering number. And quite shameful when you think of all those bags at one time. When you go shopping and get one it doesn’t seem like much. Then you go to another store and you get your purchase in another one. Before you know it you have a bag of bags at home and you send them off to the recycling centre and you feel good that you have diverted all your bags to a recycling stream rather than the garbage.
Did you know that in most cases it is more expensive for the recycling program to collect and separate than the money they receive for the raw material? We are subsidizing the recycling.
It makes sense to reduce this ‘waste’ stream so that petroleum and plastic can be used for more important products – ones that last longer than their usual life of about 30 minutes. How? By reusing bags. All those plastic bags can be reused MANY times and you can invest in some good quality cloth bags that can be used for decades.
I assume you have all heard the buzz around a new documentary called Revolution. Several of the staff and customers have gone to see it and have said great things about it.
For Earth Day 2013 the film producers would like to encourage more people to check it out. They have provided us with 5 (Five) double guest passes that you can use during the run of the film at the cinema.
So what we will do is the first 5 people that come into the store on Monday, April 22nd, 2013 (we open at 10 am) and to make it more interesting and educational you have to tell us what year was the first Earth Day Festival held on April 22nd.
The tickets are valid until the end of the engagement and only Monday – Thursday. It is playing at the Cineplex Cinema North (14231 137th Avenue, Edmonton).
Yesterday (April 20th, 2013) we celebrated Earth Day in Edmonton with a mini festival at Earth's General Store. This event took up the WHOLE parking lot. This was not so great for our customers so we thought we would encourage them to come out to the festival on Saturday but to come to do their weekly shopping on Sunday by having an Earth Day Sale.
So by avoiding and possibly being disappointed by the crowds of people and the lack of parking in the area yesterday we want to offer you 10% off EVERYTHING in the store - including sale items!
That's right 10% off your whole bill if you come to the store today only - Sunday, April 21st, 2013 (10am to 6pm)
It is a great day to pick up that Excalibur Dehydrator that you were thinking of purchasing.
Happy Earth Day Sale!
- Posted April 21st, 2012
Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs) are an interesting business model a model that meshes well with my philosophy. CSAs are farms (growing operations) where the grower has an arrangement with consumers to supply them with fresh and usually organically grown produce for a specified time period. It is a direct relationship with between consumers and producers. It is meant to be respectful and mutually beneficial – consumers get locally produced fresh produce and the growers get paid directly.
I have participated in this international day of action for many years now. It is such a simple act that many of us could quite easily do but many of us forget that it is an option – we are in the routine… pull clothes out of washer and put in dryer right next to it.
The patterns that we have developed over the past three to four generations are starting to severely effect the climate our personal health (climate change and pollution). If we are to turn around the problems we have created we cannot continue in our usual routines. We need to change. One of the routines we can change is how we dry our laundry.
I have been hanging my laundry outside in the sun for most of my life using my own personal solar device – the clothesline! I hang it throughout the year and when I don't hang it outside I hang in in my basement. I was only using the dryer about 4 times a year and when it was time to rearrange the basement area gave it away (put it in the alleyway with a sign that said FREE and it was quickly gone). That was over 15 years ago. Besides doing all the household laundry (1-2 loads a week) I also do the laundry for the store (2-3 loads a week).
After approaching numerous venues for this year's festival, and being unable to find any that were suitable, able or available to host the event, Earth Day coordinators shared the unhappy news with EGS's owner Michael Kalmanovitch.
"We were thrilled when Michael approached his neighbours Adara Hair and Sai Baba Center and agreed to repurpose their parking lot so that a mini version of the festival could be held." says former Earth Day coordinator, Janice Shoults.
Since that time (about 2 weeks prior to the available date of April 20.) a mini Earth Day celebration has been collaboratively created featuring:
I love cycling and I think bicycling is one of the best ways to enjoy our neighbourhoods, our city, improve our health, reduce our ecological footprint, clean the air, fun and many other wonderful factors. I also love the Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society (EBC) which has promoted the use of the bicycle as a viable and fun way of transportation. I have been involved with this group since 1986 as a volunteer, a member, and as a director.
On May 5th Earth’s General Store (EGS) and Edmonton Bicycle Commuters’ Society will be hosting a bike day. A day that you can bring your bicycle down to Earth’s General Store and volunteers from EBC will do a free tune up. Tune ups will be from 11am to 3pm.
On April 9th there will be several actions taking place across Canada opposing the possible approval of GMO Alfalfa to be sold to farmers in Canada. Earth’s General Store, and my self personally, are opposed to GMO technology and the resulting pollution it is causing.
I encourage everyone to join me on April 9th at the local event – see this Facebook page – and to write to your MP to express your concerns and opposition to GMO and in particularly GMO Alfalfa. You can also drop by the store and sign the petition here (over by the check out counter).
Here is the statement that I signed onto at the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network site:
Yesterday we reached 3,000 Likes on our Facebook Page. Thank you everyone that helped us achieve this milestone. I feel flattered that such a small company as ours has some many people that think we are special and have in turned ‘Liked’ us on Facebook and come to the store to financially support us.
So here is a shout out to all of you that have liked us, those that choose to support us, and those that may decide to do one or both of those choices.
Take care and thank you!
Michael and all the staff!
- Posted March 30th, 2013
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