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.
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.
New products at Earth’s General Store! It has been a while since I have written a list of our new items and wow there are a lot! When I went out onto the floor and started to write down the list it just kept getting longer and longer. I am sure that I have overlooked several items.
You may have noticed my blog posting regarding our diapers – as in we are not selling them any longer. We needed the room for the expanding of the food offering as well as other reasons. If you would like to learn more about this decision you can check out the blog posting.
Books: Lots of new books since the last post. Did you know that Earth’s General Store has the largest selection of books on Vegetarian, Vegan, Raw, Permaculture, Beekeeping, Fermentation, and Organic Gardening in Canada! This is quite something since we are not really a bookstore. We believe that information is important to inspire/create change so books are a tool to provide people with quality information.
Actually these came in the other week but I forgot to let people know that they are now here.
Only a few new titles this year like “Simply Raw”, “City Chickens and their Coops”, “Street Art” and “Farm to Table”.
Over the years we have had a loyal following of our nuts and seed offering. People will spend 5 – 10 minutes in that section of the store refilling the bags, jars, or yogurt containers that they brought from home.
The demand for good quality (raw, fresh, and/or organic) nuts and seeds must be increasing since we are having supply problems. Our suppliers have run out of raw almonds, sunflower seeds and macadamia.
Recently we were able to score some raw almonds (which only lasted a couple of days) and RAW Macadamia nuts. These whole macadamia nuts are expensive (about 20 cents each) but once you try them I am sure you will agree – they are worth it. ($60.00 per kilogram).
These macadamia nuts are from Hawaii and are very ‘fresh’ tasting. They are processed rare (no heat used in the drying process) and are shelled immediately after harvest. This unique process enhances the nut’s sweetness and ensures a quality product. These nuts are NOT Certified Organic. I am told they are grown without pesticides.
A woman was in the store last week and had just come over here from Planet Organic where she had asked the question of two of their staff. Do your products contain GMOs? One person told her that if it contained corn from the USA it had GMO even if it was labelled organic. The other person said that if it were labelled organic or NON-GMO Project Verified it does not have GMO ingredients. She was confused with their answer and came over to ask me. I think she was pleased with the thoroughness of my answer.
I live in an information bubble and assume everyone that comes into the store knows certain things… like what is ‘Certified Organic”.
The other day we packed up the rest of our diaper, wraps, covers, bottles, and nipples and I drove it over to the Edmonton Food Bank and donated it all to them.
Earth’s General Store was the first retail store in modern times to offer cloth reusable diapers. The store was changing and many people are buying their cloth diapers off line. I was told that our prices were better than the online prices but it is so convenient sitting at home and click click click – you have just ordered all the diapers your child will need over their two years of diaper using. Oh well.
I am glad that we had diapers in the store right from the beginning. I really loved it when parents would choose what I considered a vastly superior choice for their child and the planet.
Thank you for all the support over the years.
If you are looking for cloth diapers there are some local stores that still carry them and I ask that you support them with your patronage and purchases:
Over the years several multinational corporations like Monsanto, Syngenta, and Bayer have embarked on what is commonly referred to as ‘Biotech’ – manipulating seeds with transgenic material. That is they take some part of the DNA of one species and injected (shoot) it into the DNA of the species you wish to manipulate.
Personally I do not think this is a good idea. I think that there were reasons that natural never allowed those two species to share DNA.
One aspect of the biotech that especially Monsanto has engaged in is that they have embarked on purchasing seed companies. They who own the seeds control the foods.
My understanding of the strategies that they have used in places like India is that they will approach a whole village – tell them what a bountiful yield they will get using their seeds. They even pay the farmers for their seeds so that they can purchase the Monsanto biotech seeds and offer loan assistance for the other inputs that their seeds require – synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Using high pressure sales tactics this sounds very good to the farmers.
In a quick stroke they have tied these farmers to the chemical and seed giant until they run out of money but they have bought the intellectual and geographically raised seeds from these farmers.
Earth's General Store's Health and Wellness consultant, Barry Knight, will be available Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 12-4pm. Barry has extensive knowledge and training in areas such as wholefoods supplements, sports nutrition, raw foods, and sprouting. Should you be looking for excellent customer service in these and other related areas, we welcome to you to come by and ask for him.
You can also find Barry in the EGS Produce area on Fridays and Saturdays, so feel free to seek him out then as well.
- Posted October 25th, 2013
It has been a really wonderful fall this year but it has been very dry. Our trees are going to into their dormant state – leaves are falling and the ground will start to freeze. To embark on this phase of their lives they usually have ground moisture to not only help them move their nutrients through their hydrologic system but if there is not enough moisture in the ground to adequate freeze their root mass they run the risk of sudden temperature rises throughout the winter months and this will weaken them.
Just like all of us trees need a healthy sleep. They don’t like being disturbed by temperature changes that can wake them up. If this happens it weakens them and make them susceptible to diseases.
Dry ground doesn’t freeze. It is the moisture in the soil that freezes and the bigger the block of ice water the more resistant it is to thawing. One way to help them out at this time of transition is to thoroughly soak the ground around their roots.
The best way to do this is to use a root watering spike. The ones you can buy at most greenhouse/garden centres/hardware stores is like the one in the photograph below (I got mine from Apache Seeds several years ago). This put the water directly into the ground a couple of feet down.
Over the years Earth’s General Store has been blessed by wonderful staff. Our staff buck the trend of high turn over. They are attracted to the philosophy and participation of the store in the community and that we live what we ‘preach’.
It has come a time that two staff members are leaving us and we are sad to see them go but happy that they are finding other adventures to move onto.
Kari is returning to her family’s organic farm up near Beaverlodge and Kristina is going to apply some of her university degree and passion for helping young children in a social service agency.
These two fine people will be at the store for the remainder of the week so if you would like to say goodbye please drop in and give them a hug. They will be missed by all Earth’s General Store staff and customers. We wish them well and many thanks for their love, energy, passion, fun, and customer service they have brought to the store over the past years.
The Bissell Centre is one of the organisations doing excellent work in the inner city. Earth's General Store has been providing monthly donations for more than ten years now because we value their work.
One of the ways that they provide for the people they serve is to provide clothing, household items and children toys at low cost through their two Thrift Shoppes in Edmonton). They also provide free items through a variety of channels for people in need.
On September 2nd, 2013 the north side shop was severely damaged by fire to the point the building can't be used any longer. All the donations and inventor in the store were lost to the fire.
The Bissell Centre has asked the community to help restock their shop and Earth's General Store is hosting a collection event to help out with the Re-Stock the Shoppe.
So please bring your clean and gently used items to Earth's General Store (9605 - 82nd Avenue) on Sunday, October 27th, 2013 during open store hours (10am to 6pm).
We do not have holding capabilities so PLEASE do not drop any items off at the store before Sunday, September 27th, 2013
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