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.
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
Food is grown to nourish our bodies. A lot of labour, energy and financial resources went into getting it to our bodies. Along the way quite a bit of waste was generated (some estimate this to be as high as 40%) but we as the end consumer actually waste the largest percentage – almost 50% of this wastage. This wastage is disrespectful to the growers, the energy that went into growing and producing the food, and to the environment.
The food industry works to provide us with food for our bodies. The farmers plant the seeds, pickers pick the fruit, the machines harvest, transport companies move these products about the world. We are honour bound to respect this chain and the resources that went to produce this food for us by using it for what it was intended – to nourish our bodies.
It is estimated that in conventional about 3 - 10 calories of energy (fossil fuels, synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, etc) is used to create 1 calorie of food energy. Not a very sustainable system. Food production is very resource intensive and therefore has the corresponding level of environmental footprint.
Whew – whole bunch of great new items!
Just before I leave for a trip to Central America I have added lots of new items to our store inventory.
So when Stanley Burroughs first developed the ‘Master Cleanse’ he listed Grade B Maple Syrup as one of the main ingredients. Grade B is a grade designation particular to the USA – Canada (who produces the majority of maple syrup in the world) has a different grading system (Grade 1, 2 and 3) and to confuse it even further there are subcategories and an older grading system. Canada used to use an alpha grading system but moved to a numeric one (probably just to reduce confusion with the USA grades).
The reason why Mr. Burroughs chose this grade was that it had more nutrition value and heavier flavour than the lighter grade used on pancakes. I also believe he used this because the heavier grades (B and No. 3) have more substance and can glom only stuff better for cleaning out the body. What he may have been unaware of is that Canada has a lower grade than the USA Grade B and has even more of the properties that I believe he was looking for (Canadian Number 3 – Dark).
Well quite a few more new items at the store this week. Finding items that fit into the criteria and philosophy of the store is difficult and challenging.
Almost a year ago someone mentioned a product they saw in the USA called Cuppow and suggested I carry it in the store. I got hold of the manufacturer in the USA and got the product information and pricing. The store started to slow done and and decided to hold off on adding this to the store’s offering.
A former staff person returned to fill in while another staff went home to Cuba for a winter vacation and she had one. I was inspired to look into this product again and I am pleased to say that Earth’s General Store now carries Cuppow lids.
What are Cuppows? Well they are a smart little device that allows you to turn your mason jar into a drinking jar with a lid! Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words so check out this video.
Check out my latest blog posting regarding kombucha (from Edmonton's Healthiest Store - Earth's General Store!)
Rob has been making kombucha for Noorish Cafe. Earlier this month Rob facilitated a sold out kombucha workshop at our store.
The kits come with a culture (Scoby) in a mason jar and an accompanying paper bag that contains three tea samples for flavourings, link to his online instructions for care, maintenance and use, and a reusable cotton tea bag for brewing.
Of course we also offer lots of flavouring ingredients for you to choose from – a wide selection of Fair Trade and/or Organic teas like: Berry Berry, Rooibos Maple, Rooibos Peach, Blueberry, Raspberry and more.
Michael Kalmanovitch to Receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal from MP Linda Duncan on December 8th, 2012
The other day I was contacted and informed that Linda Duncan had selected me to be a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. I was quite surprised to hear this while at the same time other feelings kind of flooded through me – ashamed, humbled, pleased, stunned.
On Saturday, December 8th Linda Duncan will be presenting the 30 people she has selected to receive this award (each Member of Parliament is responsible for awarding 30 medals) at a hotel in Strathcona. I will be attending with my son and Earth's General Store's manager, Tammy Sluzar.
I am very grateful to Linda Duncan for this recognition of the work that the store does in our a community. The work we do can only be done through the support by the large community of people that support the store, those that share our passion of a just and saner world, and those that share their love with us.
Thank you everyone. You make all things possible.
Not all food is on a level playing field. Not all organic is equal. Where does it come from? Are the workers treated equably? Who owns the company manufacturing the food? Below is a classic poster about the organic/natural food industry. Most of the companies that manufacture ‘junk’ or confectionaries have purchased ‘organic or natural’ food companies to diversify and to wedge themselves into this expanding market.
Check out the latest information about water and Milk Kefir kits available at Earth's General Store in Edmonton. See my blog.
Over the years many people have asked us for kefir grains to make their own probiotic drinks. Well now I am very pleased to announce that Earth’s General Store is the first store in Edmonton to retail this beneficial product.
Last weekend we hosted a very successful fermentation workshop and during the workshop we launched the kefir product.
Many people are hungry, or should I say thirsty, for this product and I am happy to now make it available to people.
The Kefir kits consist of a mason jar with kefir grains accompanied by a paper bag with a plastic wide mouth funnel, instructions, a YouTube link, and a filtering bag.
These kits are grown and put together by a person right here in Edmonton.
Kefir consumption is recommended by several well known health advocates including Body Ecology.
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