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.

Fundraiser - Kenyan Seed Bank Project

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.

Health and Wellness Consultant at Earth's General Store

Barry Health and Wellness

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

Wonderful Dry and Warm Fall is NOT Great for OUR Trees - Water Your Trees for the Winter

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.

Adieu to Long Time Staff

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.

Kari and Kristina

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.

Re-Stock the Shoppe (Bissell Centre's Thrift Shoppe)

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).
Please bring a travel mug and we will fill it up with some a free hot cup of our Fair Trade Organic freshly roasted coffee (organic cream and sugar of course).

We do not have holding capabilities so PLEASE do not drop any items off at the store before Sunday, September 27th, 2013

My Usual Salad Dressing Recipes - Earth's General Store

Most people think that being a vegetarian mean eating lots of salads. How many times I have heard at a restaurant when asked do you have anything for a vegetarian – we have salads.

Up until a few years ago I would rarely eat salad. Then a friend provided me with a recipe that made eating salads extremely delicious and I would eat a salad every day. In fact, one year when my son with with his mother for a month that was all I ate for supper – a large salad.

I like creamy dressings most of the time – like Caesar dressing. I do make other dressings and will add them to the site as I get around to it but these two are currently the ones I use.

I don’t have the original recipe that my friend gave me but the following is what I put together – sorry but the measurements are approximate. I use a Bullet blender to make my dressing – it is the right size for the amount I want to make. Just put them in – no particular order though I find if I put the soy in first the nut butter or miso doesn’t get smeared on the side of the blender container. I think it is important to use certified organic soy (not GMO) and oils.

Fall Workshops at Earth's General Store

As we move into fall people are looking for interesting things to do. We Earth’s General Store has lined up several workshops so that skills and knowledge can be shared around a larger pool of people.

We have already held two of our most popular workshops – Introduction to Fermented Foods and Dehydration Demonstration – BUT we have several more coming up. You can see the complete listing of the workshops at our EventBrite page.

Dried White Mulberries Available at Earth's General Store

Today we received several calls about dried white mulberries. This is unusual for this product. When one of the staff asked a caller why the interest they said they saw it on Dr Oz.

Yes we do carry dried white mulberry. We carry the packaged product and we even carry this in bulk at $36.00 per kilogram.

Save money, save packaging, and save landfill space.

- Posted October 1st, 2013

Ecocide - Why we need a International Law

Ecocide is the extensive damage to, destruction of or loss of ecosystem(s) of a given territory, whether by human agency or by other causes, to such an extent that peaceful enjoyment by the inhabitants of that territory has been or will be severely diminished. [from http://eradicatingecocide.com/]

Before I started the store I came to the conclusion that too many organizations were focused on their own territory – what we would call departmentalism in government and large organizations. They didn’t include the larger picture – it is all connected/related and if we do things piece meal then we will not succeed in the time frame needed. The Ecocide Law would address the shortcomings of the present laws.

It complements the Bolivian “Law of the Rights of Mother Earth” which is a planet focused law and is being considered by the United Nations as a concept to be included in their policies.

The idea of creating a law that would provide severe penalties to people, governments and corporations goes to the core – if you harm that which we all depend on to survive, flourish, love and play then you will be tried for your actions.

True Ceylon Organic Cinnamon at Earth's General Store

True Ceylon Cinnamon a really popular product and I assume it is difficult to find since quite a few people are finding their way to the store to find this scarce health product.

They are caution about whether the cinnamon we carried was true cinnamon from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) when they first contact us since the majority of cinnamon out there is not true cinnamon. True Ceylon cinnamon is also called Mexican Cinnamon because this is the only cinnamon they use in their cuisine.

People are concerned with the coumarin oil content in the cinnamon originating from other south-eastern Asian countries.There is concern in some academic circles that coumarin oil can adversely effect the liver and is recognized as a blood-thinner. Cassia has over 1250 times the amount of coumarin in it than Ceylon cinnamon.